Spelling games for kids age 8

9 Fun Spelling Games For Kids That You Can Do At Home

If you think all spelling games are rigid and boring, think again! At HOMER, we’re all about building confident learners ready for school and life, and we believe this can be done in fun and exciting ways!

From sneaky switching letters to jumping across letter lily pads, we’ve selected our favorite spelling games to share with you to make your child’s spelling journey an enjoyable one.

In this article, we’ll break down the importance of spelling in early learning, including the stages of spelling development.

We’ll also tell you about nine fun, simple spelling games that you can play at home with minimal equipment required. Let’s get started!

Why Is Spelling Important In Early Learning?

Spelling development is a critical skill in early learning for many reasons.

Spelling is a lifelong skill that your child will use every day, no matter the career they choose later in life, so it’s important that we build strong, confident spellers from early childhood.

As children learn to spell and write with higher accuracy, it makes their writing easier to read — not only for the adults and peers in their lives but also for themselves. This increases confidence in children as spellers and writers.

Additionally, strengthening your child’s spelling abilities assists in both reading and writing skill development.

Phonetically reading and spelling are connected in that reading involves blending sounds into words and spelling involves separating sounds to write a word.

Taking advantage of this skill reversibility is a plus for early readers and will help your child simultaneously build skills in reading and spelling.

The Stages Of Spelling Development

The five stages of spelling development are the precommunicative stage, the semiphonetic stage, the phonetic stage, the transitional stage, and the correct stage.

Here’s a closer look at each of these stages.

Precommunicative Stage

The precommunicative stage is the first phase of spelling development. If your child falls into this group, they don’t yet understand letter-sound correspondence, which is the relationship between written and spoken language.

Children in the precommunicative stage also haven’t yet grasped the difference between upper and lowercase letters, and they may not know the entire alphabet. But that doesn’t mean they’re not trying to learn those letters.

At this stage, children are usually scribbling. Sometimes those scribbles look very similar to our alphabet. Other times, not so much.

All this scribbling and letter learning helps prepare them for the next exciting stage!

Semiphonetic Stage

The big milestone of this stage is that a child begins to understand letter-sound correspondence.

Children arrive at this milestone by learning how to connect written letters to the sounds they make. For instance, for the letter “p,” they may say “puh” to indicate the sound it makes in words.

Another interesting element of this phase is that children may ignore vowels when spelling words. Instead of writing “because,” they may spell it as “bkz.” The child hears the /b/ and the /k/ but attributes the /k/ to K, not C, and the buzz sound for S, which is almost a Z sound.

While it can be tempting to try to correct your child, that shouldn’t be the focus at this stage. Instead, celebrate their progress because this phase won’t last long.

Phonetic Stage

You will notice further development of letter-sound correspondence at this stage. Your child will also show an improved understanding of consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) words, such as pan, bit, dog, cat, etc.

Children at this spelling stage will begin to understand letter chunks. This is when we connect more than one letter to create a specific sound. For example, ch, sh, br, etc.

The phonetic stage is a major milestone in your child’s spelling development. They are on their way to understanding the basic spelling rules of the English language!

Transitional Stage

Children show an improved ability to handle decodable and non-decodable words at this stage.

Decodable words follow the regular spelling rules and patterns of the English language. Therefore, it’s easier to sound them out when spelling. Non-decodable words are different because they don’t follow the regular patterns of our language (done instead of dun, was instead of wus, give instead of giv, etc.).

As your child’s phonetic instincts improve, they’ll get better at spelling decodable words by sounding them out.

When your child doesn’t know a word, they may rely on their ability and understanding of the structure of words. But they may still incorrectly spell some words. For example, they might spell “egul” instead of “eagle.”

Since non-decodable words (i.e., sight words) don’t follow regular patterns, children may eventually learn them through memorization.

Correct Stage

When your child has reached this stage, they understand the basic spelling rules of the English language. This includes dealing with silent vowels and consonants, prefixes and suffixes, and alternative and irregular spellings.

Children can comfortably handle many words at this phase and may even notice their own spelling mistakes.

