14 Fun Spelling Activity Ideas to Use in the Classroom

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Having a set of fun activities and teaching resources that you can use with any list of spelling or vocabulary words is a must in any classroom. Alternatively, they are a great homework activity!

Here is a list of activities that you can do with your students:


Wordketball

Kids love this!

Print out your list of words and display them on a word wall. Students line up in two teams at the hoop and have to read the word that is shown to them. Alternatively, you could read out a definition of a word and they need to try and guess what word it is!

The student who gets it right gets to take a shot for a point for their team.

The team with they most points at the end of the activity are the winners!

Basketball in the Classroom


Hands-On Spelling Activities

 

We have a great selection of hands-on spelling games and activities. Here are some of our favourites:

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Ninja Race Phonics Game

A fun, engaging board game to consolidate students' understanding of digraphs and rhyme.

Teach Starter Publishing5 pagesYears: 1 - 4Has Starter Sheet
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Digraph Bug Swatting Game

A small group bug swatting game to consolidate the concept of digraph graphemes at the beginning of a word.

Teach Starter Publishing10 pagesYears: 1 - 2
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Finger Twist Up - Phonics Game

A fun, engaging board game to consolidate students' understanding of blends and sounds.

Teach Starter Publishing11 pagesYears: 1 - 4Has Starter Sheet
Image of Jumble Mania - Circle Letters with Blends, Digraphs and Phonemes

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Jumble Mania - Circle Letters with Blends, Digraphs and Phonemes

An ongoing game that encourages students to use the provided letters to make as many words as they can.

Teach Starter Publishing24 pagesYears: F - 7


Fun Spelling Activity Task Cards ✏️

Use our set of 57 spelling task cards during rotations.

Every activity is possible with any set of spelling or vocabulary specific words! Lot’s of fun activities and ideas!

Why not pick four activities and have students move around to each activity in small groups!

Spelling Task Cards


Vocab BINGO

Kids love BINGO!

Create your own BINGO cards using the spelling words for the week! Use our blank bingo cards, and customise them on our website. Alternatively, laminate a small group set and simply write the words you want on them with a whiteboard marker. Then you can wipe them clean and re-use them for the following week!

Read out definitions and have the students find the matching word!

Blank BINGO Cards


Laminated Activities – Lower Primary

Rather than using our Generic Spelling Activity Worksheet Pack as worksheets, print on coloured paper and laminate the set!

This makes for an easy and fun activity that your students can do with any set of spelling words!

Generic Spelling Activity Worksheets


Celebrity Heads with Words

Love this idea!

Simply create a hat using coloured card and use Blu Tak to stick a word to a student’s hat! They then need to work out what spelling word they are wearing by asking their class or small group questions such as: Am I a noun? Am I a verb? Do I start with a consonant letter?

Kids love this and it is so simple and easy to create.

Celebrity Heads with Words


Vocab and Definition Memory ⌛

Another fun activity!

Using our Generic Spelling Words Word Wall cards print out the spelling words and their matching definition.

Students then have to play memory.

Memory Activity with Spelling Words


Roll, Say and Add

Using the Generic Spelling Words Word Wall cards, place in a pile in front of each student.

Students then roll the dice and must say the first word in the pile.

If they get it correct they can add the number on the dice to their total! The student with the most points wins.

This is a great activity of instant recognition as the faster they go, the quicker their total rises!

Roll, Say and Add


Spelling Activity Task Cards – Lower Primary

Another great set of instant word wall activities! More suited to the lower grades.

Set up spelling rotations and pick four fun activities your students can do.

Word Wall Activity Task Cards


Word Work Grids – Upper Primary

A great activity that can last all week!

We have a Word Work Grid Version 1 and Word Work Grid Version 2 available for download. Print and laminate the grid so that your students can re-use for each set of spelling words.

There are matching worksheets that correspond to most activities on each grid!

Word Work Grid Activity

What spelling activities do your students love to do? Please share your ideas in the comment section of this blog! We love to hear from our followers…

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  • Ginalyn Bucag
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    Thank you for the ideas!! God Bless you!!

    • Holly (Teach Starter)
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      Hi Ginalyn, Thanks for your positive feedback. I am glad you found these ideas useful. Kind regards, Holly

  • Alexandra Pate
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    Love! Added a Pinterest board just for these babies. ??

  • Janine Ahie
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    thanks this is amazing...

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