When I taught third and first grade, I loved to practice spelling and sight words in fun ways! My favorite way to practice was spraying shaving cream on my students’ desks! It was a mess but you know what, they always aced that week’s list! Two cans of shaving cream later and my students were loving life! Here are some other fun ways to practice!
Scented Markers/Rainbow Writing– You would not believe the excitement and power scented markers have! Oh my goodness! I was shocked how much they loved them! These Glitter Markers made grading papers more fun! Imagine how much fun your child would have with these! The Tripod Markers are great for beginning writers! It helps kids with proper grip!
Phone a Relative– Take a picture of the spelling list and have a grandparent (via Facetime) give you a spelling test!
Flashlight Writing– In a dark room pretend to “write” their words with the flashlight while saying each letter.
Chalk– Practice words on the sidewalk or on black construction paper.
Snow Writing– Put food coloring in a squeeze bottle and spray onto the snow.
Exercise– Do jumping jacks to your spelling words.
Football/Soccer– Pass the ball back and forth while saying a letter each time.
Cheerleading– Cheer out your words.
Sky writing– Write your words with your finger up to the sky.
White Crayon-Write the words with a white crayon then color over them with marker. The words magically appear!
Scrabble Spelling-Use Scrabble tiles to practice your words.
Texting– Use fake or real phones to text the words. Text the spelling words to a grandparent.
Magnetic letters and baking sheet- Grab a baking sheet and some magnetic letters and have fun practicing your words!
Magna/Aqua Doodle Mats– Write them using the Magna Doodle. These are also great for traveling!
Shaving Cream– Write your words in shaving cream on the kitchen counter, baking tray, or any surface that can be easily cleaned.
Letter Stamps– These are a fun change of pace!
Tactile– Spread some salt or sugar on a baking sheet. Write your spelling words with your finger.
Opposite hand- Write the words with your opposite hand.
Paint– Get out the paint and paint your words.
Water Painting– Get a piece of construction paper, dip your paintbrush in water and paint your word. See how many times you can do it before it dries! You can also do this outside by using a real paintbrush and a bucket of water on the sidewalk.
Finger Crayon– These are fun to put on and practice your words.
Finger Tracing– Take turns writing your words on your Mom or Dad’s back and guess the word.
Computer– Type the words out on the computer.
Word Search– Have your child write their words on a note card and another person can hide them around a room. As they hand each card over, they will spell the words to you.
Candy Land– In order to move to where the card says, they have to spell their word correctly.
Connect Four/Checkers/Hangman– In order to move, you must spell the word correctly.
Letter Beads– String the spelling words. I like using pipe cleaners for this. These are a bit small, but the teacher in me loves that because it makes it great fine motor practice!
Wikki Stix– They are waxy sticks you can bend to make letters and then words. They are reusable! So much fun!