With these stages in mind, the games we’ve selected below are geared toward children in the semiphonetic, phonetic, and transitional stages.

This means we’ll be focusing on developing your child’s skills in using consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) words, sight words, phonetic spelling, and letter-sound correspondences.

Keep reading to find out how to play our favorite spelling games!

9 Fun Spelling Games You Can Do At Home

Kindergarten Spelling Games

Throughout kindergarten, your child will begin to learn CVC words that are phonetically regular, such as bed, kid, top, and bug.

When choosing spelling games for your child in this age group, it’s best to stick to activities that include these types of words to build confidence and enhance what they’re learning at school.

Try out our favorites below!

1) Letter Switch

For this exercise, you’ll need letters written on post-it notes, magnetic letters, or some letters cut out from a magazine — whatever is most easily accessible for you.

Starting with a CVC word such as “cat”, have your child change out the first letter to create a new word, such as “pat”. It’s best to start with first-letter changes, as most children will find this the easiest way to learn.

Once your child becomes more familiar and confident with CVC words, you can increase the level of difficulty by having them change the last letters of the word (changing “pat” to “pan”, for example) and then introduce changing vowels, so “pan” becomes “pin”.

Start with a small goal — five correct letter changes equals a win, for example.

Eventually, as your child becomes stronger with their letter changes, you can increase the number of correct changes needed to win the game.

2) Create-A-Word

Start by gathering the post-it notes, magnetic letters, or cut-out letters that you would have used in our first game.

Pick out three letters in no particular order that create a CVC word, and then have your child create a word using the letters you’ve chosen.

If your child is having trouble spelling a word using the letters given, try first putting the vowel in place. This way, your child only needs to fill in the beginning and ending consonants.

Ready to increase the difficulty level of this game? Try picking out six letters and have your child spell out two words!

3) Visualize The Word

As we help our children with their spelling, it’s essential to help them visualize the words so that spelling really comes alive for them. Fortunately, spelling activities can make learning to spell creative and fun!

For this activity, you’ll need a few magazines, a pair of child-safe scissors, a glue stick, craft paper, a marker, and some crayons.

Start by introducing your child to a CVC word, like pan. Then, hand them the magazines and ask them to find the letters p, a, and n (you may want to help them look for larger words in the headlines or titles so that they’re easier to glue).

After finding these letters, have your child cut them out and paste them onto their craft paper. Once they’ve completed this, have them search for images of pans to add to their masterpiece.

Creating this art piece can help children focus on each letter individually, and the visual representations of the word may also help them remember what the term actually means.

First Grade Spelling Games

As your first grader is learning to solidify CVC words and phonetically spell words with beginning and ending consonant blends, it’s important to find spelling games that help reinforce these lessons.

We’ve chosen our favorite games to help your first grader reinforce phonetically regular words and memorize crucial sight words that aren’t phonetically regular. Take a look below!

4) Letter Removal

Using magnetic letters or a chalkboard, select and spell out three words that your child is learning to spell.

Have your child close their eyes and take away one letter from each word. Scramble up the removed letters and once your child opens their eyes, have them remake each word.

Once they’re an expert, try taking away two letters from each word, then three, and so on. You could also add in time limits once your child is ready so they can try to beat their personal best!

5) Poster Words

Using the Dolch Word List or your child’s writing, select a word that your child is often misspelling or would like to learn to spell.

For more advanced spellers, try selecting a few words at a time to watch their progress bloom!

On a sheet of paper or cardboard (one per word), draw five large checkboxes at the top and write the word in large bubble letters in the middle to create a poster.

Next, spend some time decorating the letters with colorful markers, stickers, glitter — anything you want!

Once per day, have your child spell out their chosen word without looking at the poster. Each time they’re able to spell it correctly, they get to add a giant check mark to one of the five boxes.

After they’ve filled all five boxes, it’s time to create a new poster! You can even hole-punch each poster once it’s completed and store it in a loose-leaf binder, watching it get thicker and thicker as your child masters more words.

