Scrabble is a word game for ages 8 and up. This is a game for 2-4 players. It requires a specialized game board, 100 letter tiles, and tile racks. According to Scrabble rules, all tiles should be placed in a letter pouch or placed face down on the table beside the board. Ensure that letters are well mixed, and that players do not know which letter is in what spot.

To determine who goes first, each player draws a letter – the player with the letter closest to “A” goes first. The ‘blank’ tile automatically goes first. Ensure you thoroughly remix the tiles before drawing letters. Each player draws 7 letters and places them on his or her letter rack.  The person who can make words with these letters  is the winner.

According to scrabble rules, there are three main steps to a turn: 

1) Play a Word

2) Total the Score for that Word

3) Draw Tiles to Replace the Tiles Played

The first player must play his or her first word on the center square of the board, the spot that has a ‘star’ on it. All words must be two or more letters long. Words are played either vertically or horizontally. Diagonal word play is not permitted.

Whenever a word is played, other players may challenge the word if they do not believe it is a real word or it is spelled wrong. According to Scrabble rules, players should agree before the game begins on the dictionary they will use. All words in that dictionary that are labeled as parts of speech, including foreign origin, obsolete, and slang words, are permitted.