I made this bright and colorful printable spelling game to use with my Six.
Printable spelling game
Directions for Use:
2) Mount the two pieces of paper on colorful construction paper. Tape in the back. Then cover with clear contact paper.
OR… if you have access to a large laminator, mount the pieces on construction paper and run the game through!
3) Make your own cards with dimensions a little larger than 2 x 3 inches OR print the blank cards on pages 4-6 of the download. Write one spelling word on each card.
Directions for Play:
1) You’ll need playing pieces, a die, playing cards, and paper and pencil (optional).
2) Take turns reading the top card to the other player. The other player must spell the word correctly to be able to roll the die and advance. Optional: The other speller can write the word and then read the spelling aloud. This might be the best option for young spellers.
3) The first to reach Finish, wins!
My daughter and I have played this game several times. I think it’s a winner for younger kids (K-3) because:
1) It’s big and colorful.
2) It’s easy to play.
3) It doesn’t take long.
Initially, I had my daughter spell all the words out loud. This proved hard for her – even though she can spell most of them correctly on paper, she would mix up the letters when spelling aloud. So I gave her a little notebook to write the words first.
I’m not the type of mom to purposefully let my kids win at games. However, my daughter quickly caught on that I had an unfair advantage in this game. “You spell every word right!” So I decided that when I rolled the numbers 4, 5, or 6 on the die, I would only advance 1, 2, or 3 spaces. This pacified my daughter!
I hope you can use this game! I’d love to hear from you in the comments if you find it useful.
Thank you! This will work great with my 1st and 2nd grade class!
You’re welcome, Lynn!
Great game! I could use it at home or as a station at school. At school, I would mount on a file folder. Reader would have to check answers of other students. This would help parents playing against kids too. Parents can purposely spell the word wrong. If reader (student) can catch and correct mistake, speller (parent) cannot advance.
Thanks for the great resource and for making it accessible!
I’m glad you have a way to make this work for you, Joy!
Thanks for the great game! It’s so simple and clever. By getting the kids to read the spelling cards to each I can check their spelling and pronunciation with the same activity. With teaching English as a second language I always feel their is not enough time to get in spelling and pronunciation practice in 1 lesson.
Woops there not their. It has been a long day.
You’re very welcome, Casey! I’m so glad this will work for your English language learners!
Love this idea for a game. I definitely think I’m going to use this game for my student teaching. I have one question. My second graders only have 10-15 spelling words, so I am wondering how you made the template for the board. Did you do it in Microsoft Word or how did you make it?
Hello, Carolin! This was one of my first printables, so I probably made it in MS Word. For a while I made things in Publisher, and now I create all my freebies in Power Point.
thanks. very generous of you to share. volunteer with struggling readers at Title I school. they love it
I’m glad to hear you can use my resources, Scott!
Thank you for your emails . I’m a 71 years young Grandfather, Living in regional Far North Queensland Australia.
Our Heavenly Father has asked me to educate my Grandson Jamie aged 7
I just love your attitude, and enjoyed your brief autobiography, about a month ago.
I don’t own a computer! and my access to the net is via a Samsung galaxy s4 smartphone, I believe you call them cell phones. I have a wireless laser printer, that I connect to my phone,”if and when they decide to talk to one another,” ‘but when they do, its in black and white. ‘ ”
Anyway I Just wanted to say hello, and encourage you, in the name of our blessed YAHWEH.
Thank you for your note, Tom, and blessings as you teach your grandson! 7 years old can be such a fun age. 🙂
You could also have separate stacks of cards with harder words for older kids and easier words for younger kids, and use them at the same time. Older kids draw from the harder stack and younger kids draw from the easier stack.
Yes, that’s a great way to make the game multi-age. Thanks for sharing!
This looks like a great yet simple way of practicing spelling and reading!
Thanks for checking it out, Aisha!
What an awesome printable Ana! I buffered to share across social media =)
Thanks for linking up to TGIF! I hope you pop over and link up again today. Have a GREAT weekend
I’m there – and thanks so much for sharing this, Beth!
I love this! Thanks so much! I struggle with being consistent with my boys’ spelling lists so maybe this will help me! 🙂
Games are always a helpful addition – makes spelling practice much less dreary :). Thanks for stopping by, Tara!
I love this!! Thanks for sharing at Share It Saturday this week!
You’re welcome, Karyn!
Thank you so much for this little game. It really makes spelling practice fun!
So glad you like it, MJ!
Ness @ One Perfect Day
Such a bright and fun game. I’ve featured this post on my Tuesday Tots round up this week. Thanks for linking up.
Thank you so much for the feature!