April 13 is National Scrabble Day! In this famous game you pick 7 square letter tiles, which you line up on the board to make words that cross other words already there. Each letter scores some number of points; the hard-to-use ones like Q, X and Z score the most points. And if you use all 7 letters at once, called “racking,” you get an extra 50 points! If you’re good at words and math, you could rock at Scrabble.

*Wee ones:* How many letters does SCRABBLE have? (You can have a grown-up spell it for you while you count!)

*Little kids:* If you play the word DOG, the D and G each score 2 points, and the O scores 1. How many points do you score for DOG? Bonus: What if the D lands on a double letter space, so you double the D’s points…now how many points do you score?

*Big kids: *If you play the word WINNERS, the W is worth 4 points; the rest are 1-point letters. But if you get to triple the W and get 50 points for racking, how many points do you get? *Bonus:* What number can you spell with the letters VEYSTEN, and how many points is it? And what other words can you make? All letters score 1 point except the 4-point V and Y.

Answers:

*Wee ones:* 8 letters.

*Little kids:* 5 points. *Bonus:* 7 points, because you just added 2 again.

*Big kids:* 68 points: 12 for the W, 6 for the rest, and then 50. *Bonus:* SEVENTY, and it’s worth 4 plus 4 for the V and Y, plus another 5 for the other letters, plus 50 for racking. Other words, include NEST, NETS, VEST, VETS, SEEN, EYE, YES…and others!