6) Unscramble The Word

For this fun game, all you need are fridge magnets or alphabet blocks.

Choose three words, and scramble their letters with the magnets or blocks. Then, have your child unscramble these words by placing the letters in the correct order.

For an increased challenge, ask them to complete this task within a certain time limit. You can even start with simple words and increase the difficulty as their spelling skills improve.

If you have multiple children, this can also be a great competitive game — the first player to unscramble all their words wins!

Second Grade Spelling Games

Your second grader now knows words with less frequent letter-sound correspondences, such as oy, oi, ou, and aw sounds. This means you can select a variety of age-appropriate words in the spelling games you play to help expand their vocabulary.

Three of our favorite spelling games for second graders are below!

7) Build A Spelling Snowman

This game is just like the traditional Hangman game, but more kid-friendly!

Start by choosing a word in your head, and on a whiteboard or piece of paper, draw the correct number of lines for each letter to be filled in as you play. For example, the word “fright” would have six blank spaces to be filled in with each correct guess.

Have your speller guess what letter might be in the word and fill in a blank with a letter on each correct guess. For each incorrect guess, gradually draw a snowman piece by piece until you run out of additions.

This could start with a large circle for the snowman’s body, a smaller circle for his midsection, and an even smaller circle for the head.

It’s up to you how generous you’d like to be as to how many extra parts the snowman has, but remember to draw in his sticks for arms and fingers, buttons, carrot nose, and of course, his smile!

This fun spelling game can also be played in reverse so that with each correct answer, you’re slowly building the snowman.

8) Leap Across The Spelling Lily Pads

Start this game by writing out each letter of the alphabet on separate pieces of paper to act as your lily pads.

Place the lily pads in any order on the floor and choose a word for your child to spell, saying it out loud. Start with shorter words, and then slowly build up to more complex words.

Once your child knows the word to spell, they can hop like a frog from one lily pad to another until the word is correctly spelled out.

You can add time limits or a points system

Start this game by writing out a select number of letters of the alphabet on separate pieces of paper to act as your lily pads.

Place the lily pads in any order on the floor and choose a word for your child to spell, saying it out loud. Start with shorter words, and then slowly build up to more complex words.

Once your child knows the word to spell, they can hop like a frog from one lily pad to another until the word is correctly spelled out.

You can add time limits or a points system if your child is more advanced, and keeping track of their achievements makes this game even more fun!

9) Spell And Toss

All you need to play this game is a ball that you can easily toss around (e.g., beach ball, tennis ball, etc.). If you’re playing inside, a balled-up sock might be better.

Start by having your family stand in a circle. Then, the first player has to call out a word and toss the ball to the next player, who needs to say the first letter of the word.

When that player is done, they will toss the ball to the next person, who needs to say the second letter, and so on. When a player gets a letter wrong, they can toss the ball to the next player, who will try a different letter.

The player to say the last correct letter gets to decide the next word to spell. As your child’s vocabulary and spelling skills improve, you can pick the pace up by requiring each player to name their letter within a certain time limit.

This is also a great way to practice for the spelling tests your child will likely have once they reach second grade.

Effective Strategies To Help Your Child Spell

In addition to playing spelling games, here are some tips to help your child improve their spelling.

Focus On Phonemic Awareness

Phonemic awareness is a person’s ability to identify and manipulate sounds, specifically phonemes.

A phoneme is the smallest possible unit of sound in a language. Every word in our language is made up of phonemes, and we blend them to help us form words.

For example, “dog” has the phonemes d/o/g. So, we blend these small sounds (i.e., phonemes) to pronounce the complete word.

Understandably, children who haven’t yet mastered this skill will have some trouble spelling accurately. That’s why helping your child with phonemic awareness is a great place to start.

If your child is struggling with some words, you can read them out loud slowly by focusing on each phoneme and then speed up to say the entire word. For example, c/a/t. Cat!

Practice With Rhyming Words

Rhymes are a critical component of phonological awareness. But they deserve their spot on our list because of how effective they can be in helping children with their spelling.

