Make Words

Make Words is one of the challenging spelling games and fun word games for kids.

These ideas are nice because there's such a variety you can play.

And, anything that lets kids play with vocabulary and strengthen their language skills is always good.

These are fun and lend well to being played in school, too.

We often had homework in English class where we were given a word and had to come up with a certain number of words.

It wasn't really considered the mundane homework since this activity was so enjoyable!

Fun homework is less stressful on kids and actually makes them want to do it.

This was a favorite word play of ours. It helps kids stretch their imaginations.

Before You Start

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


The goal is to create as many words as you can from a longer word. For best results, choose a word with 6 to 8 letters.

Older kids can get brave and try 8 - 10 letters, but this becomes a bit more difficult.

Set a time limit of 3 or 4 minutes.

Example: the main word is "reading". Some possible smaller words include, "dear", "red", "ring" and "grade".

Another word that can be used is "calendar". Some other words that can be made from this word include "lend", "dare", "read", "lace", "clear", and "ear".

Any words we made over that set amount earned extra points.

And, if a dictionary is used kids will find words they have never heard of before.

Use only the letters that appear in the main word. One letter words, such as "I" do not count. Try to avoid proper names of places and people as well.

The winner is the player with the most words after time is up.

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