Practicing spelling words each night can be boring. What eight-year-old gets excited about writing each word three times or listing them in alphabetical order? Here are a few creative alternative activities to spice up spelling to help your child study and learn spelling words.
Create a word search
Print out a sheet of grid paper and place the words strategically inside, then fill the empty boxes with random letters. Have your child find the words. Alternatively, have your child create the word search for you, or do both so you can swap and solve. Discovery Education’s Puzzlemaker offers an electronic option to create the word searches.
Many children learn by touching, so learning by creating letters with fingers is a fun way to practice spelling words. Spread shaving cream, pudding, or ketchup on a cookie sheet or other flat surface, then have your child write the words with his fingers.
Take a shower
You know how we do our best thinking in the shower? So will your child! Spread shaving cream on the wall, or just use the steam as it builds up on the walls as a surface for practicing.
Write a story
Rather than writing sentences that stand alone, use the words to create a story. This will get the child thinking more about the words and their meaning, while still practicing how to spell them.
Search through catalogs and magazines for the letters in the words. Cut them out and glue them onto a paper that to create the word list.
Who’s to say kids have to practice spelling inside? Have your child write words in chalk on the driveway, with a hose sprayer, in mud or sand. Or use clay or playdoh to create the words.
Be a cheerleader!
Finally! It’s okay to yell and jump! Have your child shout the letters of his words as loud as he can while jumping up and down or doing gymnastics.
Ask your child to write his words with dominant hand. Then have him write the list again with the opposite hand he usually writes with.
Secret Agent Words
Create a secret code using letters, numbers or symbols to represent the alphabet and write your words using those symbols.
Vocabulary Spelling City allows kids to enter spelling words into it’s system and access more than 10 games like Match It, Hang Mouse and Unscramble for free, all using his spelling words. A premium membership offers 11 more activities for just $24.99 for a one-year family membership.
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