Play and learn having fun with words

Fun with words

Have you ever had fun with words? Have you played word puzzles in the newspaper? Whatever the activity is, we all enjoy playing, is it not? Children like to play most of the time. For children, playing and learning are the same thing. A whole lot of learning happens when children play. When children are engaged and are enjoying an activity, their chances of learning from it are high.

Not only children, adults too. When we enjoy doing something, we retain that experience longer. So, this weekend, we have an interesting word puzzle for you. Play and have fun with words.

Doublet – the word puzzle

Lewis Carroll first created this puzzle on the Christmas of 1877. He did this to keep two girls occupied, who had nothing to do. Later he published some of these puzzles in Vanity Fair magazine. These popular puzzles were published subsequently as a compilation, including the original letter from Lewis Carroll.

Have I made you sufficiently curious? Let us play.

Rules of the game

  • There is a ‘Start’ word and a ‘Target’ word – both containing the same number of letters
  • Starting with the ‘Start’ word, in each step, only one letter is changed to make a new word – no proper nouns allowed, the new word should have meaning and should be found in a dictionary
  • The steps are continued until the ‘Target’ word is formed
  • The new words formed in each step are called ‘links’ and the series of links is the ‘chain’
  • The challenge is to go from ‘Start’ word to ‘Target’ word with a minimum number of ‘links’

Example 1

CAT TO DOG

Example 1

Example 2

TEA to HOT

Example 2

Play more

Are you ready to play more now? Here are more puzzles for you to try. Go ahead, have fun with words.

EYE to LID

PIG to STY

FOUR to FIVE

FISH to BIRD

Share your answers with us in the comments section.

Until next time, continue to stay curious!

You can find all articles related to English on our blog here.

Featured Image credits: Wokandapix from Pixabay

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Dr. Soumya Sreehari

Dr. Soumya Sreehari

Co-Founder and Specialist at NumberNagar®
Dr. Soumya is an Educator and Researcher with a passion for reading, writing and teaching. She holds a PhD in Chemistry (Michigan Technological University, Houghton, USA). Her experience as a student and a teacher in two countries led her to pursue a career in Education. Her core work at NumberNagar® involves quality delivery of product and services at every stage of the customer life cycle. She leads the team that makes this happen. Previously she has taught Chemistry to first year undergraduate students at Michigan Technological University. She is a voracious reader and challenges herself to read 50 books every year.

4 Replies to “Play and learn having fun with words”

  1. 1) EYE to LID
    Eye
    Lye
    Lie
    Lid

    2) Pig to Sty
    Pig
    Fig
    Dig
    Die
    Dye
    Bye
    Lye
    Sly
    Sty

    3) Fish to Bird
    Fish
    Wish
    Wise
    Wire
    Sire
    Sure
    Cure
    Curd
    Card
    Hard
    Bard
    Bird

    4) Four to five
    Four
    Foul
    Foal
    Foam
    Form
    Firm
    Fire
    Five

    1. Thanks for playing, Rajeshwari. 🙂 Great job!
      1, 3, 4 are all correct. In Pig to Sty, between Lye and Sly you have changed all letters. Only one letter is allowed.
      Your solution to Eye to Lid is the shortest one I have seen so far, congrats!

  2. Tried the game. It gets you thinking. Let’s see if I got this right.
    Eye
    Dye
    Die
    Lid

    Pig
    Pit
    Sit
    Sty

    Four
    Fore
    Fire
    Five

    1. Thanks for playing, Asha. 🙂 I am so happy you tried your hand at it.
      You have got the hang of it. Slight correction, though. You are allowed to change only 1 letter in each step. Between Die and Lid, Sit and Sty, Four and Fore, you have changed two letters in the same step. Care to try again?

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