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10 Great Ways to Review Spelling Word Cards

All About Spelling word card Review Box

Taking the time to review spelling Word Cards is an important part of your child’s day, but sometimes it just doesn’t seem “exciting.” But as we all know, review is what makes learning stick. The more kids review what they have learned, the more they will remember.

In fact, regular review is such an important part of learning to spell that every lesson in All About Spelling includes a review of previously taught skills.

As with any daily task, review can get boring at times. And when review begins to feel like drudgery, it can lose its effectiveness.

As a teacher, that’s the last thing you want!

When schoolwork is fun, it is more motivating for kids, but figuring out ways to cultivate fun can seem like more work for Mom and Dad. But in the case of reviewing spelling Word Cards, it may not be as difficult as you think.

10 Great Ways to Review Spelling Word Cards

We have some pretty amazing moms and dads out there using All About Spelling with their kids, and they have shared some great Word Card review ideas that definitely increase the fun factor of review time. And most of these ideas require minimal effort for parents.

Boy spelling with letter tiles

Spell with Letter Tiles

Reviewing Word Cards can get tedious, but you can make spelling review more fun by using Bananagrams® or Scrabble® letters to spell words. It may take a bit longer, but most kids don’t mind the extra time when you can make review seem more like a game.
(Shared by @stefmlayton via Instagram.)

Letter beads threaded on pipe cleaner

Work on Spelling and Fine Motor Skills

Fidgety kids often benefit from keeping their hands busy as they complete their schoolwork. But with this idea, it’s actually the schoolwork that will keep their hands busy! Have your child practice his spelling Word Cards by threading letter beads onto pipe cleaners to spell the words. It’s perfect for hands-on learners!

Car on sidewalk with chalk

Take Your Spelling for a Drive

Draw rectangles on the driveway or sidewalk with chalk. Have your child “drive” (or skate, ride, walk, hop, etc.) to a rectangle. Read the first word from a stack of review cards, and have your child write the word in the rectangle. Keep “driving” and spelling until you complete the entire stack of Word Cards!

Girl writing word in shaving cream

Make It Fun!

When you spell your words in shaving cream, it’s tons of fun! Just spread a thick layer of shaving cream on a tray or another flat, washable surface. Dictate a word to your child and have her write the word in the shaving cream. After this, your kids might beg to review their Word Cards!
(Shared by @adventures_of_a_healthy_mama via Instagram.)

Word written in soap suds on sidewalk

Write on the Sidewalk (with a twist!)

Just mix a little bit of dish detergent and water and you’ve got the perfect solution for turning a slab of concrete into a writing canvas! “Suds” up your sidewalk, then read your child’s words. Have him finger-write each word on his soapy canvas. The words are easy to “erase,” and your canvas can easily be recharged with a bit more soap and water. (Shared by Shawna at Not the Former Things.)

Child using typewriter

Go “Old School”

Grab an old typewriter at a yard sale or resale shop and let your vintage spelling review session begin! You read the words and your child types them. And as an added bonus, when your child is done with the review session, she’ll have her very own study sheet to take with her!

Child spelling with alphabet cereal

Motivate with Alphabet Cereal

What do you do when your child is hungry but you’re still in the middle of a spelling lesson? You grab a box of alphabet cereal and keep right on going! Read a word from your child’s Word Cards and have him spell the word with cereal letters. If he spells the word correctly, he gets to eat the letters. If he spells it incorrectly, mom gets to eat them. Now that’s some tasty motivation!

Young boy watching tablet

Reward with Screen Time

Take advantage of your child’s interest in electronics, and break out the tablet during spelling review. Read the words from your child’s Word Cards and let him type the words on the tablet. He’ll get some great review time in, but as an added bonus, he’ll get a bit of extra typing practice too!
(Shared by @craftynotcreative via Instagram.)

Practice Spelling Words with Scratch-Off Paper

Use Scratch-Off Paper

Make spelling review colorful with rainbow scratch-off paper! You can easily create your own scratch-off paper at home. Cover white card stock with fun, colorful patterns using wax crayons then paint the entire page with black acrylic paint. Grab a wooden stick or toothpick and start spelling! This project can double as spelling AND art class if you let your child do the creating!

