These letter tiles are an easy alternative. Just print out onto card stock and laminate. I've decided to make this an editable resource to allow users to change the font and size.
Start students off by giving them a word, or let them choose. Each student has 10-15 tiles and take turns in building words.
When students get below 5 tiles or can no longer make word variations, they can pick up more tiles (no more than 15 tiles per student).
Suitable for Grade 3 up.