That’s because a child who knows how to spell the word ball will find it easy also to spell all, call, fall, hall, etc.

You can check out this blog for effective rhyming strategies you can use at home.

Allow For Phonetic Spelling

This tip is important, particularly for younger spellers. Allow your child to spell a word out according to what it sounds like to them.

You can achieve this by first encouraging them to say each letter as they spell. For example, /c/ /a/ /t/ for cat or /p/ /i/ /n/ for pin (later advancing to /s/ /p/ /i/ /n/ for spin).

Once they’ve spelled it out, review it together while focusing on each letter. You can then talk about which letters need to be changed for the word to be correct.

Practice The Chunks In Words

As highlighted above, when we talk about chunks, we’re referring to the grouping of more than one letter together to produce a specific sound. The English language has many, such as ple, br, ch, sh, all, as well as word families such as ish, ang, ack, etc.

Allow your child to practice writing words that have the same chunks (e.g., child, chair, chain, champ, etc.) so they can familiarize themselves with the word families — groups of words with a typical pattern or feature.

The next time your child encounters a word that begins with a “ch” sound, they’ll be better equipped to spell it correctly.

Make Regular Reading A Priority

This is one of our favorite tips!

Reading has many incredible benefits for children, such as cognitive and language development, improving listening skills, and developing a child’s imagination. So, make this a priority by having a variety of books that you can read together.

While reading, remember to emphasize words with specific patterns or rules. For example, if you come across the word ring, remind your young learner of the other words with an “ing” sound, like wing, sing, king, etc.

By doing this, you help your child recognize similar pronunciations and spellings more easily when they see them in the future.

Make Spelling Fun And Simple With HOMER!

With the spelling games above and some practice, your child can improve their spelling skills while having fun in the process!

One way to make spelling fun is to use our Explore Letters Kit. It is a perfect addition to your exploration of spelling, from CVC words for kindergarteners to more advanced spelling words to develop your second grader’s skills.

Packed with fun activities and expert tips and instructions, our Explore Letters Kit will take your child on a spelling journey like no other!


9 Stimulating Spelling Games for Kids

Spelling can be a difficult and frustrating task for kids; the English language has so many rules and exceptions to remember. However, there are ways to make learning to spell fun for kids! One way is by playing spelling games.

Spelling games are a great way for kids to spell because they’re interactive and engaging. Plus, they can be played anywhere – at home, in the car, or even at school. This blog post will share nine of the best spelling games for kids. Also, we’ll share a list of online spelling games and resources so you can get started right away!

10 Spelling Games for Kids that are Equal Parts Fun & Challenging

Here are the ten most famous spelling games for kids of all ages:

1. Hangman

This classic game is a great way to practice spelling words. To play, one player thinks of a word, and the other player tries to guess it by guessing letters. If the letter is in the word, the player gets the point. If not, the player receives a strike. The game is over when either the word is guessed, or the player gets six strikes.

2. Spelling Bee

Spelling Games for kids are a great way to improve spelling skills. By playing these games, children can learn how to spell words correctly and practice spelling them in a fun and interactive way. To play, children are given a list of spelling words, and they have to spell them correctly. The winner is the child who can spell the most words correctly in a given time.

3. Word Ladder

This spelling game is similar to Hangman but with a twist. Instead of guessing letters, players guess words. The player starts with a clue word, and then they have to spell words that are one letter different from the clue word. For example, if the clue word is “cat,” the next word could be “bat.” The player who gets to the end of the ladder first wins the game.

4. Boggle

One of the all-time classic spelling games, Boggle is perfect for kids of all ages. To play, you’ll need a Boggle board, which is a grid of letter tiles. Players take turns finding words in the grid. The longer the word, the more points you get! This game is great for practicing spelling and vocabulary.

5. Word Jumble

This spelling game is perfect for kids who are just starting to spell words. To play, you’ll need a list of spelling words. Players take turns picking a word and then jumbling it up. The other players have to guess what the word is. The player who guesses the most words correctly wins the game.

