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How to Make Spelling Fun!

September 19, 2011

School is back in session now, and that means many kids are bringing home spelling words each week. I've compiled a list of activities that make spelling words fun, and I guarantee kids will learn at the same time! If you would like to download a PDF version of the tips below for your refrigerator or to pass along to parents, download here.


Spelling Words - Some Fun Ways to Study

  • Look at the word, say the word, try to memorize the letters in the word, write the word from memory, and check to see if you were right.
  • Make spelling fun! Use magnetic letters on a refrigerator or cake pan to spell words.
  • Spell words with glue and sprinkle glitter on them or use glitter pens
  • Cut out letters from a newspaper or magazine to spell words
  • Make spelling flash cards – write words on index cards and cut the letters apart to spell.
  • Call out spelling words in the car
  • Take a pre-test on Monday to see what words to work on. Review the known words too.
  • Mnemonic Devices – Come up with a saying to remember words – For example: tail – The apple is light.
  • Use scrapbook foam letters as a fun tool to study with
  • Write spelling words in bubble letters or another fun way
  • Use ABC Cookie Cutters and play-dough to cut out letters to spell words
  • Paint spelling words
  • Use shaving cream to write spelling words
  • Write words in sand
  • Use letter beads from a craft store to write your spelling words (You could even put them on a string, or a screw, which is a great motor skill.)
  • Put letters on Legos and put them together to spell your words
  • Got a Magna Doodle? Write your spelling words on it!
  • Decorate rocks or bottle caps with each letter of the alphabet and use them to spell
  • Write each letter of the alphabet on Popsicle sticks and you have a new study tool.
  • SpellingCity.com – tons of fun games to play using spelling words (An excellent resource for practicing at home or using for centers in the classroom)
Do you know of any other fun activities I could add to the list? Please share them in the comments section, and I will add them to the list!

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