Does your child cry out ~ Help Me Spell!??   We have two emerging readers who are beginning to memorize sight word lists and learn to spell them correctly.   Here are just a few of the activities from Kids Activities Blog and other great sites that we have used to help our children learn how to spell.

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Help Me Spell

While spelling with your child, replace letters with skittles (like dot of i’s or the o’s).   When they finish, eat the skittles.     This is a great way to help kids learn to recognize the written words. Learn to spell with a picture code.   Make the spelling words into a message that your child has to decipher. In this fun kids activity, play a literary version of twister with your kiddos.   Put the letters on the floor and as you say the words, kids have to contort themselves in order to have each letter touched at the same time, or for an easier version, have the kids hop from letter to letter in order.

Learn To Spell

Create a collection of letters from cereal and other food boxes for your kids to learn and explore with – they are great for forming spelling lists for a child who detests handwriting Don’t want to cut our cereal boxes?   Try creating some letter stones for an outdoor spelling activity. 8 {FUN} spelling games for kids to play and learn

How To Spell

One of our kids favorite ways to learn to spell is to write the letters of the words from their spelling list onto the big lego blocks (duplos). We use a dry erase marker as it easily wipes off the blocks when we are finished.   Then after the kids have copied their words, they hand me their list and I call out a word and the kids get to build the word. 8 {FUN} spelling games for kids to play and learn

Spelling Activities

Do you have leftover pieces to a puzzle? Write the spelling words on the back and have your child put the puzzle bits together by putting the words in order.   This idea is a spin-off from the word puzzle activity that No Time for Flashcards featured. We LOVE to learn with wooden block activities.   Take a dice and write a way to practice spelling on each side of the wooden block – use some of these ideas as well as ones like: write the word, arrange the letters with magnets, chant the letters, etc.   Correspond a different spelling activity to each side of a dice.   When the kids roll the dice they practice the word with that method.   Keep rolling till the word has been practiced 6 times.   The Teachers Notebook has a more detailed explanation as well as more ideas of ways to practice with your kids.

More Kids Activities

Do you have any tips that have helped your child learn how to spell?   We would love to hear about them in the comments.   Feel free to leave links if you have more kids activities to help them when they cry ~ help me spell!   Here are a few more spelling activities you might want to consider:

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  4. Love these ideas! I am an elementary special education teacher, and I am always looking for unique ways to practice spelling. My kids enjoy writing their words in Morse Code, and in Braille. We also write them as telephone numbers. They use old, inactive cell phones to do this. Another fun thing, which also doubles for phonics work, is to cut pictures out of magazines that begin with each letter. I have laminated a whole hanging folder drawer full, and the put magnetic tape on the back of each picture. The kids then pull out the pictures and spell their words on a magnetic whiteboard. They especially love to use the picture of a roll of toilet paper for the letter “T”!

  5. These are amazing ideas. I cannot wait to try the secret code thing with my oldest son. He will love it!

  6. Thanks so much for the link to my letter activity box! I’m looking forward to checking out some more of your activities!