Acrostics is one of the challenging word games for kids and cool kids learning games.

It can be played anywhere you have paper, pencils and places for kids to write on.

See how far you can advance in this.

Play on rainy days when the kids are stuck in the house, before homework begins or any time you want to get the kids away from the computer.

Start with 3 letter words and then try 4 letter words, 5 letter words, 6 letter words.

See if you can get up to 8 or 9 letter words!

Get Ready

2 or more players
Ages 9 and up
Need pencils and paper, timer, dictionary


Begin by choosing a word with 3 or more letters. Players can take turns naming words or they can choose one as a group.

If the word is "house", each player writes that word down the left side of their papers. They write the word in reverse down the right side of their papers ("esuoh").

h e
o s
u u
s o
e h

Leave space between the 2 words so the players can make new words.

Example, the first word will begin with "h" and end with "e".

Words should be at least 3, preferably 4, letters long. A player could write "hole" as his first word.

The next word will start with "o" and end with "s" and could be "oats".

Play continues with each player trying to form a word from his columns.

You cannot use the main word as one of your new words. You'll find this challenging yet fun.

If playing to choose a winner, the winner can be the first player to complete all his words.

Or, each letter completed can be one point, and the player with the most points wins.

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