Word Circle Puzzles

Training Wheels Games

Source:  Chip Schlegel, Chris Cavert with FunDoing.com

Props Needed: Cards with Word Circle puzzles

Directions:  The basic idea of Word Circle Puzzles is to take a combination of ‘single’ words and link them together with another word so that they form common (and in some cases, not-so common) phrases, words and other arrangements. For example, a common phrase from two words might be ‘Board Game’ or ‘Finger Food’. Common words from two single words might be ‘infuse’ or ‘weekend’.

Examples of card-to-card arrangements include: • Compound words (e.g., Catwalk)
• Commonly known expressions (e.g., Peace out)
• Words that commonly occur in sequence (e.g., Set Match – from tennis)
• Proper nouns (e.g., Kingpin)
• Word combinations missing the punctuation

The Challenge: The challenge of Word Circle Puzzles is to connect a group of these single words so that in the end there is a continuous circle of words where every two words (reading the circle clockwise – to the right) combined together form either one single word, a two-word phrase or other arrangement noted above.

For example, given the four following Word Cards:

Day, Team, Dream, Game

The physical arrangement of the cards would be:

Day, Dream, Team, Game

Because this arrangement creates the following combinations:

‘Daydream’, ‘Dream Team’, ‘Team Game’ and ‘Game Day’

Another way to look at this is to imagine four players standing together in a circle, each holding one of the Word Cards. The ‘Day’ player stands next to the ‘Dream’ player, who is standing next to the ‘Team’ player. The ‘Team’ player is standing next to the ‘Game’ player who is standing next to the ‘Day’ player. Thus, creating a physical representation of the Word Circle Puzzle solution (see photo).

Visit this blog post on FunDoing.com for six free Word Circle Puzzles!

To create your own Word Circle Puzzles to use in a Virtual Space, there are a few platforms that have unique functions that allow you to create ‘cards’ that can be moved around.  We found two that work fairly well.  Flippity.net and Mural.co

For Flippity.net, locate the Flippity Manipulatives document.  There is an option to Demo how it works, step-by-step Instructions, and a Template to build your own Word Circle Puzzles as well.  We also have one set of Word Circle Puzzles already designed in Flippity so you can test it out.

To make this work in your virtual session, send participants into breakout rooms to solve the puzzles.  Have them cut and paste the custom Word Circle Flippity link from the Chat box before leaving the main session.  One participant need to be the ‘card mover’ and share their screen with the others in their breakout room.  Participants direct the ‘card mover’ to assist in solving the Word Circle Puzzle.  Pop into the breakout room to check on their progress and to check their work.  You can also have them screen shot or take a picture of their solutions and text or email them to you.