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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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Nina

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

Tammy Struthers

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

Robin E.

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

kim

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

Leah

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

Robin E.

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

Jess

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My boys would love this game! Thanks!

Jennifer Ervin

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

Nikki

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Neat idea. Thanks!

Cassandra M.

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Cool activity :)

Billie Joy Miller

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This looks like a great activity, especially for boys!

Amanda F

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

Karilyn

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

Robin E.

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You’re so welcome, Karilyn!

Dawn

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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

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Sounds like something my son would enjoy!

Melissa

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

Suzanne

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Such a great idea!

Sara

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

Georgia Stapleton

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

Sarah

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I know my son would enjoy this!!

Kristin Evans

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

Robin E.

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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

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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!

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

Megan

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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

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

Allison

says:

Looks fun!

avigail

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

This would be SOOOO much fun! I need to remember this for a future activity!

Becca Beck

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Ooh this looks perfect for my daughter. She’s just learning, but doesn’t like review. Playing with cars would be good incentive

Kimberly

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Very cute idea. Good idea for getting boys interested in spelling

Jessica

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A fun interactive way to review spelling words!

teneya

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My son is very hands on and loved this.

Sheila

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There is so much on this site! Thank you for this great idea!

Katrina Angele

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My son loves playing with race tracks anyways. What a fun easy way to practice his spelling.

Ashley B

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Thank you for always providing fun and easy things for us to reinforce learning at home!

MONA

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Just downloaded and printed! I am excited to see my kids’ reactions to a fun new approach to spelling!

Robin E.

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I’d love to hear how it went, Mona! I think this review activity will be well received. 😊

Jenn A

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This is such a fantastic idea! I love that it can be used for reading and/or spelling.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

That’s my favorite part too, Jenn. Often with my kids, one needed to review reading and another spelling. Having games that allowed me to do both while they played together was always a hit!

Angela Clark

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My highly energetic son would love this. He loves Hot Wheel sets and all things cars

Kaile R

says:

This looks like great fun!!

Julie

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What a fun game!

Myra

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I want to get my hands on All About Reading level 1 sooo badly!!!!

Linda

says:

Great ideas! Love all of the information you provide!

Krystal G

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My son loves cars. This is a great idea!

Annieroo

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Looks interesting. Goes well with our grand Prix race at Awana. Maybe we will have to get a try when our daughter gets a little older.

Amy

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Thank you so much for your incredible ideas and support!

Lindsay Garcia

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So excited to try this with my 7, 4, and 3 year old boys!

mila

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Can’t wait to use this with my own kid and my students! Thank you so much!!!

Kim

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Can’t wait to use this! Thank you!

Dontie

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A fun way for boys and spelling or reading!!

Angel

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My son would love this! I’m printing it out today!

Heathrr

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My son loved this activity and when we were done with the lesson my 4 year old had fun playing with the car and track.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Heather,
With this printable game, you can use the track to review just about anything. So you could use this activity for whatever your 4-year-old has been learning, letters, numbers, colors, whatever.

Tracy

says:

We are always looking for fun ways to review spelling or practice reading!

Suzanne

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Glad to come across this site. Thanks for linking up with Homeschool Giveaways to bring attention to your “Six Ways We Make Spelling Easy.” Very informative!

Patti

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I love any activity that keeps students engaged. This is great

Beth Keen

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I teach in a resource department of an elementary school and I LOVE using this program!

Jenna

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This is fabulous! Thank you for creating and sharing this with us!

Anna

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My kids and I both love these activities! Such a great supplement to a fantastic way of learning to read and spell!

Kayla Watson

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I love all these activities that are sent to my email!

zakia magnus

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What a great idea! We just began using Aas about a month ago. Some of my boys are great spellers and some, not so much. This program is so well suited to all of their different learning styles & they have All improved! I also appreciate how easy it is for me to implement, after the initial start up phase.

Ali Stevens

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My guy walked over while I opened the email and got excited right away!

Robin E.

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That’s so cute, Ali! I love that your guy was excited by the email alone.

Julie

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We are going to do this activity this afternoon. It looks like they will have so much fun and not realize how much they are learning

Robin E.

