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Giant Scrabble

I just saw the picture of your giant scrabble game. I am very impressed. I would like to setup something like this at my library. Can you send me any details about how you did it? Thanks, Pauline Lynch Shostack Electronic Resources Librarian Coulter Library SUNY Onondaga Syracuse, NY


Wed, 2012-04-04 09:07

Hi Pauline,
Thanks for your interest in our Giant Scrabble game. I will forward your email address to our Teen Librarian, Brad. He orchestrated the whole program.
Nichole Welz
Children's, Tween and Teen
Program Specialist

Brad B.
Wed, 2012-04-04 16:54

We made our giant scrabble board out of 8 pieces of construction paper which we laminated and then taped together (only so much could fit through our laminator at one time). The double word scores, etc., were made with colored paper, and the grid lines were made with thin black duct tape. We printed the letters on paper with a fake wood grain background (made in MS Publisher) and just glued them to cardboard (we cut up some old boxes into squares) to give them the look of wooden tiles.

Our board itself is a little over 10 x 10 feet (closer to 11 x 11), and our letters are roughly 8x7 inches. We looked at the proportions of a regular scrabble board, and then fudged it a little to fit our needs. If you want to make this it’ll all depend on what size paper you have, what size grid lines you will be using (this is more of a factor than you think!), and what will fit through your laminator.

The most difficult part is drawing out the straight lines, and making stands. Our stands are also made out of cardboard (covered with black duct tape). They are basically a triangle wedge with a lip at the bottom (another, smaller triangle). We used some cardboard bracing underneath and a lot of tape to hold it all together.

For the game itself, we usually set it up in the middle of library. There are 4 “teams”, and people can come and go and join a team for as long as they want. They could stay for just one word, or they could stay for the entire game. It’s very free flowing. We keep the letters in a cardboard box for people to draw out of, and we keep score on a dry erase board.

Thanks for your question!

Wed, 2012-06-20 10:57

where is it

Totally Awesome
Sat, 2012-06-23 07:34

I want to do the giant scrable but dont know were it is.

Brad B.
Sat, 2012-06-23 09:50

Our next Giant Scrabble program will be Wednesday, Jul 18 6:30pm-8:30pm. It'll be set up inside the main library right between the Help Desk and the DVDS. When you walk in it won't be hard to miss! You can
stop by and play anytime between 6:30 and 8:30 for as long or as short of a time as you want.