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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 child will build a race track and race his car to the finish line as he practices 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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Money Clip

says:

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

Holly

says:

How fun! My son loves games and especially for spelling. I might even try using it for my younger son who is just 4 and writing his letters.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Holly,
This game works very well for working on review with children of very different abilities. I think it would be even more fun for your sons if you do have them play together!

Colleen walker

says:

Wow what a great idea

Annette O'Donnell

says:

This is great way for boys to interact and learn.

Nina

says:

This looks like it would motivate my boys, such a cute idea!

Tammy Struthers

says:

Thank you for the free printable! My class will be so happy to have something new!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Tammy. I hope your class has a lot of fun with them!

kim

says:

how fun! I wish I had creative teachers when I was in school.

Leah

says:

I’m always looking for ways to spice up our reading and spelling practice, so this is great. Thanks for the printable!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Leah! I hope your student or students have a lot of fun with this.

Jess

says:

My boys would love this game! Thanks!

Jennifer Ervin

says:

My kids love all the games AAR provides! They look forward to reading each day!

Nikki

says:

Neat idea. Thanks!

Cassandra M.

says:

Cool activity :)

Billie Joy Miller

says:

This looks like a great activity, especially for boys!

Amanda F

says:

This looks like a fun way to get my 6 year old into reading and loving it.

Karilyn

says:

I appreciate all the great ideas and tips that I always receive through email from you! Thank you!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re so welcome, Karilyn!

Dawn

says:

This looks so awesome! My 10 year old is dyslexic and my 5 year old starts K in the fall. I can’t wait to get started with them.

Deb

says:

Sounds like something my son would enjoy!

Melissa

says:

What a neat idea! And if the car looked like a dragon it would create even more excitement for my daughter!

Suzanne

says:

Such a great idea!

Sara

says:

What a fun activity! I’m so excited to use it with my kiddo!

Georgia Stapleton

says:

This would be a good good game when she is working on her review words.

Sarah

says:

I know my son would enjoy this!!

Kristin Evans

says:

Looks like a great game for my three boys all at different levels in AAR.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Kristin,
A great thing about these kinds of review activities is that they work well with multiple kids at different levels. I hope your boys have a lot of fun with it!

Karen

says:

This is super clever. I can use it in the classroom for small group spelling review. And if I laminate the racetrack cards, the kids can write their words with dry erase markers, and we can re-use the cards over and over. Thanks much!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Karen. I think this would make your students excited to get a chance at spelling review!

Yvette DeBeer

says:

This is soooo cool!! Going to try it with tutoring.

Megan

says:

My son will love practicing his words this way! Thank you for the great idea!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Megan! I hope your son has a great time with this game.

Megan Johnson

says:

My 3 boys are car obsessed. They will absolutely love this game.

Allison

says:

Looks fun!

avigail

says:

my son loves cars so I hope this motivates him to practice reading, thanks!

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