Word A Round Game

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Word A Round Game

  • 100 Word-A-Round Cards with 300 Words
  • For two or more players
  • Ages 10 to Adult
  • Game Invented by Joe and Dave Herbert

Who knew that positioning a word in one continuous ring would make it so tricky to read? The challenge in WordARound is to quickly figure out where the word starts and to read it aloud before your opponents. The game seems so simple, but you’ll find yourself baffled as you race to spot and call out words!

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3 Responses to “Word A Round Game”
  1. Erica says:
    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Word A Round – Literacy Fun for Kids and Grown-Ups, June 11, 2013

    = Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Word A Round Game (Toy)

    Word A Round consists of a deck of round cards printed with 3 rings of words with evenly spaced letters. The directions for Word A Round are simple: Players race to see who can figure out the word spelled out in a ring. The first player to find 10 words wins the game. In order to see the word you must be able to figure out where it starts and ends (i.e. words are not scrambled).

    When I first received the game I was unsure if my 8 year old would be able to play (ThinkFun recommends it for ages 10 and up). However, not only did he enjoy the game, but he beat me handily on many words. Whenever he figured out a more advanced word, it gave his confidence a huge boost!

    We took Word A Round with us on vacation and the compact nature of the game made it good for travel. Game play takes about 10 minutes, so it’s easy to fit in when you are waiting in line, at a restaurant, etc.

    I played with my son on the airplane and even my husband couldn’t help but join in over my shoulder! Although we didn’t have to modify the rules for my 8 year old, I think that could easily be done. The outer, black ring is the hardest because the words are longer and spaces between letters larger than the blue and red rings. If needed, parents could play with only the blue or red rings. A few times, neither I nor my son could find the word on our own and when that happened we worked together to decipher the answer. Occasionally, when my son encountered an unfamiliar word, we discussed its meaning, adding to his vocabulary.

    Bottom Line: I recommend this game for families and kids who are good readers. It’s easy to learn, challenging enough to be fun and helps kids practice their literacy skills.

    Note: I was given a complimentary game by ThinkFun. All opinions are my own.

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  2. Linzer says:
    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Word Around or dnuoradrow :, May 5, 2013

    = Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Word A Round Game (Toy)

    Word Around – a word puzzle kicked up a notch. Players have to look at one of the bands of color (determined by the color of the card back that came previously in the stack) and find the word that is spelled around that band. The key is knowing which letter the word starts with, then it just flows. Sometimes the letters go clockwise and other times the answer can be found counterclockwise. No need to unscramble. Sounds easy, right? Not so fast! You’re competing with others to get the answer. This is an excellent game for children or adults who need practice with visual discrimination, tuning out excess stimulus, and maintaining focus.

    Some of the words are a bit tricky and may not be known by younger children (e.g. astonish, delicate, trauma, triumph) yet, others are readily identifiable: cinnamon, driven, before. With a few hints, you can help children to know what to look for to find the word. It provides a great opportunity to learn vocabulary without feeling hit over the head with it. Once you’ve solved a word it’s only natural that kids will want to know what it means. If you’re a teacher like me, you won’t be able to resist discussing antonyms and synonyms for the words.

    It’s also a great way for players who need the practice to build problem solving stamina and strategies. Many players will quickly begin to understand that one needs to choose a start letter or look for a common letter pattern, prefixes, suffixes etc. to try to form a word, and continuously move along using this strategy. Children who struggle with tasks like this tend to take in the detail or the whole picture, but are not able to chunk their thinking, or look for patterns.

    It may seem like the game has limited play value given that there are a finite number of solutions, but the beauty of its design is that you will only use 1/3 of each card’s possible answers in any given game. That, combined with the fact that there are over 300 words, and a game only takes about 10 minutes, means that you can play for quite some time before you’ve mastered all the words.

    The fun thing is that you’d also be able to easily replicate this game and work with your children to make your own cards on card stock. That would be a great way for kids to learn new vocabulary and try to come up with words that will trick others.

    The black band is the hardest, in my opinion, since the words are the longest. You could modify the game by having adults play by the rules and allowing the younger (or those who have learning differences) to be able to solve any band and win the card based on that. The blue and red bands have shorter words and are more easily detected. Also those who need modification could also be allowed to quickly jot the letters on paper before the card is played in order to be able to concentrate more fully and level the playing field.

    My children enjoyed playing this game and found it just long enough in duration that they didn’t get frustrated. Word Around is highly portable. It’s a perfect time filler for a restaurant, travel, or waiting at the doctor’s office. Think Fun kindly provided this game in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are mine and are not affected or influenced by the receipt of a review copy.

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  3. Mariam Kherbouch says:
    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Challenging but Fun, April 8, 2013

    = Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Word A Round Game (Toy)

    I played this game with my 10 year old, and at first it was too challenging for her to really enjoy. But, we tried it again, and the second time was the charm. She really started to get into it, and beat me more than a few times. I like that there are 300 different words to figure out – and even after a few games, there are still words we haven’t gotten yet. This is a fun, quick game that really makes you think.

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