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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 11 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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Katy Hendrix

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This has been life changing for my third grader who struggles so bad with spelling. I’ve watched him become so confident using this program!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Katy,
Thank you so much for sharing your son’s success with spelling. Here’s to years of confident spelling!

Melissa

says:

Love all the ideas, going to try some with my daughter who has a tough time with spelling.

Beth

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Love the typewriter! Have a child who struggles with spelling who recently bought an antique one from an author with his own money!!! Going to utilize this idea in his daily spelling lesson!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Beth,
What fun! I’d guess that he would be willing to happily review much longer than usual while using his new old typewriter too!

Michelle Coker

says:

Love all the ideas, but especially the old typewriter.

Danette

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So glad to have a way to explicitly teach spelling that my son actually enjoys! I’mlooking fforward to starting the process with my younger children as well. Thank-you!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Danette,
You are welcome. It’s great to hear your son enjoys spelling, because that makes it all the more wonderful to teach.

Tiffany Boles

says:

Great ideas! I love these!

Jen

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Just started with this program and love it so far!

Denise stahl

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These are great ideas!!

Ginger

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Fantastic ideas! Now I need to go buy some alphabet cereal. :)

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Ginger,
Another great snacky review idea is Junior Scrabble Cheeze-Its. I pick up a box just for spelling review whenever Nabisco crackers go on sale.

Michelle Lipscomb

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I need to start reading the blog. I think it will really help me keep to the program better.

Kathryn

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Our favorite spelling method hands down!

Shelia

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We do a Spell-A-Thon every time all 3 kids (ages 9, 6, and 5) finish their Step at the same time. The little ones like the challenge of trying to spell words they don’t know with rules and concepts they’ve already learned; and, the oldest likes to show off his spelling skills.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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A Spell-A-Thon! Great idea for multiple student review, Sheila. Thanks for sharing it.

Olga Romero

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I love the fun spelling ideas and activity’s . Kids don’t get bored that easily.

Carol

says:

All of this sounds great! My son would be in the beginner program.

Lisa

says:

great ideas!

Christy

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I create a reading or spelling jeopardy games. My son has categories of words like “words with short a”, “words with short o”, etc. There are point values assigned up to 50 points for each category. If he reaches a certain number of points, he gets a certain amount of candy. (to be determined by mom) He can even play for levels of candy…1…2..3..or four pieces. Works great with younger kiddos. We also have competitions to see who can read the word the fastest or spell it the fastest. Of course, I can spell or read the word faster but he doesn’t know that. :)

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Christy,
What fun! Spelling game shows! Thanks for sharing this idea.

Sarah Whitaker

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We use AAR and AAS for my homeschooled kindergartener, and she is flourishing! This program is wonderful. I love the detailed instructions and fun activity book. She picked up reading quite quickly, and this program really engages her.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Thank you for sharing your daughter’s success with us, Sarah!

Suzy

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When we review spelling word cards, my son enjoys it more when I give him a clue and he has to guess what the word is before spelling it. For example, if the spelling word card is “stop”, I might say, “What is the opposite of go?” Or if the word card is “blue”, I might say, “This word is the color of the sky”.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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This would add another level of enjoyment into plan old review. Thanks for sharing this idea, Suzy!

Melinda

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I just started using AAR level 1 with my oldest daughter. I love it, and I plan on using the pre-reading with my youngest this year. My oldest daughter is dyslexic and ADHD. So far no other program has worked. In just a couple of weeks she has improved greatly and enjoys learning to read now. We have made up lots of games to practice her fluency words, and she will now ask me to play the games of her own free will. It is great to see her enjoying learning to read instead of tears, and frustration. Costumer service with AAR is amazing also. I live in Canada and do not have long distance to the states. I had a couple of questions about the program when I first started, but I couldn’t call them. I sent them an email asking if someone could contact me, as I needed a little help. Right away, someone called me and was able to answer all my questions and much more. Thank you so much. I plan to use all their AAR levels and also their AAS levels.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Melinda,
It’s great to hear that your daughter is doing so well so quickly! And thank you for your kind words about our customer service. I will be sharing this with the entire AALP team!

Laura Stephenson

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These review ideas are just what we need to make spelling more fun!

K. Smith

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Have the child line up five or six of her dolls or stuffed animals. Have her then tell you their names (if you don’t know them already). Announce that the spelling bee will begin. Ask the first doll or stuffed animal, by name, to spell the first word. The child speaks for the doll/stuffed animal, spelling the word for them. Continue in the fashion of a spelling bee, until you have a doll/stuffed animal winner. The pressure is off her to get it right because the doll “is spelling, not her” and the doll is “the one who has to sit down”, not her, when she misspells a word.

Suzy

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I love this idea and am looking forward to trying it with my son, who loves animals. I was thinking it might work well with plastic dinosaurs, Lego figures, Halo figures, etc. Thanks so much for sharing this!

K. Smith

says:

Have the child line up five or six of her dolls or stuffed animals. Have her then tell you their names (if you don’t know them already). Announce that the spelling bee will begin. Ask the first doll or stuffed animal, by name, to spell the first word. The child speaks for the doll/stuffed animal, spelling the word fo them. Continue in the fashion of a spelling bee, until you have a doll/stuffed animal winner. The pressure is off her to get it right because the doll “is spelling, not her” and “the doll is the one who has to sit down”, not her, when she misspells a word.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Oh, this is a GREAT idea! This would be hugely fun. Thank you for sharing it.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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My boys were gone this morning for a Boy Scout thing, so I had extra one-on-one time with my daughter. I decided to try your spelling bee out, and she loved it! Ralph, Clair, Alice, Molly, Big Ralph, and Lily all participated (a Cabbage Patch, an 18″ doll, a plastic horse, a stuffed poodle, a large panda, and a tiny panda, respectively), and Lily won!

This was a LOT of fun and my daughter was happy to review a lot longer than usual. Thank you again for sharing this idea.

Sandra

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Thank you for these great ideas. I’m excited to start implementing a few. I know my daughter will love them.

Maria

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I thought I left a message already but I am excited to try out some of these suggestions! Thanks!

Joy Slater

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Just wanted to add that my daughter, who is not a natural speller is greatly improving by using the keyboard. I would like to try a spelling program though to see if that help spelling to become more automatic to her.

Jeanine

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Great ideas, thanks!

My kids also love to play spelling tic-tac-toe. I give them words at their respective levels. If they spell 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. This pretty well evens the playing field as my oldest is a struggling speller and gets to “steal” with his sister’s easier words and my daughter is a natural speller and has to stretch to his higher level if she’s going to steal a space. If my youngest plays, she can steal by spelling a word at her own level.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Jeanine,
Thanks for sharing this! I especially appreciate how you adapted the game to your student’s individual needs and abilities.

Dawn

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Draw a grid on a piece of paper with about twenty boxes. Roll a dice. Read a spelling word and if the child spells it right, they get to go that many spaces forward on the ‘board’. The child can use a favorite small toy as a ‘token’. If they get the word wrong, they have to go back that many spaces. Can be played with more than one child at a time. Whoever gets to the end first wins!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Fun idea, Dawn! Thanks for the idea.

I’m hoping some of these tips will work for my children while they practice for the spelling bee.

Jessica

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Great ideas, thank you! I’m always looking for ways to bring fun into our day, I get stuck on our school to do lists and forget to add in some fun! I’m going to hunt up and old typewriter, my girls would LOVE that! So would my one year old son 😉 !

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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I know, right?! My kids would love a typewriter. Have fun, Jessica!

Keenya

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Great ideas to make learning fun!

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