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Using Quiddler Junior to Build Language Skills

Put Your Spelling Skills to the Test!

Can you use the cards in your hand to form one or more words and earn the most points? If so, you can become a Quiddler Junior champion!

game pieces

Combining elements of classic games like Rummy and Scrabble, Quiddler Junior is a fast-paced card game that changes with every round as you advance from spelling with just two cards up to spelling with seven cards. It’s great for ages 6 and up and requires at least two players.

Are you ready for this speedy spelling challenge?

Let’s Play Quiddler Junior!

In this first round, everybody gets just two cards. Put the rest of the cards face down in a stack to form a draw pile. Now flip one card and lay it next to the draw pile to form a discard pile. Now check out your cards!

a player holds quiddler junior game cards

Hm. I’m afraid you can’t spell a word with those cards, but you have two options. You can either take the N card from the discard pile or you can choose the top card from the draw pile.

That N card isn’t going to help you spell a word, so you might as well grab from the draw pile!

a quiddler junior game card

Wow! Look at that … you got AN! Now look at the 3 cards in your hand. But remember…you started this round with two cards, so you have to make a word with just two of your cards.

child holds quiddler cards

Great! You can use F and AN to make the word fan! Now discard the extra card—in this case, the letter S. Since your two cards make a word, you get to go out! Lay your cards on the table in front of you. Now the other players each get one chance to draw a card and make a word.

quiddler junior game play

After everyone has played, it’s time to add up your scores! See the point values on each card? You receive 6 points for the word fan—4 points for F and 2 points for AN. Player 3 spelled ad and receives 4 points—3 points for D and 1 point for A. Poor Player 2 can’t spell a word with L and I, so she doesn’t get any points. But we’re not quite finished counting points yet! Fan is the longest word in this round, so you receive an extra 5-point bonus! You end the round with 11 points.

Are you ready for Round 2? This time, every player gets 3 cards. Good luck!

4 Ways to Build Language Skills with Quiddler Junior

  1. Strengthen spelling skills. This game encourages kids to be creative with their cards and find the words that will earn them the most points. There are several cards that have common letter combinations (like AN, OO, and QU) to help your child build longer and more complex words. This helps reinforce which letters frequently work together to form words.
  2. Discover new words. To help kids learn new words and get ideas for words they can play in the game, every card shows a word containing the featured letter or letter combination along with an image that illustrates the word.
  3. Explore the alphabet and how it works. Every letter card is given a point value, and these point values reflect how easy it is to use certain letters to build words. For example, frequently used letters (like vowels) have lower point values. Letters that are more difficult to use like Q, X, and Z are worth more points.
  4. Expand working vocabulary. Kids have a vocabulary of words they use every day, and they may tend to fall back on using those words again and again. This game helps build creativity with word choices, broadening your child’s working vocabulary.
download the Quiddler Junior game sheet

Notes from Our Game Testers

Some rules can be adjusted for younger players.

  • The strategy of drawing and discarding cards may be confusing for some children, so you might consider just playing with the cards in your hands or elect to use just one draw pile.
  • Eliminate the 5-point bonus for longest word to level the competition when playing with younger spellers.
  • The game comes with 96 scoring chips for easy scorekeeping. Instead of having one scorekeeper for the game, add some basic math to your educational game-playing and let every player calculate his own point totals!
  • For older kids and adults (age 8 and up) try Quiddler!

Does your family have a favorite board game that is a fun and “sneaky” way to build language skills? Please share in the comments below!

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Misty

says:

This activity sounds like fun!

Amanda

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I’m excited to learn about this game. My son hates, hates, hates writing, and I hope this will be a fun way for him to get some spelling practice.

Crystal King

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My older kids love Quiddler. We will have to check out the Jr version!

Judith Martinez

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This looks like something my youngest two would enjoy playing!

avigail

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looks like a fun game, I would like to try this with my kids

Minda Cromer

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I’ve never heard of this game. Thank you for the recommendation! We love playing Apples to Apples Jr to build vocabulary skills.

Jess

says:

That looks like a fun game!

Tracy

says:

This looks interesting

Jannell

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Fun idea!!

Amy

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Sounds so fun!!!

Heather O

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This looks fun.

Lynn

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Games are my absolute favorite way to help my kids learn!

Jennifer

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That looks fun!

Eileen Johnson

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I have worked with Visualizing and Verbalizing and Wilson. I am really wanted to use All about Spelling for my new class.

