Our children receive so many worksheets at school that it’s hard to get them excited about using more of them to practice spelling words. So I’ve created a fun game that’s simple and interactive. Your child will have a great time using a fly swatter to swat their spelling words written on these adorable bug cards.
Print out one or two sets of cards, laminate, and personalize with dry-erase markers, writing your child’s spelling words. One set contains 12 cards.
How to Play This Spelling Game
I’ve tutored a lot of children over the years, including my own. This game gets rave reviews every time, and there are a variety of ways you can use it.
- Arrange the bug cards on a table in any order, and call out a spelling word from your child’s school list. Your child then finds the word written on the front of the card, spells it back to you correctly, and then swats the word. Or they can swat it right away if that’s more fun, but they only get to keep the card if they spell the word correctly. You can also have them use it correctly in a sentence or tell you what it means.
- Play a matching game with words written on the blank sides. Have your child swat each set of two until all matches are found.
- Print two sets of bugs. This options is especially helpful for longer lists of spelling words and is especially tricky because matching bugs doesn’t necessarily mean matching words.
- Let your child write their own spelling words with the markers. Then scramble the cards and let them swat as they spell.
- Focus on just one word. Write one letter per card. Maybe add a couple of extra letters. Scramble, and let your child identify the correct order, swatting as they go.
Each set of 12 spelling game insect cards is available for instant download through my etsy shop. I have experimented ahead of time, printing mine through a local print shop for optimal color and quality. They print beautifully and are ready for you to print at home or otherwise.
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