5 Ways to Use Letter Tiles in the Classroom


Written by Holly (Teach Starter)

Using letter tiles in the classroom has a surprising number of benefits for your students. Plus they will love playing these engaging and exciting activities.

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Word Tile Adding

To play this Word Tile Adding Activity, students work in small groups. Ask the students to choose ten words from their spelling list, a dictionary or a word wall and record them on the worksheet. Encourage the students to spell out each word using the word tiles and to calculate the score for each word.

Challenge the students to calculate their overall word tile total and to check their answer with a calculator.

letter tile word adding game


Making Words

In pairs, students are provided with seven tiles each. The aim of this activity is for them to create as many words as possible in a certain time frame.

Challenge your students to see who can get the highest scoring word!

You could use the mini letter tiles from the Word Tile Adding Activity, or you can download our [FREE] printable Giant Letter Tiles and print the download 16 pages per sheet.

Classroom Word Grid

Have you ever played the game Boggle? You can play a similar word game by creating a classroom word grid. It’s lots of fun and definitely gets the mind going!

This is a great fast finisher activity or warm-up activity for your students.

  • Use the [FREE] Giant Letter Tiles with Numbers to set up a grid for students to try and find words.
  • The students find words by ‘chaining’ letters together.
  • Challenge your students by setting a timer and getting your students to find as many words as they can in the word grid.

To create this word grid classroom display I customised the Crayons Display Banner, adding the “What words can you find?” text in the Teach Starter Studio.

Parts of Speech Activity

In pairs, students are provided with two sets of tiles. The teacher calls out “adjective”, “noun” or “verb” and each pair needs to create a word that falls into that category. Who can do it the quickest?

To challenge your students, get them to write down the words have created and then put their words into sentences.

Classroom Crosswords

In small groups, play a simple game creating a crossword! The object of the game is to get the most points by adding new words that can be connected to the words already created by fellow classmates.

Encourage your students to have a dictionary handy to help them out with words or to simply confirm words played.

  • To begin the game, encourage each student to pick a letter tile from the pile. The player with the letter that is closest to A gets to go first.
  • Each player then picks 7 letter tiles.
  • The person who goes first places a word down using the letter tiles.
  • The next person then has to create a word using at least one of the letters from the first player.
  • Each time a player plays letters they need to pick up the same amount of tiles as the put down from the letter tile pile.

The game is over when all the tiles are gone or if players cannot play any more words. Each player is responsible for recording their word totals on a piece of paper to work out the winner of the game.


Letter Tile Printables

To get started playing these fun letter tile games in your classroom check out our letter tile printables!

  • The Word Adding Activity download includes the mini-word tiles we have used in the photos above. Simply photocopy them onto coloured paper!
  • You can also download our [FREE] Giant Letter Tiles with Numbers. This download includes one tile per page, which you can use for large classroom displays, or print 16 pages per sheet to create your own mini letter tiles with numbers.

Do you use letter tiles in your classroom?

We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments of this blog.

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Thank you! Great ideas!

Jo · Jul 21st, 2019

Thanks for your kind feedback, Jo.

Holly (Teach Starter) · Jul 22nd, 2019

Thank you! These are great! A great way to use letter tiles with the upper classes!

Lisa Hume · Mar 3rd, 2019

Hi Lisa,
Thank you for your lovely comment. I am so glad you are enjoying our resources.

Kristian · Mar 4th, 2019

Thank you! These are awesome ideas! Will be a great addition to my Daily 5 Work with Words station!

Alisha Mitchell · Apr 20th, 2018

You’re most welcome Alisha! So glad that you have found this blog to be useful.

Holly (Teach Starter) · Apr 21st, 2018

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