Practice Spelling Words with Salt Trays

Create a Sensory Spelling Tray

Pour some salt or sand in a shallow pan to create a fun sensory spelling tray! Your child can write his spelling words using his finger, a wooden stick, or a pencil. Want to take your sensory tray to a whole new level? Add some color and fragrance! With some creativity, you can combine different extracts for aromatic results. Sniff out 10 scented salt tray recipes in this free download.

Are You Feeling Motivated?

I hope so! Reading the above ideas made me want to find a child and review some spelling words! When you can introduce this much motivation into your daily review, the long-term rewards are amazing!.

And if you’re looking for similar ideas to use when reviewing your child’s reading Word Cards, check out 12 Great Ways to Review Reading Word Cards.

Spelling Review Tips Recommended by Our Readers

  • Say a word. Have your child repeat the word and then run across the room to the white board. Have him spell the word, then run back for the next word. (Recommended by Jenny H.)
  • Spell words in a plate or pan full of rice. (Shared by @studioregency on Instagram)
  • Say a word. Have your child repeat the word and spell it on the white board. If he spells it correctly, he gets to draw an illustration for the word. (Recommended by @niconicolita on Instagram)
  • Play hopscotch with your spelling words. Add letters to each square and have your child hop to each letter as she spells the word out loud. (Recommended by Suzanne W. via Facebook)
  • Give your child a word. Let him write it on a window using a Crayola washable marker or Expo dry erase marker. (Recommended by Tracy via blog comment)
  • Host a spelling bee . . . with stuffed animals! (Recommended by K. Smith via blog comment)
  • Play spelling tic-tac-toe. If your child spells their word correctly they get to claim a space. If they misspell it, the other person can steal the space by correctly spelling the word. (Recommended by Jeanine via blog comment.)
  • To recreate the experience of typing on a real typewriter, use the Hanx Writer iPad app. And here’s one that’s available for Android. (Recommended by Kristen via blog comment)
  • Play “word jumbles.” Write all the letters for the word then have your child put them in the correct order. (Recommended by Michelle via blog comment)
  • Use a dry erase marker on the bathroom mirror. Review spelling words after brushing teeth in the morning and leave them on the mirror all day. (Recommended by Robin R. via blog comment)
  • Make a “road” of upside-down Word Cards. Roll the dice and drive a little car (or another type of marker) down the appropriate number of cards. Mom turns over the card and reads the word and child spells the word. If spelled correctly, the card is placed right-side up. Keep going until all the cards have been spelled correctly. (Recommended by Linda via blog comment)
  • For a physical activity I would create a maze of letters on my tile floor. The kids had to spell the words by stepping on the letters to get through the maze. (Recommended by Cindy S. via Facebook)

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Jodi Reel

says:

So many great ideas! My son loves the shaving cream.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Shaving cream is a really fun way to review!

Kate Kidd

says:

I’m so glad this is here, I was wondering what these cards could be used for and how to use them when we aren’t doing a program. This blog is very helpful!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m glad this was helpful, Kate! We also have a similar blog post for using the cards for reading review, 12 Great Ways to Review Reading Word Cards

Krystal

says:

So many fun ideas!

Teresa

says:

These are great suggestions. I’m looking forward to trying them with my two boys.

Marina

says:

AAR is fun and easy to teach!

Sonia

says:

Love this program

Missy

says:

Love the ideas! Mixing it up instead of doing the same things over and over is always more memorable for the kids! My kids like to make matching/memory games out of their words.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I like the idea of matching/memory games, Missy!

Amanda Ritter

says:

Love the typewriter idea! My girls love “hang-man”.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Great idea, Amanda! Hangman would be a fun way to review.

Savannah

says:

Fun ideas. Going to try with my struggling speller!

Lindsey M

says:

I’ve been working with my daughter to learn the alphabet in ASL so she can sign the words during review. She is loving it!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

What a great way to make reviewing more activity and fun, Lindsey! Thank you for sharing this idea.

Chelsey Jackson

says:

Thanks for the ideas!

Mollie Gandy

says:

I loved AAR this year and will use AAS next! Great ideas

Evangeline L

says:

These are great ideas!!!

Rachna

says:

Thanks for these great tips!

Josanne Kemp

says:

Awesome ideas in this post!.. I’ll be using a couple of these

Seren

says:

I have just bought this. Hope it comes quickly

Jennifer

says:

Really awesome 👏 ideas! Thx!

