Make Spelling Fun by Writing with Cotton Swabs

Sometimes all it takes is switching out the pencil for another tool to make spelling fun.

With today’s idea, we used cotton swabs and paint to write out all our spelling words.

Make spelling fun by putting the pencil aside and grabbing something fun to write with, like this activity to write spelling words with cotton swabs.

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How to set-up:

All you need are some cotton swabs, paint, and paper. The colorful construction paper makes it even more fun, but isn’t necessary.

Put a little bit of paint on a plastic lid or other similar flat container so that it’s easier to dip the cotton swabs.

Grab your list of spelling words and you’re ready to go.

Make spelling fun by putting the pencil aside and grabbing something fun to write with, like this activity to write spelling words with cotton swabs.

It’s time to make spelling fun!

Have your child use the cotton swab and paint to write all their words.

The handwriting won’t be neat and tidy. It will most likely be big and sloppy. But, that’s not the point. Just the act of forming the letters will help them remember their spelling words.

Let them have fun! If your child wants to get artistic, let them.

If they want to make big block letters, let them.

And if they want to make it swirly and colorful, let them.

The more fun it is, the more willing your kids will be to practice their spelling words.

The next time that spelling list comes home, make spelling fun by putting the pencil aside and grabbing the cotton swabs and paint instead.

You may also like one of these ways to make spelling fun:

Fun Spelling Practice with Dry Beans

Watercolor Resist Spelling Words

Make Spelling Words with Letter Stamps

Car Word Tracing

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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