• Fun Ways to Practice Word Wall Words

     
    Writing & Fine Motor Practice - you can do the old stand-by and write your words on a piece of paper, maybe even the dreaded 5x each or you can.......

    1. Play Dough Words - use play dough to form letters to spell out each word.

    2. Pipe Cleaner Words - use pipe cleaners and bend and form to make letters used to write out the words.

     
    3. Yarn Words - supply some yarn and scissors and let kids snip and create letters to spell out the words.

    4. Puffy Paint Words - mix up a batch of puffy paint, write words and pop them in microwave to watch them puff up. :)

    5. Stamp It! - use alphabet stamps and ink pads to stamp out words or let child use fingerprints to write words if you don't have letter stamps.


    6. Paint It! - use a paintbrush and paint to spell words.

    7. Finger Paint - let them get messy and have some sensory fun and finger paint to spell their words

    8. Reverse Chalk Writing (aka Water Writing) - an easy and fun twist on writing words on the chalkboard. Use chalk to cover the chalkboard and have your child use a paintbrush dipped in water to write their words over it. The Lil Divas love this reverse chalk writing.

    9. Type It! - if your kiddos are anything like my Lil Divas they love getting computer time, so let them type their spelling words on the computer/ipad/lap top.

     
    10. Rainbow Words - spell words using different colored markers or crayons for each letter.
     
    11. Salt/Sand/Flour Tray - spell words using finger or paintbrush (great sensory experience too). Put colored construction paper under the salt, sand or flour to make the letters really pop.


    12. Trace - have fun and let kids trace their words on your back or palm. Have them focus on properly forming each letter so you can feel it being drawn.

    13. Sidewalk Chalk (or Paint) - go outside and spell your words using sidewalk chalk. Just taking the spelling practice outside makes it more fun for kids.

    14. Shaving Cream - This is another fun sensory experience. Make a thin layer of shaving cream on a tray and use a paintbrush or better yet a fingertip to spell out the words. Have some napkins on hand.

    15. Trace in the Air - watch as children trace the letters in the air to spell each word.

    16. Alphabet Blocks - use ABC blocks to spell words

    17. Letter Beads - use alphabet letter beads and pipe cleaners to build words

    18. Letter Tiles - spell words using letter tiles

     
    19. Alphabet Stickers - build words using ABC stickers

    20. Small/Medium/Large Words - How boring is it to write words 3 or 5 times each? I used to hate doing it as a kid myself so I understand the Oldest Diva not being thrilled about doing it. How about jazzing it up by having them write the word using the smallest letters they can possibly write (this one is a fave), then doing it normal sized and finally jumbo sized. It makes tedious writing practice so much more fun.

    21. Build a Word with Legos - using some tape write the letters needed for each word ahead of time on some legos. Mix them up and then call out a word and have child(ren) build it using the appropriate legos and you will end up with some spelling word towers. Now that's a fun way to spell.

    22. Crayon Bits - use your broken crayons to make letters and spell the target words.

     
    23. Q-Tip Writing - Use q-tips and paint to dot letters to spell the word or write the word using the q-tip as a paint brush.

    24. Magnet Letters - Take a cookie sheet or head for the fridge, add some magnetic letters and spell out the words.

     
    25. Glue & Glitter - Write out spelling words in glue and sprinkle some glitter on top. Glitter makes everything fun, doesn't it?

    26. Wikki Stix - What a fun bendable material and perfect to use in building letters to spell words.

    27. Alphabet Rocks - If you have a set of painted ABC rocks these can be a fun way to build and spell words.

    28. Marble Words - The Lil Divas enjoy using our flat bottom decorative marbles to form the letters needed to spell words. You could also use small rocks, decorative gems or whatever you have handy.

    29. Coffee Filters & Markers - let your child write the words using markers on coffee filters. Once you are all done, hand them a spray bottle of water and let them turn their spelling practice into art!

    30. Hidden Spelling Words - on a white piece of paper let your child write out the spelling words using a white crayon. Once all words have been written use watercolors and paint to make hidden words appear.

     
    31. Paint (or Hair Gel) Bags - Pour paint into a ziplock freezer bag and seal. Use fingertips to write words on bag. To erase, simply squish bag and you are ready for the next word.

    32. Alpha-Bit Spelling - Use Alpha-Bit cereal, alphabet pasta or even alphabet cookies to spell words - this can even double as a snack when done reviewing if you use the cereal or cookies.

    33. Print Words - Use newspaper or magazine print to cut out fun letters. Have child make words using clipped letters.

    34. Novelty Erasers - use small erasers to spell words. I always stock up on seasonal erasers to use for math, etc and they actually work great for spelling too.

     
    35. Q-Tip or Toothpick Letters - use q-tips or toothpicks to build letters and make spelling words.

    36. Flower Words - draw a flower for each word, 1 petal for each letter of the word.

    37. Other Hand - if you are right handed write your words using your left hand, if you are left handed write words using your right hand.

    38. Alphabet Cookie Cutters - use ABC cookie cutters to make words. For extra fun, go ahead and make some word cookies.

    39. Window Writing - use Crayola Window Markers and write words on windows or sliding glass doors. They wash off easily and writing on windows or doors is so much more fun than boring old paper.

    40. Clothespin Words - Write letters on clothespins and have child pin letters to make words. They can pin onto hanging string (think clothes line) or even an index card.

    41. Snap Cube Words - Those colorful snap cubes aren't just for math. Use them to build letters and form spelling words.

     
    42. Flashlight Words - set up an Alphabet chart, turn out the lights and use a flashlight to shine on each letter (one letter at a time) to spell words.

    43. Craft Stick Spelling - write the necessary letters on craft sticks, mix them up and have child build words using the appropriate sticks.

    44. Scrabble Spelling - use scrabble pieces to build words. For some sneaky math fun have child total the amount for each word.

    45. Tub Spelling - use foam letters in the tub and stick onto the wall to make words.

    46. Shower Spelling - Yes, more spelling fun in the tub. This time spread some shaving cream on your shower door or tiled wall over the tub and let your child(ren) finger write words.

    47. Bathtub Paint - Still feeling adventurous about the tub? Use bathtub paint and write or paint words onto your shower door, tub or tiled wall. It washes out!

    48. Cheez-it Spelling - use ABC Cheez-it crackers to spell words. Then enjoy a yummy snack.

    49. Cereal Words - using circle shaped cereal like Cheerios or Froot Loops build letters to form spelling words. Then have a sweet, crunchy snack.

    50. Penny or Coin Spelling - use pennies or other small coins to make letters and spell out words.

    51. Lima Beans - Another fun manipulative to use are lima beans. Write letters on beans, mix them up and put them in a pile for the children. Call out spelling words and have child search for the appropriate beans to spell each word.