Scruble Cube

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PhotobucketScruble Cube is a cross amongst crossword, Scrabble, and a Rubik’s Cube.  {Only I don’t have to “fix” the cube by taking it apart or taking the stickers off and putting them back in the original place.  Ummm…  It doesn’t matter if the cube is mixed up or not!  :-)}

PhotobucketWhen our Scruble Cube arrived, I couldn’t wait to open it up.  The kids sat around as we peeled the box open in great anticipation.  After the cube was taken out, the kids passed it back-and-forth, taking turns twisting the cube to try to form words.

One thing that we noticed right away was that the instructions were difficult to find.  They were located between the box and the inner reflective cardboard liner.  The other thing that we noticed was that the Scuble Cube frequently “sticks” in turning, and we had to turn it in the opposite direction to get it unstuck.  The instructions state, “New cubes sometimes have sticking points.  Never force a cube.  Simply test the turn or reverse direction making sure all rows are aligned.  With use, these sticking points typically disappear.”   Even with the sticking points, the Scruble Cube is lots of fun, but one has to be careful in handling and turning the cube.

There are many ways to use the cube in play and in learning.  The instructions for play are very similar to Scrabble with utilizing number values for each letter, as well as, “2X Word Score” and “3X Letter Score” pegs.  When I read that there were lesson plans for the Scruble Cube, I was intrigued.  What really shocked me was when I read that there was a way to utilize the Scruble Cube to learn the Periodic Table of Elements.  What a great way to learn the elements and their corresponding symbols!

So, what did my family (including my husband who is playing with the Scruble Cube as I type) think of this product and its usefulness in our homeschool?



{For the record, I did arrange these words the proper way. :-)}

Pertinent Information:

  • Product name: Scruble Cube
  • Price: The Scruble Cube is available on the Scruble Cube website for $24.95.  If you are anxious to get one right away, Scruble Cube is now available at Barnes & Noble and Toys R Us.
  • Age Range: Fun for the whole family (obviously beginning spellers and up)
  • Read other reviews on this product on the Crew Blog Page.

FTC Disclosure: I was given a Scruble Cube for review purposes as a part of the TOS Crew. Although I was given this product free of charge, my opinions stated above are my own and not influenced by anyone.

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    • Naomi says

      Actually, we play it together. Passing it around the family. When I was writing the post, my husband and I were trying to see how high we could go with points, and we were working head-to-head with it. Certainly, it can be a solitary game, but it can also be a group game.