Spelling activities doesn't have to be boring. I have always been a firm believer that children learn best from play and exploring. And it's our job as parents and teachers to be creative and help children learn naturally, while they are playing.
I have collected some of the best, most unique and most helpful (at least to my little preschooler) Spelling Activities for you to choose from. I have used most of them and they are really fun.
- All of them involve some kind of play or a toy, so the spelling comes in naturally.
- Most of the activities involve objects that kids can actually feel.
- All the activities help to practice motor skills.
1. Lego Mega Blocks Spelling Activity.
Who doesn't like playing with blocks? It's so easy to motivate and encourage to learn and build new words when they are playing at the same time. You can either print out the alphabet, cut the letters and tape them on the blocks or, simply write the letters on the blocks and wipe it off if/when you don't need them anymore.
This one is very cool and simple to make. Your tool box or a quick trip to a hardware store will get the things you need for this super fun activity.
Spin, match and create new words.
3. Make your own Spelling Puzzle.
All you need is puzzle and a marker. The puzzle pieces will give some hints in forming words.
4. Play with Spelling Stones.
This activity is great for kids because it's so easy to fix the spelling mistake they make. No erasing needed there.
Just replace the stone. There are a lot of different possibilities with this activity to challenge a better spelling.
5. Spelling with M&M's. It's definitely one yummy activity.
Print the dotted printable and let the children cover them with candy to recognize words. Make sure to keep the count on the candy since they may disappear pretty soon.
This activity has many variations as well.
I like that the kids can see the word written down on the card as well as the picture next to it to help them figure out the word easier. Perfect for beginner spellers.
Spelling activities perfect for a class or a group of children
This one is very fun and mysterious activity. It will require some writing skills already.
Let the child write a word and then draw a coded picture under every letter which will create a code that other kids will have to break.
Perfect for a classroom spelling activity or if you have few children at home.
Hopscotch is not only for numbers. As you see - it can be a fun spelling activity as well.
It's a great physical activity as kids will be jumping the words out.
You can create your own rules and different activities with this spelling hopscotch game.
Maybe even add some music for extra entertainment...
Spelling activities and mistakes
Don't forget, spelling and building words is just a first step to reading. It's very important that kids feel the joy and don't be afraid to make mistakes.
Here is a fun song about Spelling Mistakes. Take an opportunity to talk to your children about them and tell them that it's OK to make spelling mistakes.
This video is for little older kids who are able to spell longer, more difficult words. I will admit, this video was very useful for me (my excuse - English is my 3rd language).
Learning should be fun. Not stressful. Let's make it FUN.