How to Create Words From Jumbled Letters

Games like Scrabble are based on creating words from groups of letters.
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Learning how to create words from jumbled letters is a helpful skill, especially if you enjoy playing word games. Games such as Scrabble are all about making words from groups of letters. This type of game or practice is a form of problem solving and is useful in other areas as well, including vocabulary and spelling skills. Most words in the English language contain both vowels and consonants, so once you know language basics, you can apply that knowledge to finding words among jumbled letters.

Note all the jumbled letters in the program, game or word problem you are working on. Write those letters down on the top of a sheet of paper.

Look for letters that often work together at the beginning of words -- combinations such as "th," "sh," "ch," "br," "st" and "str." Write down any one of the combinations you find, and then look at the remaining letters left in the jumbled group to see if they, in any combination, will make a word based on the first two or three letters you've already grouped together. Continue poring over letter combinations like this until you have made some words. You may not need to use all the letters to make words (unless the project or game you are dealing with says to use every letter for one word).

Determine whether there is an "i" in the group of letters. If there is also an "n" and a "g", write down "ing" on the page and see if the remaining letters will work in the front to create a word such as "string," "running," "wing," "basking" or "baking."

Note all the vowels in the word and try to figure out where they may appear in the word, based on how many vowels there are. If there is just one vowel and more than five or six letters, the vowel most likely belongs somewhere in the middle of the word. If there are more vowels than consonants, try putting a couple vowels together or putting one at the beginning of the word, one or two near the middle and one at the end, especially if there is an "e."

Think about letter combinations that often appear at the end of words -- "est," "iest," "ier," "nge," "er" -- and look for those groupings in the jumbled letter group. Write those down as you did in Step 1, but put them at the back end of where your finished word will be. Examine the other letters to see which ones form words with your word-ending letter grouping.

Play as many word games as possible, such as Scrabble, the jumbled-word game in some newspapers, or mobile- and internet-based word games. Rearrange letters whenever possible if the game allows (or in Scrabble, simply rearrange your tiles to get a new perspective on the available letters).

Things You'll Need

  • Word game tiles or a computerized jumbled word game
  • Pencil and paper


  • If you are not very good at spelling, check a dictionary once you unscramble letters into words. This way you can teach yourself proper spellings.