Is there an animal for each letter of the alphabet? Possibly! See how many the kids can do with our animal alphabet challenge puzzle.
Alphabet Challenge Puzzles
These fun new puzzles are based on the word game "Categories". Children need to come up with an A-Z based on the theme, and it is often very tricky indeed! Fun for the classroom or home, and perfect to tuck into a handbag or backpack for travel and waiting rooms.
Here are some different ways to play:
As a puzzle just for one:
Challenge yourself to find a word for each letter.
As a classroom or group challenge:
Try to find a word for each letter. Award a small prize or reward for the person who finds the most.
As a game with scoring:
Set a time limit (say 5 minutes) and ask everyone to fill in as many words as they can. For each correct word, score 1 point. For each correct word which no-one else has, score 2 points. For each correct word when no-one else has any word for that particular letter, score 3 points.
As a team challenge:
Put contestants into teams of 3 or 4. If playing with family, mixed age teams are better. Fill in as many words as you can within a time limit (say 5 minutes). Go through the alphabet calling out each team's answer. Only score a point if no-one else has called out the same word.
Mark the turn of the season by trying this very challenging challenge! Try to find an autumnal word for each letter of the alphabet...if you can!
When there is a new baby on the way, this baby alphabet challenge might make for a fun diversion! Try to come up with a word beginning with each - and every - letter of the alphabet, all with a baby theme.
Try to think of a bird beginning with each letter of the alphabet, working your way through all 26 letters of the alphabet... if it is possible!
This birthday alphabet challenge could make a good after-tea game, played individually or in groups - see the different ways you can play the game here. Or you could tuck one into each going-away bag to keep the children busy when they get home!
Can you come up with a book themed word for each letter of the alphabet? Here's our book alphabet challenge page to print and distribute.
This fun puzzle challenges the kids to come uip with a boys name for each -and every - letter of the alphabet. Actually, it's not the most difficult of our alphabet challenges!
Here's a great printable puzzle for summer camps and scout camps and family camping trips! How many words can you come up, starting with each letter of the alphabet?
Our Christmas Alphabet Challenge is very versatile. It works equally well as a puzzle or a game, for an individual or a whole class. Scroll down for our printable score sheet.As a puzzle just for one:
Challenge yourself to find a Christmas word for each letter
Can the kids come up with a city for each letter of the alphabet? It's a great way to get the brain working - and maybe even encourage a little atlas work!
This was the word game that we used to play as children around the dinner table - and we got very good at it! How many countries can YOU come up with, and who is going to be the one to get stuck?
Alphabet challenges are fun at the best of times, but I think that coming up with an alphabet of words that describe dad could end up with lots of giggles! Why not get the whole family (except dad) together to complete the challenge, then present it to him on his birthday or Father's Day?
Here's an alphabet challenge which might stretch the kids a little - and an adult or two, too! Can you think of a word for each letter of the alphabet that you could use to describe Mom? Zany, perhaps?
This alphabet challenge puzzle is designed to get everyone thinking! What words beginning with letters X and Z can be associated with Mum?
Here's a real challenge! Can you think of a word beginning with each of the letters of the alphabet, all the way through from A to Z, with England as their theme?
Can you come up with a family word for each letter of the alphabet? You could use general family words or complete the puzzle based on your own family...
If you think of all the animals you might find on a farm, and the crops, and the equipment, and the people and buildings, can you come up with a word for each letter of the alphabet? That's what this puzzle asks the kids to do!
Can there possibly be a different flower beginning with every letter of the alphabet? I can think of quite a few but was stumped by X and Z... until a member emailed me to remind me of zinnias!
See if you can think of a different type of food for each letter of the alphabet - a real challenge to keep the kids busy!
Here's a fun puzzle or challenge for a group of friends to try - perfect for Brownies or Cubs, perhaps? Can the kids come up with one word for every word of the alphabet?
Is there a fruit or vegetable for every letter of the alphabet? Have a go at this alphabet challenge and see if you can come up with one...
There are so many girls names in the world, but even so this girls names alphabet challenge will keep the kids busy for a while. How many girls names do you know that begin with the letter X?
Here's a challenging idea for Halloween! Try to think of a Halloween word for each letter of the alphabet. W is easy at least!
Coming up with one word for each letter of the alphabet, all to do with the library, isn't going to be easy! Print out our library alphabet challenge and give it a go...
Can you come up with a word for each letter of the alphabet, all to do with London? Some of the letters might prove a bit of a challenge...
Here is a tricky challenge for children learning about Mothering Sunday - perhaps at Sunday School. Can they come up with a word for each letter of the alphabet, relating to Mothering Sunday and everything it represents?
Our alphabet challenge activity for the Olympics really is a challenge! Give one to each child in the classroom, or use this as a group activity in the class or at home. You could race against the clock or just keep coming back when you think of something new!
I can think of lots of words that are used in and around school - but I'm not sure I can think of a complete alphabet of words! Can you?
Here's a fun puzzle to try by the seaside - or perhaps on the journey to the beach. Try to think up a seaside-y word for each letter of the alphabet.
Take off into space with a whole alphabet of words - if you can think of one for every letter, that it! Hopefully this space alphabet challenge will really challenge the kids to get thinking.
Here's a fun puzzle for sports fans - although even the biggest fans might come unstuck on X, Y and Z! Try to think up a sporty word for each letter of the alphabet...
Is there a Spring-like word for each letter of the alphabet? You'll know when you've had a good go at this spring alphabet challenge puzzle!
Here's a fun puzzle with a summer theme that will require some big thinking caps to be put on! Can the kids come up with a word for each letter of the alphabet, each with a summer theme?
This Thanksgiving alphabet challenge is a great family or classroom activity! Try to come up with a Thanksgiving themed word for every letter of the alphabet.
Here's a fiendishly difficult challenge for the kids! Can they think of a transport-associated word for each letter of the alphabet?
Can you think up one word for each letter of the alphabet, all with a United Kingdom theme? Some of the letters are going to be tricky, but E, S and W should be easy...
Think carefully - this puzzle is a test for adults and children alike! Can you come up with a Valentine's Day themed word for every letter of the alphabet?
This tricky puzzle is a challenge for children and adults alike. Can you come up with a wedding themed word for every letter of the alphabet?