Spelling doesn’t have to be a monotonous chore. It’s simply allowing your students to create a relationship with the words. One of the best ways to do this is to have them interact with each word using their senses. Here is a list of 50 sensory spelling activities for kids to try.
50 Sensory Spelling Activities for Kids
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- Build words with Scrabble pieces.
- Jump on a trampoline, saying each letter out loud.
- Spell words with legos on a lego mat.
- Create words using pipe cleaners.
- Type the spelling words on a keyboard.
- Using your finger, spell the words in sand or salt.
- Write the words using a white crayon, then paint over them.
- Using a dry-erase marker, practice writing words on a window.
- Spell words with alphabet cookies
- Spell words with magnetic letters on a refrigerator.
- Create words using play dough.
- Spell words using a string of yarn to make each letter.
- Spell words outside with sidewalk chalk.
- Make word pyramids.
- Using letter beads, thread the letters onto the string to create words.
- Paint the words.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” -Aristotle.
- Create words using craft sticks.
- Build words using letter stamps.
- Spell the words out loud, clapping for each letter.
- Using letter blocks, create towers by spelling the words.
- Spell words with alphabet noodles.
- Using a dry-erase marker, practice words on a mirror.
- Spell words with leaves collected from the outdoors.
- Text the words to a friend or grandparent.
- Spell words using cotton balls.
- Using an alphabet stencil, draw the words onto paper.
- Spell the words out loud, jumping on one foot for each letter.
- Sing each letter out loud to build the words.
- Spell the words out loud while jumping rope.
- Make alphabet rocks, then spell the words.
- Rhythmically spell words, using a metronome.
- Using a stick, spell words in gravel or sand.
- Spell each word out loud, alternating between a low voice and a high voice.
- Build words using letter stickers.
- Swing and spell: Say each letter as you pump forward and backward.
- Spell words with rocks collected from the outdoors.
- Using your body, create each letter in order.
“Spelling is improved when reading is done.” -Stephen D. Krashen
- Write the spelling words in a silly way.
- Make a word search using the spelling words.
- Create the words using buttons.
- Spell words out loud while sitting and standing for every other letter.
- Using old magazines, cut out letters to form spelling words.
- Create the words using dried beans
- Spell the words out loud while going up stairs. (one letter per stair.)
- Using a stick, spell words in the dirt or mud.
- Write the words on a big chalkboard.
- Create the words using pretzels
- Form the words by using a wet noodle for each letter.
- Spell each word out loud, alternating between a whisper and a yell.
- Create the words using chocolate chips.
Printable List of Spelling Activities for Kids
Here is a printable download of all these ideas. You can print this out, work through each one, or save it as a reference.
What is your favorite spelling activity?
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