Take 5: Fun Stuff for Wordle Fans
Every morning my kids and I wake up and do the Wordle and send our scores to each other in a group chat. My kids are 13 and 19, and it’s an activity that we have been enjoying sharing with one another for a while now. And if you are working with teens who love Wordle, here are some other fun things you can share with them. We’ve got everything from word games, to memes to, our favorite, books of course!
Bananagrams, and other word games
Bananagrams is a fun game for two or more players where you race to make words using all of your letters. I love this game! Sure, you could play Scrabble or Boggle, but Bananagrams has the element of speed which ups the fun a bit. Scrabble, Boggle and Bananagrams are all great games to have in your teen area for your Wordle fans.
Make Your Own Wordle
You can create your own custom Wordle here (https://mywordle.strivemath.com/) and share it with your library teens. Think of all the fun book based Wordles you can create! This would be a fun thing to create and share on your social media.
Create a Wordle Inspired Meme
Want to create your own Wordle inspired Meme like the one I used as a graphic for this post? There’s a link for that (https://imgflip.com/memegenerator/365815617/Wordle). Again, this is a fun thing you can do to engage teens with your social media. Or, if you have a button maker, make buttons!!
There are some fun compilations of Wordle memes that may be fun to share or spin off on, but you’ll want to be careful because not all the content may be appropriate. My favorite spin is the Not Wordle But meme: https://mashable.com/article/wordle-memes-twitter. It would be fun to create a variety of these based on books and have teens guess what books they were.
Twists on the Wordle Game
There are a ton of fun Wordle like games out there on a variety of different themes from music to geography to math. There are even variations where you have to find more than one word, like Quordle. Some of my favorites are:
Taylor Swift (Taylordle): https://www.taylordle.com/
Music (Heardle): https://www.heardle.app/
Shakespeare (Bardle): https://shakespearegeek.github.io/bardle/
Geography (Wordldle): https://worldle.teuteuf.fr/
Quordle is incredibly hard. I do okay at Taylordle and Heardle. I can not do any of the math based Wordle variants at all. But it’s fun to know they are out there and try your hand at them. Here’s an article on Wordle variants: https://nerdschalk.com/wordle-variants-27-different-types-of-wordle-games-you-can-play/.
And Of Course, Books! Specifically, Queen of the Tiles by Hanna Alkaf
Publisher’s Book Description:
They Wish They Were Us meets The Queen’s Gambit in the world of competitive Scrabble when a teen girl is forced to investigate the mysterious death of her best friend a year after the fact when her Instagram comes back to life with cryptic posts and messages.
noun: a substance that speeds up a reaction without itself changing
When Najwa Bakri walks into her first Scrabble competition since her best friend’s death, it’s with the intention to heal and move on with her life. Perhaps it wasn’t the best idea to choose the very same competition where said best friend, Trina Low, died. It might be even though Najwa’s trying to change, she’s not ready to give up Trina just yet.
But the same can’t be said for all the other competitors. With Trina, the Scrabble Queen herself, gone, the throne is empty, and her friends are eager to be the next reigning champion. All’s fair in love and Scrabble, but all bets are off when Trina’s formerly inactive Instagram starts posting again, with cryptic messages suggesting that maybe Trina’s death wasn’t as straightforward as everyone thought. And maybe someone at the competition had something to do with it.
As secrets are revealed and the true colors of her friends are shown, it’s up to Najwa to find out who’s behind these mysterious posts—not just to save Trina’s memory, but to save herself.
This book comes out April 19th from Simon & Schuster and it has so much built in fun that you can use to promote or do programming with it, so break out your Scrabble boards for book club.
Also, don’t forget, there are entire Pinterest boards full of Scrabble Tile art craft ideas! Here’s just one: https://www.pinterest.com/pkrbrat/scrabble-tile-art/
Even if your teens aren’t Wordle fans, word games and word play can be fun!
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About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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