How to Make a Puzzle for Unscrambling Letters to Form Words

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Word scramble puzzles are effective for teaching people how to see and formulate words based on the letters that are provided. Although the letters presented in the puzzle are out of order, players strategize and rework the letters to invert them until the letters form obvious words. If you are preparing for a party, a school vocabulary activity or a travel trip, you can make your own word scramble puzzles to solve for entertainment or academic purposes.

  • Design a theme for the puzzle. If you are creating a word scramble puzzle in reference to a vocabulary lesson on new science words, for example, you would stick with a science theme. If you are making the word puzzle for pure entertainment, you might use Hollywood celebrities as your theme, or western movies.

  • Write down the word that you want to turn into the scramble puzzle. Put the word on paper so that you can visualize the letters. Scramble the letters beneath the original word. For instance, if the word is princess, invert the letters by starting with the letter S, followed by the letter C.

  • Make a slash through the letters in the original word when you use them in the scramble puzzle. This prevents you from using the same letter twice. Put each letter is in a different place than where it is in the original word.

  • Count the letters in the original word, and count the letters in the scrambled puzzle. The number of letters should be the same, which is how you know you got all of the letters necessary for the word.

  • Write clues in the sidebar of the puzzle. Clues are optional, but can help players solve the puzzle when they become stumped.

  • Maintain an answer key for the puzzles. Players can check their work against the correct answers to see how well they do.

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