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12 Great Ways to Review Reading Word Cards

8 Great Ways to Review Reading Word Cards - All About Reading

Let’s face it. Daily review can be, well…boring. But regular review is one of the most important factors in retaining and recalling previously taught material. In other words, review makes learning stick! That’s why daily review of the Word Cards in All About Reading helps children master what they’re learning—permanently.

If reviewing the Word Cards has become a chore for you and your child, you have full permission to get creative and make them fun again! Practice sessions can become another part of the lessons that your child looks forward to.

The activities below are specifically geared toward use with All About Reading Word Cards, but if you’re looking for ideas for reviewing spelling words, check out 10 Great Ways to Review Spelling Word Cards as well!

12 Great Ways to Review Reading Word Cards!

8 Great Ways to Review Word Cards - All About Learning Press

Create a Life-Sized Game Board

Make a big circle on the floor with a pile of upside-down Word Cards. Each player throws a pair of dice and moves that number of spaces around the circle, counting each card as he steps on it. If the player can read the card he stops on, he keeps the card. If he can’t read it, he puts the card back. Keep rolling the dice and moving around the circle until all the cards have been collected.

8 Great Ways to Review Word Cards - All About Learning Press

Get Moving!

For this game you’ll need an exercise ball and a long hallway. Put a pile of Word Cards upside-down at the far end of the hallway. When you say go, have your child roll down the hall, pick up a card, and try to read it. If he reads it correctly, he runs back to the starting position with the ball and the card. If he can’t read the card, he must put it back in the pile. Continue the game until your child has correctly read all the words.

8 Great Ways to Review Word Cards - All About Learning Press

Build a Word Card City

Create a city in your living room by arranging the Word Cards face down on the floor and furniture so that every Word Card is a building. Have your child drive around the city, reading the word as he arrives at each building. If he reads a word correctly, turn that card face up. The game continues until all the cards have been turned face up.

8 Great Ways to Review Word Cards - All About Learning Press

Make Your Words Go 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. If a player reads a card correctly, he keeps the card. If he misses a card, he puts 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. (Shared by Pam B. at Ed Snapshots.)

8 Great Ways to Review Word Cards - All About Learning Press

Get Some Exercise

Place one or two Word Cards face up on each step of your staircase. Have your child stand at the bottom of the staircase. Say a word aloud and have your child hop up the stairs until he locates the matching Word Card. Have your child read the word. If he has found the correct card, he keeps the card. If it’s the wrong card, he leaves it on the step. Play continues until all the Word Cards have been found.

8 Great Ways to Review Word Cards - All About Learning Press

Enjoy Some “Color-By-Word” Fun

Find a coloring book with big pictures that have large coloring spaces. Write the day’s Word Card words in the spaces. Point to a word (or give oral instructions for finding the word, such as “find the word in the grass”) and have your child read it. If the word is read correctly, the child colors in the space. Keep playing until all the words have been read and the entire picture has been colored.

8 Great Ways to Review Word Cards - All About Learning Press

Bounce a Beach Ball

Write each of your review words on a plastic beach ball using a dry erase marker. Toss the beach ball back and forth. When your child catches the ball, have him read the word his hand is closest to. If he reads it correctly, erase the word. Play continues until all the words have been erased. (Idea shared by Marlo on Facebook.)

8 Great Ways to Review Word Cards - All About Learning Press

Go On an Adventure

Use your imagination and your Word Cards to create your own amazing adventure. Here is Harley’s adventure: “The evil Nightmare Moon has captured sweet Twilight and Rainbow Dash! Now Harley must traverse the treacherous Word Road in order to save them! Can he read the words and thwart the frightful filly, or will his pony friends be in perpetual peril?(Shared by @craftynotcreative via Instagram.)

8 Great Ways to Review Word Cards - All About Learning Press

Read Word Cards—with a “Twist”!

This one is a ton of fun—for teacher and student! Place Word Cards in various circles of a Twister game mat. Play the game as usual, but with a “twist”. Before your child can claim a space, he has to correctly read the card on the spot. It’s reading practice and P.E. all at the same time! (Shared by Shawna at Not the Former Things.)