Amy Moore

says:

Thanks for the ideas!

Brianna

says:

Great ideas!!

Danielle Fisher

says:

So many great ideas, love it!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thanks, Danielle!

Susan Campbell

says:

Thank you so much for the great ideas.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Susan!

Emily Hamil

says:

Great ideas! My kids love using dry erase marks on the windows.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Emily,
Somehow the idea of writing on windows for school is a big hit with many students! I’m glad your students also enjoy this way to review.

Andrea

says:

These are fun, great ideas!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Glad you like them, Andrea!

Laura

says:

love the typewriter idea!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Laura!

Cherry

says:

Thank you very much for all the ideas. It inspires me a lot.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Cherry!

Sarah Oyoumick

says:

Thank you for all the suggestions and ideas to get our children engaged in their learning.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Sarah!

laura h

says:

My daughter is a kinesthetic learner and these games have saved many a school day. The issue our family is having now is my son who is in third grade and not as easily amused. Any recommendations on games that might be good for kids with a bigger level gap?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Good question, Laura.

Some kids actually prefer the “boring” just-get-it-done approach to review. They would very much rather just spell on paper or do the flashcards than play games or do activities. These kids often have their own fun planned and just want to get to it sooner!

Otherwise, here are some ideas that many older children have enjoyed that can work with younger children too. Just have each review from their own cards:

– We have several free downloads you can use for spelling review–check out the popcorn party, pirate ship, drag race, and other spelling games.

– Sort Word Cards into piles such as nouns and adjectives or verbs and adverbs. Draw a card from each pile and make up random dictation phrases that way. You can end up with some funny phrases like “green bobcat” or “playful mailbox.” You could also let your student draw and read a card from each pile, and then have you write a phrase. Many kids enjoy the back and forth.

– Incorporate tactile and kinesthetic ideas to make review more fun. Marie has lots of great ideas in this article. Things like writing on a whiteboard, using a dry or wet erase marker on a window or mirror, writing with gel pens on black paper, going outside with sidewalk chalk, creating a special spelling notebook with artwork and stickers can also make spelling more fun.

– Use a favorite board game like Sorry. Each player spells a word or answers a card before taking his or her turn. If you have a Trivial Pursuit game, you can substitute the various spelling cards (red, blue, yellow, green) for the types of categories in the game.

– One of our AAS customers sent us a link to her free Spelling Battleship game.

– A favorite with my own older children was to spell with Junior Scrabble Cheese-Its! The student spells a word with the alphabet crackers and gets to eat the crackers if the word is correct.

– Using rewards like a mini Hershey bar for so many words spelled or M&M’s at the end of each dictation phrase or sentence.

– Kaboom! Write the word BOOM on several blank Word Cards. Mix up all your Word Cards and scatter them face down in a pile on the table. Players take turns selecting and reading cards from the pile, and the other person spells the word. If a player spells a word correctly, he keeps the card. If he misses a card, put it back in the pile. If a player picks up a BOOM card, he has to return all his cards to the pile. Play continues until all the cards have been collected.

Snowball game. Practice phonograms with the snowball game, or use Nerf darts instead. Tape phonogram cards to the wall for your student to “shoot” as he reads them.

– Use an online word search puzzle maker to create your own word search puzzle using your child’s spelling words.

– Flip the card: spell the word cards and then try to throw each into a hat or box. Vary the distance if it’s too easy/hard.

– Hockey or Soccer: one mom told us, “I tape cards all around our fence and have the boys kick a ball towards them. Whichever card they hit, they have to spell. We have also adapted this for hockey and basketball. Anything to keep the boys moving!”

– Set up a points system and give your student a small prize when he reaches 100 points. For example, you might give your student a point for every correct word spelled during each lesson time. Or, combine the system with phonogram card review too, for more chances to earn points. (My son used to make up her own points system, just to try to beat a previous high point score.)

I hope this gives you ideas.

Angel Tippit

says:

Are the AAR and AAS cards the same or do I have to have both sets?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Angel,
No, the All About Reading and All About Spelling cards are not the same. The Student Packets for both programs are necessary to do both programs.

Carletta Jones

says:

I think this is very creative and exciting for students to have this way of practicing reading and spelling. Thanks