6. Word Battle

Word Battle pits two players against each other. Each player writes a list of words on a piece of paper. The words should be ones that the other player may not know how to spell. The two players then take turns spelling the words out loud. For each word that is spelled correctly, the player gets the point. The first player to reach 10 points wins the game.

7. Spelling Scavenger Hunt

This spelling game is a twist on the classic scavenger hunt. Instead of looking for objects, players will search for words. Make a list of spelling words and hide them around the house or classroom. Give each player a copy of the spelling list and see who can find all the words first. You can also give players bonus points if they find the words in order.

8. Spell and Toss

This spelling game is perfect for kids who need to get up and move around. All you need is a ball and a list of words. Write out a list of spelling words on small pieces of paper, fold them up, and put them in a bucket or hat. Kids pick out a word, spell it correctly, and then toss the ball into a basket or bucket. If the spelling is incorrect, they must put the word back and try again.

9. Word Match

Word Match is similar to the classic memory game. You will need a deck of cards and a timer. Write one word on each card, including different spelling levels. For example, you can have words like ‘bat,’ ‘hut,’ and ‘ghost’ for easier words, and ‘acquaintance,’ ‘strenuous,’ and ‘precarious’ for more challenging words. Shuffle the cards and lay them out face down. Players take turns flipping over two cards, trying to find a match. If they find a match, they keep the pair of cards. If not, they turn the cards back over, and it’s the next player’s turn. The game is over when all the matches have been found.

Resources for Online Spelling Games for Kids



SplashLearn offers reading and spelling games for kids of all ages. The games are interactive and engaging, making them perfect for kids who are just starting to spell words. The reading games are divided up by age group so that you can find the perfect game for your child.

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With a name like FunBrain, you know this spelling site will be good. This educational game site has a variety of spelling games for kids of all ages. Try out the Pre-K spelling section if your child is starting to learn to spell. There are spelling games for the 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, and 3rd Grade.


Word Games

Word Games is a great site for kids looking for spelling games that are a little out of the ordinary. You’ll find spelling games like Hangman, Word Scramble, and Word Ladder on this site. These games are perfect for kids who need a break from the traditional spelling game.



Spelling Words Well is a spelling game for kids that can be played online or downloaded as an app. The game features three different spelling modes: Spell It, which tests players on their spelling of words; Beat the Clock, which challenges players to spell as many words as possible in a certain amount of time; and Word Ladder, which tests players on their spelling of words in a certain order.


PBS Kids

PBS Kids is an excellent resource for spelling games for kids. You’ll find spelling games on the site like WordGirl Spelling Bee, Martha Speaks Dog Tags, and Fetch with Ruff Ruffman Blast Off. These games are perfect for kids who are just starting to spell words.

Let’s Spell It Together!

Spelling games are a fun and interactive way to help kids learn to spell. They can also provide a bit of friendly competition and some laughs along the way. We’ve provided nine of our favorite spelling games for kids to keep them entertained while they improve their spelling skills. So get out there and have some fun!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the best way to help my child learn how to spell?

There is no “best” way to help your child learn to spell. However, there are a few things that you can do to help them along the way. First, make sure that they have a good foundation in phonics. This will help them sound out words and understand the basic building blocks of spelling. Next, provide them with plenty of opportunities to practice spelling words. Finally, make sure to praise their efforts and celebrate their successes.  

What are some of the benefits of playing spelling games?

Spelling games offer several benefits for kids. They help improve phonemic awareness, phonological processing, and visual processing skills. They also help to build confidence and self-esteem, as well as provide a bit of healthy competition. And, of course, they’re just plain fun!

What is the best age for kids to start playing spelling games?

There is no “best” age for kids to start playing spelling games. However, most experts agree that it’s never too early to start. The sooner kids are exposed to the basic building blocks of spelling, the better. This will give them a head start on the learning process and make it easier for them to pick up new words down the road.

Spelling games | Educational and methodological material on the Russian language on the topic:


1.Check Dunno.

Dunno played with words, making one word out of two. Check if he

composed the words correctly?

