I've been playing Scrabble with my kids ever since they could sort Scrabble tiles and make simple three-letter words; my eldest son is now a worthy opponent.
I found it a great way to help children with every aspect of word formation, increasing their vocabulary, helping with spellings and generally spending some quality time with them.
When I was little I used to play Scrabble with my Grandma and Gramps - either as single players or as two-man teams. If you don't have equal grown ups to kids, ou can just jump between each child as the 'letter advisor' when they get a little older and want to start trying to work out more for themselves.
If you look at my Grandma and Gramps you'd see two people in their late 80s (my Grandma will be 87 this year). They're not old and doddery but they do look kind and gentle; they are your stereotypical mild-mannered grandparents.
I swear this gentle look is a finely honed Scrabble tactic though, because the moment they sit down at a Scrabble board they turn into ruthless wordsmiths who will make your high hundred and something score look pathetic; they'll think nothing of smashing you with amazing words on triple word scores.
Telling you about this Scrabble deal has brought back some great memories for me, I hope you make some fabulous ones of your own if you decide to play Scrabble with your own children.
Happy triple word scoring!