Jessica

says:

You always provide such great resources and ideas! Thanks!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Awww, you’re welcome, Jessica! 😊

Debbie Googeg

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Wow! I never heard of this. It looks like it would be much less intimidating than Scrabble.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Debbie,
Scrabble can be difficult for children. I think it’s all the scoring and the fact that another player can take the place you might be planning on using. Quiddler Junior is more approachable. Take a look at Bananagrams as well. It has tiles like Scrabble, but players play off their only tiles only so it goes better for younger players.

Lex

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What an awesome tool. So portable too! Get some fun and learning in on the go!

Grace K Vasquez

says:

Such a great tool

Carmeli Tjahjono

says:

Such a fun idea, will try this!

Jenn A

says:

This is exactly what I’ve been looking for to help my child. Thank you!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Jenn! I hope your child has a lot of fun with this.

Kelsy

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Love this!!!

Kelsy

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Love this!!

Heather Reckner

says:

Such a fun idea!!

Julie

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Really nice, love gameschooling with my kids!

Amanda

says:

Such a fun idea for kindergarten!

Farrah

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My daughter would love this!

Amanda B

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That looks like so much fun!

Frances

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I am so glad I saw this blog post. I will need to get this game for my little ones! Thanks for providing such helpful content!

Jamie

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This looks so fun, I have never seen a game like this. We have quite a few games that are great for teaching numbers and math, but none that would be appropriate for a younger age to learn some language skills.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jamie,
Take a look at our whole series Games to Build Language Skills. And check back each month or so as we continue to review great games for encouraging language skills.

Anne McDonald

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I’ve never seen anything like this- what a great idea!

Rebekah

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We have used the level one and my kids love it. I am interested in the upper levels!

Angie

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The pictures on the cards seem to make it harder to spell. I see the “N” card and think of the whole “Nest”. That’s just me!

Kristina

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This looks so fun! Adding it to my wishlist now :)

Hannah

says:

This looks so cool! What a great way to build my kids’ confidence.

Glynis

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We love gameschooling! This looks like a great addition to our collection.

Erin

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I love using games as a sneaky way to learn 😉 thanks for this one!

Annette O'Donnell

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Kids love card games. What a great idea!

Emily M Jones

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I’m new to this but so excited

Crystal

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I can’t wait to add All About Spelling to my Curriculum. AAR had made such a difference for my dyslexic son. He is almost finished with Pre-Reading, and soon to start AAR-Level 1. Once we’re done with Level 1, we’ll add All About Spelling, and I’m so excited about the variety of enrichment activities like this one, which are here on the blog! This is truly life-changing curriculum!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I am so pleased to hear how well All About Reading is working for your son, Crystal! ❤️

Camila

says:

What a great great idea! Seems fun!

Stacy

says:

This game looks really fun!

Donald Errol Knight

says:

Fun!! Where do we get the cards?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Donald,
The game Quiddler Junior is available pretty much anywhere games are sold. I’ve seen on Amazon, at Target and Walmart, and other places like Rainbow Resource.

Carol

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What a great idea with cards as kids like to play cards. Thank you, thank you!

SASchellhas

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I am excited to add this into spelling time. My children enjoy games and change. Thank you.

funke

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This is great. This will enhance the spelling skill of the children as they would be playing and learning. Thanks.

Iris

says:

This looks like fun for my 6 year old who is so keen to learn!

Shana

says:

looks like fun

Thank you so much for the fun idea and resource! I just ordered Quiddler Junior and printed your game sheet for my kids.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I hope you have a lot of fun with it, Kristy. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it after you’ve played it a few time.

Nana

says:

Is THIS game FREE?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Nana,
Quiddler and Quiddler Junior are commercially sold games available at Amazon, Walmart, Rainbow Resource, and most all places you can purchase games. So, no, it is not a free game. While we often provide free games and activities, and you can check them on our Free Resources page, this blog post is a review of a game that can be purchased and used to build language skills.

Magela

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What a great game. My second grader would love it. Thank you.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Magela. I hope your second grader has lots of fun playing it!

Kim

says:

It’s always so helpful to have a fun, colorful game to play in order to reinforce the skills our kids are having a hard time retaining. So much more fun than drill! Thanks, Kim

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Kim,
Yes! Play makes review much more palatable and well received. 😊

Natalie B :)

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Looking forward to helping my daughter succeed!

Laurie

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Our family enjoys playing Quiddler, how fun that there’s now a version for younger kids.
Other spelling games we play include one similar to Banagrams, but it uses Scrabble tiles, scrabble jr, What’s Gnu, Body boggle (cross between twister and boggle. We make up our own word cards. Kinesthetic learners love spelling this way)

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Great ideas for spelling games, Laurie! Thanks for mentioning them. I haven’t heard of What’s Gnu, so I’m off to check it out. 😊

Natasha

says:

nice

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