Learning to spell can be fun! Here are a couple super simple games to practice spelling words and sight word recognition.
Hands-on activities are definitely more fun than worksheets! And they can be simple yet reinforce so many skills!
Try the following word games for kids to practice spelling words, sight words, and uppercase and lowercase letter recognition.
Preparing the Games to Practice Spelling Words & Sight Words
I started by writing words on a sheet of computer paper.
I chose to focus on word families and wrote words that ended with “-at”, “-ed”, and “-an”.
Practicing the word families makes learning how to read so much easier!
I wrote each of the words twice. One time in all uppercase letters and a second time in all lowercase letters.
I spaced the letters out a little, so I could cut them apart later.
TIP: The words could be typed instead. If they are typed, though, you may want to use a font such as Comic Sans MS that shows the lowercase ‘a’ like a handwritten lowercase ‘a’.
I wanted two copies of each of the pages, so I used my copier to copy them.
But you do not need to have a copier to do this! The words can easily be handwritten again or just printed twice if typed on the computer.
Then, I cut out the words.
Scavenger Hunt Game to Practice Sight Words and Match Uppercase to Lowercase
I randomly placed only the “-at” words around our living room.
Then, the word scavenger hunt began!
My daughter raced around the room gathering all of the words she could find.
She then piled them on the living room floor to sort through.
She matched each of the words together.
She realized she was missing a word, so she had to search a little more.
Since all of the words were part of the same word family (all “-at” endings), sounding out the words was a cinch!
It didn’t take long before it was time to move on to the next word family.
Trying this practice game multiple times (over the course of many days) reinforces the sight words.
Game to Practice Spelling Words
I didn’t want to just stop at sight words and uppercase/lowercase recognition, though.
It was time to use the same words for a hands-on spelling challenge.
I cut the extra copies of each of the words I had into separate letters.
This is a technique I’ve used for many spelling words for one of my daughters who has struggled with spelling.
Little ones can match the letters while looking at the words.
As their spelling skills increase, though, they can try to unscramble the letters without the word being shown.
I store one word in one sandwich bag.
When it’s time to practice spelling words, I place all of the sandwich bags with words in a large circle on the living room floor and the game begins.
My daughter dumps out each bag individually, unscrambles the letters, and then moves on to the next bag of letters as she sits in the middle of the circle.
Some days she likes to have a race and see how fast she can finish all of the spelling words.
Other days, she doesn’t rush as much.
When she says she is done unscrambling all of the words, I look at them to make sure they are all unscrambled correctly.
Once she has mastered those words, I recycle all of the papers and reuse the sandwich bags for the next list of spelling words.