Making Spelling A Lot More Fun

There is nothing more boring than copying words over and over and over again. With spelling, however, repetition is key.  Whether it is verbal or written, the more practice a child has spelling words, the more successful he or she will be.
This year we are changing up our spelling routine. Instead of using the Spelling Workout books, I have composed my own list of commonly written words on a first/second grade level.  I also tossed in some extra vocabulary words for sticker bonuses.
Each week, we will practice our words following the same schedule.  Each day, the words are practiced in a new way. Here is a look at week and some examples of what we are doing.
Our spelling week:
Monday: Pretest, Copy List
Tuesday: Stamp It
Wednesday:  Write It
Thursday:  Make It
Friday: Test, Rewrite Misspellings
Ideas for Stamp It:
  • Stamp out the words using rubber alphabet stamps and ink
  • Stamp words into clay
  • Use alphabet punches (OK, so technically it would be a “punch it”) to punch out the words on strips of paper
  • Glue foam letters on box bottom in “mirror image” to form spelling words, them use as stamps and stamp out the list
Ideas for Write It:
  • Smear shaving cream on table and write words in it
  • Put paint in a zipped baggie, write by pressing on the baggie
  • Use crayola window markers and write them on patio door
  • Rainbow words.  Copy them once, then trace over three times with different colored pencils.
  • Write them with a white crayon and watercolor over the top to “reveal” the list
  • Write the words using finger paint
  • Write the words using a Q-tip (or fine tipped brush) and Elmers glue then pour glitter over top
Ideas for Make It:
  • Roll out playdough “snakes” and form letters for words
  • Spell them out with ABC pasta or cereal
  • Make the words with letter tiles (use scrabble pieces)
  • Cut letters from magazines and piece together words
  • Bend pipe cleaners into letters to make words
  • Write the words on a cookie sheet with magnetic letters
  • Use letter beads to make words on a string, placing a blank between the words
How do you practice your spelling words?

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Angie Kauffman
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  1. says

    Such fun ways to approach what is sometimes a painful subject for some children! Love all the hands on ways of doing spelling.

  2. says

    Great, fun ideas! We are starting with All About Spelling this year, but I think I am going to add some of these ideas to it. Especially my toddler (not yet spelling, of course) will have fun with these while my older is working. In fact, we can use these ideas for many subjects, like math!

  3. Karen Newell says

    Great ideas. We have also done the following:
    write them on mom’s back with your finger, write them on the bathtub with shaving cream, write them with your toes in the carpet. Some words (like “igh” words or “ould” are made into a march to get the rhythm.

  4. says

    Don’t forget Wikki Sticks for the make-it portion. If you haven’t tried these bendable wire and wax wonders, you should. They are incredible – and easy to bend! My boys LOVE them!

  5. says

    These are all wonderful ideas and also applicable to those just learning to read and write. I really wish we could set up an idea box (like a recipe box on a cooking website) to save great posts for later.


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