Paul+Osa = stripes

Kol+Osa = colosses


Tooth+I = teeth

oak+b+I = Dubya

2. Who quickly correct the errors. (Subject: Capital letter)

The cards have misspelled text.

Task: Find and correct all capitalization errors as quickly as possible.

3. Read the offer. (Topic: Case endings.)

Cards are made from an album sheet on which sentences are written, but instead of nouns, the corresponding figures are placed.

Assignment: while reading a sentence, students use pictures to name nouns in the appropriate case, choosing the correct ending.

4. "Choose three words" (The game is used to reinforce any topics in the Russian language)

Purpose: To follow the formation of spelling skills, taking into account the stage of work on spelling.

The choice of words depends on the topics studied or covered.

Nine words are written on 9 cards:

1st set: fish, blizzard, stocking, oak trees, jam, scarecrow, streams, plague, mushroom.

2nd set: entrance, warehouse, crow, hail, filming, treasure, gate, rise, sparrow.







Pied KI













Blue 9000 9000



Explain spellings by choosing test words.

6. Game "Ball"

Didactic task: Repeat the formulation of clarifying questions and case endings.

Game objective: Help the proposals get to the Ball.

Contents of the game:

Ball in the Grammar Kingdom today. There were many proposals for it. But the sentinel will not let them into the palace until each noun from those who have appeared has its conjugation indicated. Help the proposals get to the Ball. What questions does the clock noun ask?


A table is drawn on the board, the halves of which are separated by a sentry. The proposal is analyzed by one student, tips from the class are accepted.

Cherry blossoms in May Mother gave her son a book Swallows return from Africa Hare feeds on tree bark Sister came to her brother Sasha wrote a letter Fox hid behind a bush, etc. H a s o v o y In (what?) May blooms (what?) bird cherry. etc.

7. Game "Find the ending"

Didactic task: Repeat the case endings of nouns.

Game task: Find the endings of some words in sayings.

Content of the game:

“The ending is a very changeable, moving part of a word. She can easily get lost. Find the lost endings for these proverbs.”



  • Pick the berries... you will find the box.
  • Drop by drop... and the stone hammers.

Without a primer and grammar... Mathematics cannot be learned...

8. The game "Nicknames"

Purpose: formation of the process of inflection and word formation, consolidation of phonetic and grammatical analysis of words, spelling of proper names.

Move: Form animal names from the following words:


Make proposals.


Highlight the part of the word that you used when composing nicknames (suffix, ending).

9. Game "Team chain game"

Didactic task: Complete the appropriate nouns in the accusative case.

Game objective: Make the chain as long as possible.

Contents of the game and Materials:

  • Listening to music, mom...
  • I am writing a dictation, a letter,...
  • They are building a tower, a house,... etc.

10. The game "Hard - soft"

Purpose: to create conditions for repeating the spelling of hard and soft signs.

Students are divided into two teams. One team is called “Stone”, the other is called “Water”. The “Stone” team gets up if I read a word with a hard sign, if I read a word with a soft sign, the “Water” team gets up.

Words: congress, drive in, blizzard, pours, entrance, pour, announcement, stakes, runners, detour, ears of corn, drink, shooting, etc

11.Game: Be careful.

Purpose: to activate memory, attention, vocabulary, based on knowledge of the rules.
Write out from the proposed poems with combinations of zhi, shi:
1. Siskins lived in a hut,
Mice, hedgehogs, swifts,
Walruses come to visit them
Both giraffes and snakes.
2. Vest, animal, belly,
Giraffes, painting, lives,
Briar, tires, reeds,
Cars and pencils,
Circle, serve, make friends and live,
Hurry, make laugh,
Hiss and sew.
All combinations of ZhI and SHI
Only with the letter I write!

12. Game: Slovoznaikin, give me an answer.

Purpose: to determine the level of development of children, to develop memory, thinking, speech.
Children are invited for a certain time to remember and write down as many proverbs and sayings, riddles and quatrains as possible, in which words and a given rule are found - "Spelling of words with combinations of zhi, shi." For example:
Proverbs and sayings:
Life is given for good deeds.
You can't hide an awl in a bag.
If ​​you hurry, you will make people laugh.
To live life is not a field to cross.
Friendship is like glass, if you break it, you won't stick it together.
Two birch horses
They carry me through the forest.
These red horses,
And their name is ... (skis).

