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As a homeschooling mom, I try to come up with as many fun activities to help my children learn. Here is list of enjoyable activities that you can use with any list of spelling words.
1. Salt Dough
Use alphabet cookie cutters in salt dough.
2. Guess the Letters
Write words with missing letters and have your child figure out what letters are missing to complete the word.
3. Word Train
Create a “word train” by using the last letter of the first word to begin the second word and so on. i.e. ten / nap / pan
4. Pasta Words
Cook some spaghetti and have your child form letters and build words.
5. Swat The Word
Write letters on small pieces of paper, place them on the table or floor, and using a flyswatter, swat the letters to spell words.
6. Play Dough Words
Let your child shape play dough into letters to spell out words.
7. Pipe Cleaner Words
Bend and shape pipe cleaners to make letters and form words.
8. Make Words with Yarn
Cut small pieces of yarn and let your child form letters to make words
9. Puffy Paint
Make some puffy paint, have your child write some words in it, and place it in the microwave and watch them puff up.
10 Paint Words
Supply your child paint and a paintbrush to write words.
11. Finger Paint
A fun sensory experience—let your child finger paint words
12. Spell on the Computer
If your child loves being on the computer, let them use it to spell words.
13. Rainbow Letters
Let them use different colors for each letter of the words.
14. Spell Words in Salt or Flour
Place salt or flour on a tray and let your child use their fingertip or a paintbrush to spell out words.
15. Sidewalk Chalk
There’s no reason to do lessons indoors on a nice day. Take some sidewalk chalk and let your child practice spelling.
16. Shaving Cream
Another sensory activity—add a thin layer of saving cream on a tray and let your child us their fingers or a paintbrush to write words.
17. Alphabet Blocks
Use alphabet blocks to form words.
18. Letter Beads
Use letter beads and pipe cleaners to make words.
19. Letter Tiles
Use letter tiles to spell out words.
20. Magnet Letters
Let your child practice spelling with magnetic letters on a cookie sheet or on the fridge.
21. Glitter and Glue
My daughter loves playing with glitter, so of course I use it to help her with her spelling. Let your child spell out words in glue and then add some glitter.
22. Q-Tip Words
Use Q-tips to form letters and make words.
23. Craft Stick Words
Write letter of words on craft sticks, mix them up and have your child build words from the sticks.
24. Cereal for Spelling
Use round-shaped cereal like Cheerios to form letters and build words.
25. Coin Spelling
Use coins to form letters and make words. You can also implement a math lesson with this.
26. Window Writing
If you have window-safe markers, this can be a really fun learning activity.
27. Kickball Spelling
Kick a ball back and forth with your child while saying a letter in the words for each kick.
28. Catch a Ball
Toss a small ball back and forth with your child spelling a letter for each word.
29. Balloon Spelling
Have your child hit a balloon and try to keep it in the air. Each time they hit the balloon, they have to say a letter of a word you give them. If the balloon touches the ground, thy need to respll the word.
30. Hidden Words
Download a picture (i.e., house, playground, beach) and write words in the picture. Let your child find all the words in the picture.
31. Bubble Words
Write or download bubble words and have your child color them in.
32. Staircase Words
Have your child write the first word small, the next word a little bigger, the next word a little bigger, and so on. For a variation, you can write each letter in your word bigger.
33. Find Words Within Words
Write a word and let your child write at least two words from the letters in that word. For example:
Write words on your child’s back while your child tries to guess them. Be sure to write letters large and slow. After your child guesses all your words, switch turns.
35. Spell with Puzzles
Write letters on the backs of puzzle pieces and let your child create words out of the pieces.
36. Word Search
Make a word search. Add words in the squares and list them underneath the word search. Fill in leftover squares with the alphabet.
37. Spelling with a Partner
Take turns adding a letter to a word with your child. For example. spell PET by saying “P”, your child says “E” and you say “T”.
38. Flashlight Fun
In a dark room, use a flashlight to write words in the wall or ceiling. Have your child read the letters as you write them and then identify the word.
39. Yummy Words
Spread some pudding on paper and let your child spell words with their fingertips. Th best part is licking their fingertips after each word.
40. Letter Hunt
Fill a container with colored rice or sand. Place letter tiles or beads and mix them into the rice or sand.Have your child go on letter hunt by digging through the container to find the correct letters to spell words.
41. Word Scavenger Hunt
Go on a word scavenger hunt. Place words on index cards and place them around the room. Call out words and let your child find the correct word.
42. Spell Words on Bubble Wrap
Write a letter on each bubble and let your child pop them to spell words.
43. Body Spelling
Let your child make letters of each word with their body as you spell the word aloud.
44. Hopscotch Spelling
Make a hopscotch game with words. Have your child call out each letter as they jump to each box. Then say the word before moving on to the next word.
45. Magic Words
Have your child write spelling words on white paper with a white crayon. Then paint over the words with bright watercolors and watch the words appear!
46. Word Pictures
Draw or download drawings of images of spelling words. Write the words inside the image and let your child find them.