Help kids practice spelling by involving their muscles. Traditional "look, cover, write, and check" spelling practice works for some kids, but not all. In this way, kids look at the printed word they are to learn, then cover it up and write the word from memory using paper and pencil. For some kids, however, this typical way is met with tears and tantrums. If you have struggling spellers, it may help to get their muscles in on the action. By doing so, it uses a different part of the brain and activates kinesthetic memory.

So, trade the tantrums for play dough, shaving cream, or stamps to practice your spelling list in a hands-on, active, and entertaining way. Get started with these super spelling tricks to help your kids learn each word on their weekly list.

Bounce it out. Use a basketball and bounce the ball as you say each letter in the word. You can also pass the ball back and forth with someone as you spell the word.

Jump it out. Use a jump rope and spell the word by saying each letter at each rope rotation.

Roll it out. Roll and form homemade play dough to make the letters in each word. For a readymade moldable option, try Playfoam® by Educational Insights. When your word is done, squeeze it, squash it, and spell another word!

Snap it out. Finger snapping is a great way to identify each letter as you spell a word. Another take on snapping is our Letter Construction Activity Set that has curved and straight plastic pieces that snap together to form letters. Either way, you're adding finger movements to the learning.

Stamp it out. Stomp your foot as you say each letter in the word. Or, for a quieter tabletop option, use Alphabet Stamps and a stamp pad. A third way to stamp it out is using letter blocks in play dough. Either way, kids are adding the compression of their muscles and joints to the learning process.

Stick it out. Use Magnetic Learning Letters on the fridge or metal cookie sheet. Using readymade letters allows you to move the letters farther apart or closer together to help with sounding out each word, or breaking it up into CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant), syllables, blends, digraphs, and more.

String it out. Use our Lacing Letters to form words. Colorful, plastic molded letters can be laced together to form spelling words.

Tap it out. Use your hand or wooden spoon to tap out each letter of the word as you spell it out loud.

Tape it out. Use masking tape, duct tape, or scotch tape to make the words with sticky strips on paper.

Twist it out. Bendable pipe cleaners are fun and fuzzy, and work really well to form letters.

Write it out. Adding finger strokes to the cognitive task of learning words helps kids form the letters. Try covering a cookie sheet with shaving cream and using your index finger to write the words.

Different kids learn in different ways, like visually, aurally, and kinesthetically. When you can identify your kids' strength in learning, use it to further their studies. For many kids, combining these learning styles deepens their understanding. This multisensory approach helps kids make different connections and improve their spelling skills. So don't let spelling struggles put a damper on learning. Squash it with play dough and try a different way to learn.

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