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Does your child cry out ~ Help Me Spell!??

by Rachel

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.


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.


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.


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.


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 Notebookhas a more detailed explanation as well as more ideas of ways to practice with your kids.


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:

​Rachel is the founder of the blog, One Crazy House. She is the co-author of 101 Kids Activities that are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! and The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband and six children.