Get outside and practice spelling skills with a backyard game your whole family will love! In our August blog post, we share a quick and easy tutorial for making jumbo alphabet letters that kids can use to spell words Scrabble-style on the lawn. Read on to find out more.
The summer may be winding down, but that doesn't mean the fun or the learning have to! This backyard spelling activity is perfect for late summer days and will help little ones practice basic spelling skills in preparation for the upcoming school year. Get the whole family involved and take turns practicing spelling with giant-sized letter tiles.
You only need a few supplies to make jumbo spelling tiles. Pick up these items at your local craft store or dollar store, or improvise with items you already have at home:
Choose a heavy-weight cardstock for your spelling tiles. Then decide how you'd like to apply the alphabet letters. You could print out a single alphabet letter per sheet of cardstock. Otherwise, you could simply draw them on with a black marker. If you really want to get fancy, you could use a letter stencil to paint the letters onto the cardstock. Make enough alphabet letter tiles to spell a variety of words. You can make the same number of letters used in a game of Scrabble, if you wish:
A-9, B-2, C-2, D-4, E-12, F-2, G-3, H-2, I-9, J-1, K-1, L-4, M-2, N-6, O-8, P-2, Q-1, R-6, S-4, T-6, U-4, V-2, W-2, X-1, Y-2, Z-1 (Optional: Blanks-2)
If you aren't planning to play an actual game of Scrabble and this seems like too many letters for the purpose of your spelling activity, feel free to scale back some of the letters, especially the vowels.
Although we recommend using the alphabet letter tiles on a clear day when the grass is dry and there is little or no wind, you can opt to use lawn pins or small stones to help keep the alphabet letter tiles in place throughout the game if there is a slight breeze.
Now it's time to practice spelling with your jumbo alphabet letter tiles!
Here are some ideas:
These are just a few of the many ways your little ones can practice early literacy skills with jumbo alphabet letters!
For more inspiration, check out the Super Teacher Worksheets Spelling Collection, Phonics Collection, Sight Word Units, and Word Family Units.
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