Word Work Games

Be sure to check out the Reading Connections newsletter that your child receives monthly.  Each newsletter is filled with literacy activities you can do at home.  Below are descriptions and resources you can use to practice vocabulary and spelling.


Tic-Tac-Toe Letter Game:  Play tic-tac-toe with letters your child confuses or needs more practice with.  Instead of using the letters x and o, use letters children may confuse such as b and d or p and q.  Make sure to say the letter names aloud each time you take a turn!

Pipe Cleaner ABC’s:  Make letters out of pipe cleaners.  Take a picture with a camera or a smart phone of each letter made.  Print the pictures and staple them together to make a book of ABC’s that you can read with your child.

Graham Cracker ABC’s:  Use a tube of icing (icing used to decorate a cake) and let your child write letters on graham crackers.  Talk about each letter before enjoying a yummy snack!

Family Spelling Bee:  Hold a weekly family spelling bee.  Let your child practice the letters in their spelling words by telling you how to spell them aloud.  In turn, have them quiz you  on words from the dictionary.  Keep spelling bee words that stump students and parents on the list to use in the next week’s spelling bee.

Spell Check:  Take turns choosing a spelling word and writing it crossword-style on graph paper, one letter per square.  Try to connect all the words to each other, like you do when playing Scrabble.
Graph Paper.pdf

Guess the Word:  Pick a category of words such as jobs, food, sports, adjectives, etc.  On separate slips of paper, write words that fit into the category.  (For example: Category is baseball.  Words on slips of paper: baseball, bat, glove, helmet, umpire, score, walk, run, etc.)  Divide into two teams.  A player from the first team draws one slip.  The player must give clues to the opponent to help them guess the word on the slip of paper.  (For example: round, hard, red stitching.)  If the opposing team guesses the word, they keep the slip of paper.  The game is over when all slips of paper have been used.  The person with the most slips of paper is the winner!

Word Boxes:  Write new vocabulary words in the small rectangles.  Draw a picture of the word to help you remember what it means.
Word Boxes.pdf

Adapted from the Reading Connections newsletters (September- November 2015)