The worksheet should be copied twice to provide a double alphabet pack of
50 cards (no Z) and enlarged if wished to provide a different size of
The pack can of course be varied to provide more "easy" letters.
Q is normally treated as "?" (free choice) and X as "ex" or "ecs".
There are many games and variations that can be played, but in the usual
version for groups players are dealt a number (3 to 6) cards, or for short
simple versions players could choose one or two letters themselves, or use
In any case, the players use one card/letter at a time to
develop a group or individual work by placing one word after another.
The cards decide the first letter of each word of the poem - the players are
free to choose any word beginning with the letter. A simple variation allows
the use of any word which contains the letter.
The order of play of the
cards decides the order of words in the poem - the players can decide on the
structure of the poem, the number of words to a line, etc., even whether it
The conventional order of play is clockwise, and under strict rules players should
only be able to call for full-stops or new lines after they have played their word.
For further information on this sort of game click on SIMPLE STARTS in the INDEX side bar.