8 Great Ways to Review Word Cards - All About Learning Press

Pop Some Bubble Wrap

This one is bound to be a favorite! Place a large piece of bubble wrap on the floor and place Word Cards in rows on the bubble wrap. Have your child read the words. Once he has read a word correctly he gets to stomp on the card. Then the bubble wrap does what bubble wrap does. Hey…it’s bubble wrap. What’s not to love? (Shared by Shawna at Not the Former Things.)

8 Great Ways to Review Word Cards - All About Learning Press

Achieve New Heights!

This super fun idea came from a 7-year old fan! Do you have a balcony? Or maybe a second story window? I hope you’re not afraid of heights, because you’ll need a high spot for this one. Even standing on a chair or step stool will work. Once you’ve found your high spot, drop the Word Cards, one at a time, and have your child catch the cards as they float down. After he reads the card, drop the next one. (Shared by Melinda via Facebook.)

8 Great Ways to Review Word Cards - All About Learning Press

Create a Word Web!

Tape a web of string to the walls of a narrow hallway. Attach word cards (or phonogram cards) to the string with bobby pins or small clothes pins. Players make their way through the web, selecting cards and reading them aloud as they go. If a word is missed, reattach it to the web. Have your student continue through the web until all words have been read correctly. (Shared by Jill via AAR & AAS Facebook Support Group.)

Ideas for Reviewing Word Cards, Recommended by Our Readers

  • Play “beat the teacher.” Show flashcards one at a time. If your child knows the word, the card goes in his pile. If he doesn’t know it, it goes in your pile. Whoever finishes with the biggest pile wins. (Recommended by Jill R. via Facebook)
  • Put all your words into a PowerPoint presentation, one word on each slide. The reader is allowed to advance the slide after she reads a word correctly. (Recommended by @szimbelman100 via Instagram)
  • Write the words on a glass door/window in dry erase, and let your child read the words and shoot them with a Nerf gun. (Recommended by Kelly B. via blog comment)
  • Use a favorite board and/or card game to review Word Cards. Before each turn the child has to read one or two of his review Word Cards – to gain an extra turn he can spell a word that he’s mastered. (Recommended by Rachel W. via blog comment)
  • Take groups of Word Cards and hide them around the room. After your child finds a few, have him read them and then hunt for some more! (Recommended by Leah via blog comment)
  • Play tic-tac-toe! I make a 3×3 grid of cards and we take turns reading a card and placing a colored token on it. My son added the rule that reading a “Leap Word” card earns an extra turn. (Recommended by Andrea R. via Facebook)
  • My son likes to fish, so we have used his fake fishing pole (a Swiffer extender rod with rope on the end) or lasso to “catch” flash cards strewn about on the ground. (Recommended by Tara via blog comment)
  • Post Word Cards on a fence and let your child whack them with a foam sword as he reads them correctly. (Recommended by Penny via blog comment)
  • I tape cards all around our fence and have the boys kick a ball towards them. Whichever card they hit, they have to read. We have also adapted this for hockey and basketball. Anything to keep the boys moving! (Recommended by Stacy via blog comment)
  • During warm weather play “word splat.” Write words on the bricks on the side of the house, pick a word and she throws a splat ball or a wet sponge at the word. (Recommended by Marguerite via blog comment)
  • My son likes to play charades using the review Word Cards. (Recommended by Michelle I. via blog comment)
  • Practice reading cards that are hidden around the house. We play “cold or hot” until he finds one. If he reads it correctly then he gets to check it off the master list. Once all are found and he successfully read each one, he gets to pick a fun book for me to read to him or board game to play. (Recommended by Christina via blog comment)
  • My daughter loves stories. So I make up a story as she goes through the Word Cards. I pause for her to read the next Word Card to continue the story, trying not to make it predictable. I just make the stories up on the fly, and it can make for some pretty crazy ones, which she loves! (Recommended by Jennifer via blog comment)

After you practice Word Cards, why not review compound words? Our free downloadable Banana Splits Game offers fun for practice students of all reading levels.

