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Drag Race – A Reading and Spelling Review Activity

Rev up your engines and get ready to roll! In this fun Drag Race activity, your children will build a race track and race their cars to the finish line as they practice reading and spelling words. Ready, set, go!

download the Drag Race activity

Prepare Your Drag Race Activity

  1. Download the Drag Race Activity.
  2. Print the race car, starting line, and racetrack cards and cut them out along the dotted lines.
  3. For reading practice, write one review word on the back of each racetrack card.
  4. For spelling practice, leave the back of the cards blank.
  5. Assemble the car by folding on the lines as indicated and then place the car on the starting line.
boy with drag race car at the starting line

Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

Let’s play for spelling!

boys getting ready to start their drag race

Place your child’s racetrack cards in a stack and have him draw a card. Dictate one of his spelling words to him and have him write the spelling word on the back of the card.

boy writes spelling word on the back of drag race track card

For each word he spells correctly, he should add the racetrack card to his track and advance his car one space.

drag race car moving along track

Continue until all his words have been spelled correctly and the car reaches the end of the track.

boys playing with drag race activity

And that’s grounds for a victory lap!

More Ways to Play

  1. Playing for reading

    Write one review word on the back of each racetrack card and place the cards in a pile with the words facing down. Have your child choose a card from the pile and read the word on the back. For each word he reads correctly, he should add the racetrack card to his track and advance his car one space.

  2. Playing with more than one child

    Print and cut out a race car, starting line, and racetrack cards for each player. Use reading or spelling words that are consistent with each child’s level. Children take turns until one child reads or spells all his words correctly.

For a quick demonstration, watch as Ethan and Caleb play Drag Race for spelling and then for reading. 

Do you think your kids would enjoy this fun way to review words?

Photos by: Christine Zell

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Kristen

says:

This looks so fun! I can’t wait to try this. Spelling is a bit of a struggle to make fun right now, so it’s great to find activities to try!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I hope you find this activity a good way to add fun to your spelling, Kristen. We also have 10 Great Ways to Review Spelling Word Cards that has fun review ideas.

Amanda

says:

This is so creative! My kids are going to love this! Thank you :-)

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re so welcome, Amanda!

Kelly Hofeling

says:

I love this idea!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I hope you have lots of fun with it, Kelly!

Kelly Hofeling

says:

Love this idea!!

Teresa

says:

My boys would enjoy this!

Cierra

says:

We did this with my 10 year old & he loved it!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you for letting us know your student enjoyed this activity, Cierra!

Susan

says:

This was such a fun activity! My son really enjoyed using this with spelling.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Great to hear that your son really enjoyed this activity, Susan! Thank you!

Heather

says:

This is great, being able to create what my kid needs is always very nice. I believe I’ll just make a alphabet set for identification just letter and sound…upper case and lower…im in so hopefull.

Beth C.

says:

What a fun idea! A great way for review.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Beth!

Lindsey van Niekerk

says:

This looks fun!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thanks, Linsey!

Natalia Rogers

says:

I love all these ingenious ideas!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Natalia!

Dawn Old

says:

My daughter loves race cars and gameschooling seems to be her favorite so far! A perfect combination!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Oh, yes, gameschooling is great, Dawn! I hope your daughter has a lot of fun with this.

Sara O.

says:

This looks like something my boys would really enjoy! Time to race!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Great, Sara! Time to race (and spell)!

Erika Ortega

says:

That’s awesome my kids love cars specifically McQueen and Cruz so this is a great idea to do with them.
Thank you for the ideas and freebies

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Erika. I hope your kids have lots of fun with this activity!

Lauren

says:

AAR + AAS have the BEST interactive learning activies!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Awww, thank you, Lauren!

Kisha B

says:

I love this. This is such a fun way to work on spellling!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Kisha! I hope you have lots of fun with spelling review with this.

Jenny Beth Penrod

says:

Thanks for all the freebies!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Jenny Beth!

Jennifer

says:

How neat! Thank you – my son loves cars and all things that GO!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Jennifer!

Kristin

says:

What a creative idea!

Dani

says:

This looks like a lot of fun!

Louisa

says:

My sons are going to LOVE this! Thank you for the creative, fun idea. Having fun and playing to learn is how my children learn best!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I hope you have lots of fun racing and reviewing, Lousia! You’re welcome.

Andrea

says:

This is a great idea! Thank you!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome. Glad you like it, Andrea!

Sarah

says:

Too cute!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thanks, Sarah!

C

says:

Looks fun!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you!

Lisa Nolan

says:

I will be using this .
Thank you so very much for sharing!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Lisa. I hope your student or students get lots of enjoyment out of this!

Therese

says:

Thanks very much – I’ll look forward to using this next week, sounds great. I have already used your ‘moo’ spelling game a lot and it’s great too.
Thanks for good helpful material.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I hope your students have a lot of fun with this drag race game, Therese!

Annamaria

says:

I use this game all the time primarily for spelling, the kids love it. I have a slight twist with my 1-to-1’s, in that if they spell it right, they move, but if they spell it wrong, I get to move. Thank you for this game and all the other great ideas and tips on your blog.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Great alteration to the game, Annamaria! It can be hard to find a way to have competition while still being “fair” for a single student. Thanks for sharing this idea.

Mary

says:

This is a great idea to get kids more motivated to practice spelling words.

Lindsay

says:

Love this idea!!! Will begin printing & creating to use tomorrow with my students!

Money Clip

says:

Haha that’s kind of cool.. Maybe something a little more mechanical as well to peak their interests a bit more :)