Spelling comes more easily to some children than others. This kinesthetic spelling practice activity proved transformational for my eight-year-old!
Kinesthetic Spelling Practice
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My eight-year-old daughter Lily hates traditional spelling work, although she enjoys cursive copywork that I download for her from SchoolhouseTeachers.com. She wanted to mix things up, though, and I know she is a kinesthetic learner who also loves pretty things. Felt letter boards are all the rage right now, so I decided to get one and give that approach a try.
She loved it! It was fun to see her go from dragging her feet to noticing patterns in the lesson’s spelling words.
Five-year-old Anna is still working on learning the alphabet and letter names. It turns out this letter board is great for that as well!
More Fun Ways to Use a Letter Boards with Kids
There are lots of fun ways to use felt letter boards with kids! Here are a few we’ve discovered:
- Practice math facts.
- Leave each other silly messages.
- Write a quote of the day.
- Compose name poems.
- Write up the day’s schedule.
More Fun Ways to Practice Spelling Words
Spelling doesn’t have to be a task children dread! Here are some more fun ways to practice spelling words:
- Use chopsticks to write words in sand.
- Use paint in a bag to spell words.
- Write words usinge cuisenaire rods.
- Try secret code spelling words.
- Spell words using post-it notes.
- Spell words using LEGO letters.
- Create a driveway letter grid to practice spelling.
- Use dried beans to spell words.
- Make words with Scrabble tiles.
- Try spelling words with Easter eggs.
Of course, all of these ideas also help children develop letter recognition, as well! I love finding activities that work for different children with different skill levels!
What are your favorite ways to help kids practice spelling words? Do you have more suggestions of fun ways to use our letter board? Let me know in the comments, or on my Facebook page or by tagging me on Twitter or Instagram.