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Let us know how it goes, Julie! I’d love to hear if it was as well received as you anticipate.

Emily

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This is a great idea for engaging my son!

Dawn

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I think my son will love this!!

Meg

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Spelling practice is usually a painful task here. Excited to try this!

Jessica

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Looks like fun! Can’t wait to try this!

Christina

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What a fun activity!

Jennifer

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This is a super cute idea! We have used All About Spelling with my older 2 kids this year and I’ve been teaching my 2 preschoolers their letters using the uppercase animal letters. We have been having a blast with them!

Rachel Bailey

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I am really glad this activity accommodates to boys with the race car theme.

Emily hall

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Great idea! My kids love these games.

C Gabs

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Looks really fun!

Rae-Lynn

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I love how hands on this is! What a great change to our regular reading routine!

Jo Linda

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My boys would love this!

Ashley Williams

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Thank you for the fun engaging ideas to use with my students and my own children!

Carletta Jones

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I think my kids would love this game!

Sally

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Getting the attention of kids while drilling skills is so important. Keeping it fun great idea.

Jennifer Foerster

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We love AAR! My son is doing so well with his reading. We tried 3 different programs before AAR and nothing seemed to excite him until we started All About Reading! Thank you!

Robin E.

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You are so welcome, Jennifer. I’m very happy to hear that All About Reading has helped your son to be excited about reading!

Tzippy

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This looks like lots of fun!

Donald Errol Knight

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Another useful, practical tip!

Serena Wade-Harrington

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This looks like a good way to review. I like that you can change the cards whenever you need to.

Lori

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I like that this can be used with spelling and reading words.

Persendt

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I love this idea. Will definitely try it out.

Erika

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My son would love this!

Char

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Looks like fun!

Rachel Davis

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Ooohh!!! How fun!!! My kids love cars, so this is another cool activity to add to the tool box.

Mikaela Harlow

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Such a cool and fun way to learn words!

Bliss Cheng

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Love this activity to encourage spelling!

Jenny

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My son just did his first Pinewood Derby car and race last week so he is going to be ecstatic over this activity!

Robin E.

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Ooo, great timing for your son, Jenny! It’ll be an especially useful way to get some extra review in for him.

Renee

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My son is going to love reviewing his spelling words using this fun game!

Angela

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My son will love this!

LOL forgot to say that yes my two girls will both love race cars and reading words to see who can win the race! Thank you AAR

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Oh, yes, Kathy, this drag race activity is a lot of fun for all kids!

Another great idea from AAR We love level l and cannot wait to see what level two has to bring.

Jenny

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Love this! Thank you!

Dera Ronquillo

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This activity I think would be a great motivator for boys, possibly girls, too. It is something that they can do over and over again. I really can’t wait to try it out.

Erin Hansen

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This is great!

Helet

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Love love love it! Can’t wait to use this on my boys!

Corrie D.

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This is such a cool idea! Especially for boys. I have one little guy that will love doing this when he is old enough to start AAR and AAS.

Leah

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I have bed. Using the games with Ziggy zebra to review level 1 AAR with my 5 year old & Level 2 AAS with my 7 year old. It’s so nice to be able to combine the teaching of two kids at once & they love the games. I can’t wait to try out this drag race one next.

Robin E.

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Leah,
I did the same with the Reading Games with Ziggy the Zebra when my kids were younger. It allowed everyone to review the level they were on while playing a game together. Fun shared is even more fun!

Shaliah Armstrong

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Love all the fun activities you create for us to use!

Brooke Zimmerman

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So fun!! We are trying to add more FUN to our school days. And, working our way through AAR level 1, we still have tough days. This would be a great addition for a fun break from those tough ones!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Brooke,
Yes. When things get tough or when it’s just an off day, reviewing previously learned stuff in a fun way is often best. It reinforces what they know which can boost confidence plus it takes the pressure off of doing new and possibly difficult things when it’s just not the right day for something new.

Sarah Latham

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Games are such a fun way to learn! My kids actually ask to play them. This is great!

