How to play Pool Scrabble

Summer Un schooling days requires you to look at learning in a whole new light.  Pool scrabble is a fun way to get the kids out side, get some good competition and have a lot of fun learning.  We came up with this idea after visiting a campsite that had a huge scrabble board on the lawn and Munchy wondered if we could do it in the pool.

There are several ways to play this game but they are all fun and use the same items:

Here is what you need to play Pool scrabble:

All you need is $2 and 10 minutes
buy 2 packets of sponges at the $ store with 9 sponges in each pack
Cut each sponge into 6th
You need total of 99 tiles – 2 blank
Here are the letters you need – points for each letter

  • 2 blank tiles (scoring 0 points)
  • 1 pointE ×12, A ×9, I ×9, O ×8, N ×6, R ×6, T ×6, L ×4, S ×4, U ×4
  • 2 pointsD ×4, G ×3
  • 3 pointsB ×2, C ×2, M ×2, P ×2
  • 4 pointsF ×2, H ×2, V ×2, W ×2, Y ×2
  • 5 pointsK ×1
  • 8 pointsJ ×1, X ×1
  • 10 pointsQ ×1, Z ×1

.We ended up have double of all the letters because the kids loved playing this game so much.  If you don’t have a pool play yard scrabble, or driveway scrabble.  The ideas are endless.


This is a great way for you kids to practice there letters, and for fun write the points on the back.  We used the numbers later for math scrabble.  For example: Letter “E” on one side and a “1” on the other. Then make a couple XXX or +++ or === and maybe divide, heck if you want to get crazy make ( ) signs start teaching algebra.

I threw all the squares in the pool, the girls got so excited they jumped in and got all the squares out. After they calmed down we used the volcano words to play scrabble. Over and over I threw in the squares, the girls jumped in the pool, got them all and then eventually did spelling game and game.


  1. give a child a word – make them jump in pool and find the letters, race if you have more than one kid
  2. Time them see how fast they can make words
  3. give them a list of words and see how many they can make
  4. give them a math problem and see if they can make it with scrabble

Here some a few other scrabble games you kids may love:



About Chrissie

Follow our crazy journey across America as we visit roadside oddities, historical land marks and beautiful landscapes. I have ton of ideas and review educational products that will help you get the most on your home school adventure. We are an Unschool family that believes the world is our classroom and is teaching our children to self direct their education to a better future.