Banana Splits Game

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Isabel Chu

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Love all the ideas that can help make reading fun!

Malia

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These are all really great ideas to break up some of the monotony of schooling. Thank you!

Erin W

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This has reminded me how much my kids learn with AAS and why we need to continue to consistently use the program! I have been a little lax for a while and it’s time to dive back in:)

Michelle A

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I like the color by word option, and the bubble wrap option. My kids love both of those things, I wouldn’t of thought of turning bubble wrap into learning! Thanks!

Ammie

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Thanks for these amazing ideas! My little kids and big kids will all love these, especially the exercise ball and beach ball games, and the bubble wrap stomp game.

Megan

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Great ideas. My kids definitely get bird with the monotony of review but these ideas could help!

Jennifer

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These are awesome! Looking forward to trying some of these ideas!

Raquel

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My daughter is leaning very fast using this program I can’t believe how happy she is with it.

Raquel

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My daughter just started on this program and she’s already identifying the words around town. 😊

Pedie

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Hi thank you so much for the great ideas if only I had have known about these fun learning games earlier when my eldest son was learning to read this would have totally worked for him!!!

Nicole

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Really great ideas

Svetlana

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I like all of these ideas! Thank you!

Robin E.

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You’re so welcome, Svetlana!

neetz

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i find when we add activity like jumping into learning our words they stick better

Leia

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The kicking the ball against a fence idea will be *great* for my reluctant reader!!

Robin E.

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I think the outdoor review ideas are among the most exciting for many kids, Leia!

Daniel Peavy

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I love this! Thanks for the great ideas! Boom is the new Uno!

Katelyn Rocha

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I LOVE all of these ideas. We love practicing sight words but it’s more fun when you do it this way!
I think the word web would be a great idea this next few weeks before Halloween 💕

Robin E.

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Katelyn,
These ideas are not just for sight words. They are for practicing reading words easily and quickly even if they need to be sounded out.

I’m glad you like the ideas!

DeLaura

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I love all these great ideas! We’ve used some and they certainly make lessons more engaging and fun for both the kids and I. Thank you for sharing!

Robin E.

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Thank you for letting us know that some of these ideas have helped review be engaging and fun for your kids and you, DeLaura!

Dayla

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We have been using this curriculum since we started homeschooling over a year ago. My 10 year old daughter whom has dyslexia really responded to the bright colors, engaging activities, and fun stories.

Robin E.

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Great to hear, Dayla! I’m very pleased to know that homeschooling has gone well for your daughter over this last year and we have had a part of that.

Beth patterson

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these R GREAT IDEAS

Andi

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These are great ideas- simple, but not like other typical lists that you see over and over! Love the bubble wrap idea!

Robin E.

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Thank you, Andi! We tried to keep our ideas fresh, so they are something to make reviewing exciting. And bubble wrap is the best!

Cheryl

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Some great ideas here. Thanks

Tracy Allen

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looks like fun

Larose

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Great Tips. Thank you!

Serena

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I love the active ideas.

Elizabeth Bush

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I love these resources! I’m always looking for new ways to to make learning fun. I can’t wait to pull out the bubble wrap and let the excitement begin!

Robin E.

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Yes, the bubble wrap one is great fun, Elizabeth! 😊

Jessica

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I’m so glad I found this program! Love all the free resources you offer as well.

Whitley

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I had no idea there was anything like this to go along with our all about reading level 1 I’m so excited to start implementing some of these activities

Robin E.

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I’m glad you found this then, Whitley!

We have lots of ideas for fun reviewing on the blog. Have you seen our How to Teach Phonograms post? It has four printable games to play to review phonogram sounds.

April Cullen

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I love the movement involved with these strategies. Movement is such an important aspect of learning!

Robin E.

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We agree, April. Movement helps make learning more fun too!

Lisa Wernich

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All wonderful, inventive idea’s to keep fun in learning.

Robin E.

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Thank you, Lisa!

Lauren

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I have heard so many wonderful things about AAS & AAR! My children have enjoyed playing all of the different games we play using the program.

Robin E.

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Great to hear your children enjoy the games, Lauren!

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