Make Words with Alphabet Clothespins

Practicing spelling words doesn’t always have to require writing them in one way or the other. Today we’re going to give our fine motor skills a workout and use alphabet clothespins to build our words.

This does take a bit of prep time initially, but once you’ve made a set of alphabet clothespins, you can use them for spelling words and sight words all year long.

Use a set of alphabet clothespins to practice spelling words, sight words, and word families. They're easy to make and fun to use.

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How to make your alphabet clothespins

To prep this activity, you need some plain wooden clothespins, Sharpies, and index cards.

Write each letter of the alphabet on your clothespins. You’ll want to include some letters more than once, such as your vowels and popular letters.

Take a peek through the spelling list to make sure you don’t need any letter more than 2 times. If so, you’ll want to include those extra letters.

Also, write each spelling word on an index card.

Tip: Keep some extra clothespins on hand so that it’s easy to make some more alphabet clothespins in case you ever need them.

Use a set of alphabet clothespins to practice spelling words, sight words, and word families. They're easy to make and fun to use.

Use your alphabet clothespins for spelling practice

Have your child choose an index card and make the word by clipping the alphabet clothespins on the index card. Unless you’ve made a whole pile of alphabet clothespins, your child will need to then remove the clothespins before moving on to the next word.

Tip: Store the clothespins and index cards in a bag or basket so that it’s easy to access for your child. I have a feeling they will love practicing their spelling words this way!

Alphabet clothespins are a fun way to practice spelling words and give your fine motor skills a workout at the same time.

Use a set of alphabet clothespins to practice spelling words, sight words, and word families. They're easy to make and fun to use.

You may also like one of these fun spelling ideas:

Letter Stamps and Play Dough

Pipe Cleaner Words

Pin Prick Words

Make Words with Dry Beans

Buy the 31 Ways to Practice Spelling Words Ebook

You can purchase a printable form of this book for $7.50 The book is designed to print and turn into a half-page size booklet. It’s perfect to keep at your homework station. Your kids can flip through and find a fun way to practice their spelling words.

The ideas will be convenient and ready to use. No need to turn on the computer every day for ideas.

Most activities require little to no prep time. And, if you make sure you have all the supplies on the Master Supply List (included in the book) on hand, you’ll be able to do any of these fun spelling word ideas any time.

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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her at Better Than Homework where she shares fun learning activities or Creative Family Fun where she shares art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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