Last weekend, I taught my daughter to play Scrabble. Although she needed help, particularly with her spelling (she attempted "gud" and "tel"), I was surprised and pleased with how quickly she caught on to the crossword aspect of the game and the fact that all adjacent letters must form words. For our first two games, we played without points, since I figured the strategy of placing words on high-scoring squares is a lesson for another day.
Below is a photo of our second game (I didn't think to take a picture of the first one!). She did "fox," "keep," "tell," and "ho*l*d" all by herself!
Way more interesting for Mom than Candyland!