Elizabeth

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What a great idea! We’ve used recycled paper and a toy car but I think I will laminate these so can use again with dry erase markers. Love all your creative ideas!

Debbie Redekop

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Thanks for all the suggestions in teaching our children how to learn to read or spell better! :)

Jodie Binkley

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Fun!

Alison Kattelmann

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I like how the same game pieces can be used for both spelling and reading review.

Megan Saxbury

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Yup she will love it. Thinking dry erase on orange track with match box. She loves the track. Or lines and give her words to spell. Because I don’t like paying library print prices
Can’t print at home right now : ( thanks

Robin E.

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Megan,
If you are practicing reading, you can use the All About Reading word cards themselves at the “track”. Just line them up face down and she flips one over and reads it as she moves down the track. For spelling, you could use post-its to make a track. She has to write the word you dictate on a post-it before she can drive on it. Of course, the dry erase track works really well too. I think there are lots of variations with this idea!

Crystal

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What a fun idea!

Alisa

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Great idea. I used to place reading cards one in front of another to form a race track. Then my son would race his toy car next to the cards as he read them.

Jess

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cute game! my kiddos will love it! Thanks for always thinking up creative ways to encourage fun learning! I think I will use it for multiplication facts as well!!

Ashley Carriere

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Cute!!

Colette Loudin

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So fun! My boys need games like these to keep them interested. Thanks for the fun idea and pdf!

Tabitha

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I love this idea and think my boys will too!

Alejandra

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This is a brilliant and fun idea, I’ll definitely use it.

Rachel

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This looks great! I really appreciate the effort to make learning fun and what a great activity for boys!!

Karen

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Great game! Love the ideas you give.

April

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What a cute idea!

Amanda

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Looks like fun! I’m going to do this with my boys. :D Thanks for always giving out the freebies!

Denise Watkins

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Awesome!

Katy

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Thanks for such a great idea and easy to do review!! And for providing just what we need!

Rena Walter

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Sounds like a good idea.

Alyssa T

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I’m excited to try the Drag Race! It looks like fun.
We’ve just started using your reading and spelling curriculums, and my boys are really enjoying them. I had tried teaching them to read with what turned out to be a rather scatter-shot approach, and it’s been incredibly helpful to back up and teach step by step. They are becoming much more confident readers and writers – and with no frustration. Thank you for such a great, straightforward way of teaching!!

Robin E.

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Alyssa,
I love that your boys are becoming more confident with reading and writing! That is so important. Keep up the great work!

Holly Garcia

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So fun! Crafts and learning!!!

Holly Garcia

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This looks so fun! Crafts and learning!

Rebecca Smith

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Looks like fun!

Tina H.

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Very cool idea!

Kristen

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How fun! What a fun way to engage children in a way that helps them with their Language Arts!

Megan

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My daughter is vehicle obsessed so this is a perfect activity for her!

Michelle Griswold

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Such a fun activity!

Tara Lee

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We are just beginning our “All About” journey with our four year old!!!!!! We love the program and our little guy loves Ziggy!

Megan

says:

This looks like fun!

Kayla

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This looks like so much fun!

Megan Carrick

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We can’t WAIT to do this one! All About Learning’s downloadable games are the best – the kids don’t even realize they’re learning (shh!), they’re just so busy having FUN!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Megan! I love that our downloadable games are such a big hit for your kids.

Amber

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So fun! My kids would love this.

Christine

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this looks great!

Wendy Thornell

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We had this with our last level and my son loved it. Glad I can print and use again!

Alena

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Love this. Can’t wait to try it with my boys!

Kristie

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I will have to try this with my kids. Thanks!!

Serena

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Great idea!

LaToya Johnson

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Thanks for this printable! This will be great for my 5 yr old who is learning to blend sounds. It could also work for kids learning their alphabet or even numbers!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Yes, definitely, LaToya! This game can be used to review all sorts of things.

Joanna Martin

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Sounds Wild! 😂

Annemarie

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Thank you for this idea!

Aimee

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Thank you for all the creative ideas you give for learning!

Jennifer

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I’m excited to try this with my kids. Thank you.

This looks like so much fun. I can’t wait to try it with my daughter!

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