In the past I’ve written about Lewis Carroll’s Word Ladders as a fun vocabulary puzzle. I picked up a used copy of *A Book of Puzzlements* and found an example of what I’ll call a *Word Pyramid*.

Here’s a Word Pyramid that goes from A to BRANDS:

A

AN

AND

BAND

BRAND

BRANDS

AN

AND

BAND

BRAND

BRANDS

You add one letter at each level, and each level has to be a valid word.

What if you started with I? How far could you go?:

I

IS

HIS

THIS

IS

HIS

THIS

Then, feel free to change the rules a bit:

- What if you could delete one letter
*or*add a letter? - What if you could
*rearrange*the letters at each step? - What if you could
*only*add to the front? - and so onâ€¦

Here’s a great final example from the book:

I

IT

TIE

SITE

TINES

INSERT

STAINER

GRANITES

ASSERTING

SIGNATURES

IT

TIE

SITE

TINES

INSERT

STAINER

GRANITES

ASSERTING

SIGNATURES

Can you (or your students) figure out the rules to this Word Pyramid?

Sometimes the best form for these puzzles is just to let students play with them rather than giving strict rules. See what they can come up with!