In third grade my teacher, Mr. McArthur, would challenge us every holiday with a word contest. He would give us the name of the holiday and we would have to see how many little words we could find within the big word. I LIVED for these word contests and would spend any remaining time after I finished homework in the evening searching for words, dictionary beside me, until I was quite certain I would be the winner. I think I won all, if not nearly all, of those word challenges that year.
I did the same thing when I was a teacher except I had Limber Letters for my students to use. It was great to see them mixing things around, finding words they might have not otherwise found. It makes a HUGE difference to visually see letter combinations. The double "ee" or "ll" for example.. putting those together and looking at the other letters makes it easier to see possibilities.
Have a friend, class, family or neighborhood challenge. Give it as an assignment during school breaks -- it will keep your school aged children busy for quite some time (at least it did me).
Happy letters to all of you! The letters are going fast. I only have about 8 more bags ready for this round of selling and then I will be taking a break...