Spelling is just one of those things that you need to learn in life, but it doesn’t have to be boring. Weekly lists and worksheets can get tedious after awhile, so why not add in some movement and activity to make it a bit more fun. Here are 18 of our favorite hands-on spelling activities that we use to liven up our spelling lessons and lists.
1. Jump On It Spelling – This is one of our favorites and we have been doing it ever since the big kid in these pictures started spelling and reading. He is now 10 and still enjoys this activity. Write each letter of the alphabet on a 4×6 blank index card. Spread all 26 of the cards out on the floor. Call out one of your child’s spelling words and have them jump, or hop, or skip to each of the letters as they spell the word. If having all of the cards out is too overwhelming for a younger child, just spread out 10 or so and call out words that they can spell with the 10 letters. Slowly add in letters as they become more confident. This is a great activity to do with various ages; I included my preschooler by having her jump to the letters I called out to help her with letter recognition and I included my Kindergartener by saying a letter sound and she would have to jump to that letter.
2. Lace & Spell – For this activity we use our Lace-a-Word Beads from Lakeshore Learning, but you can use any letter beads and string. This also helps develop fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination. You can also use these beads with younger kids to string up the alphabet in order. My kids enjoy making necklaces with all of their spelling words on one string.
3. Window Spelling – Have your kids write their spelling words on a window. My kids get a kick out of this one – not sure what it is about writing on the window, but they love it and get super excited to do it. We use Crayola Window Crayons for this activity.
16. Clothesline Spelling – Draw a little shirt pattern and use it to make little shirts out of colored cardstock. Write a letter on each shirt (make a couple for each letter). Hang a piece of string or yarn between two chairs and have your child spell their words on the clothesline. Or to make it easier on you, just write the letters on index cards.