Roald Dahl: The BFG Spelling Games


For all Human Beans who love The BFG, the Whizzpopping Letters Game is the perfect way to encourage a love of letters and learn word creation. 

These three challenging but fun word games, developed with guidelines for Key Stage 1 & 2, help children develop spelling and word-building skills, whilst maintaining the fun and enjoyment of a card game.

Game 1: Build a BFG. To win this game you must be the first player to build a picture of The BFG with eight cards won from spelling words. Nine cards are laid out in a 3 x 3 grid on the table, letter side up and each player is then dealt five cards. The players must take turns to make a word using the letters in front of them plus one letter from the grid if they need to. Each letter card forms part of the BFG picture so the longer the word the more pieces you win for your picture!

Game 2: The BFG Crossword Game. The aim is to earn points by creating words in a crossword-style grid and the first player to 20 points wins the game! Each player starts with five letter cards and must try to make a word two or more letters long, with each letter being worth one point. The players must create new words that include at least one of the letters in the existing words and lay down their new letters off the letter already on the table to create a new word.

Game 3: Grab the Word Game. This great fun word game will see everyone grabbing for letters! Simply spread out all the letter cards face down. The first player spins the BFG spinner and can turn over any of the cards matching the picture on the spinner to reveal a letter. The play continues until a player spots a three-letter word (or more) with the letters turned over and shouts out the word before anyone else to win the cards! The player with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.


2 - 4 Players 

Age 6+ 

Learning Games