He is tall and spotted

With a long, long neck,

And he eats leaves,

Leaves of trees (giraffe)
She sewed a fur coat - she sewed a skirt,
She sewed a hat - she sewed a slipper!
Good seamstress Natasha!

13. Game: Change the letter.

Purpose: to intensify the mental activity of students, develop spelling and phonetic vigilance, attentiveness, logical thinking.
Children are offered the original word with a spelling, they change either one or two sounds in it sequentially, while maintaining the combination -chk-, and receive new words. The one with the most words wins.

daughter pen
barrel river
night candle
bump stove
point kidney
cloud daughter
wheelbarrow night

14. Game: Name one object.

Purpose: to develop methods for checking unstressed vowels.
The teacher says a word denoting many identical objects, and the students name one such object and explain what vowel should be written in the root of the word. For a correct answer, the row receives a point. The winner is determined by the number of points.
Sample material: words: doctors, eyes, rooks, gardens, basins, balls, sides, rains, yards, moles, seas, knives, fruits, fields, horns, etc.

15. Game: Capital letter.
Purpose: to reinforce the rule of capitalization in words.
Equipment: each student has a set of signal cards.
The teacher invites the class to listen carefully to the poem. Then the students mark with signal cards, all the rules for writing a capital letter, which are mentioned in the poem. Next, you need to protect each of your answers, that is, explain which rule is fixed. The winner is the one who manages to protect all signal cards.

An ordinary letter has suddenly grown, The letter
Has grown above the letters - girlfriends At the line at the beginning,
They look with respect So that we notice the beginning.
In the letter of a friend, First name, last name
But why? Are written with her,
For what merits? To be more noticeable and more visible,
To sound loud and proud
The letter did not want to grow by itself, Your name
The letter is entrusted with an important task: The name of the street, city.
Put in the word Large letter -
Not in vain and not easy Not at all empty,
The letter is so tall.

In a big letter -
Respect sign. (S. Izmailov)

16. Game: Half a minute for a joke.

Purpose: to fix the spelling of the capital letter in animal names.
Equipment: the board contains the names of those animals that are found in Yu. Chernykh's poem: a dog, a chicken, a cow, a cat, a horse.
The teacher asks the children to listen carefully to the poem and say what is wrong with it. The correct answer is rewarded with a game token. Some children add nicknames to the names of animals on the board, while the rest do this work in a notebook.
Once upon a time there was a grandfather and a woman
With a little granddaughter.
They called their red cat
And they called Crested
They called the foal,
And they also had
Burenka hen,
Murka dog,
And two more goats -
Sivka and Burka.

17. Didactic game "Be careful."
Purpose: to activate memory, attention, vocabulary, based on knowledge of the rules.
From the proposed poems write out words with combinations of zhi, shi:
1. They lived in a hut of siskins,
Mice, hedgehogs, swifts,
Walruses come to visit them
And giraffes and snakes.
2. Vest, animal, belly,
Giraffes, painting, lives,
Briar, tires, reeds,
Cars and pencils,
Circle, serve, make friends and live,
Hurry, make laugh,
Hiss and sew.
All combinations of ZhI and SHI
Only with the letter I write!

Children's games for learning English

In today's world, the popularity of the English language has reached its peak for a long time. The language is considered international, and in many European countries locals speak English. This is a huge advantage for those who love to travel the world.

Many parents today want their children to study at the most prestigious international universities in Europe, the USA, and for this, at least, you need to know English. That is why children have to learn a foreign language from an early age. Of course, on the one hand, this is very good, since kids absorb much more information than adults, but on the other hand, it is quite difficult in terms of learning. When an adult plans to learn a foreign language, he does it consciously, he has a motivation, an incentive. Kids, on the other hand, do not yet realize why they need it and whether they need it at all. But in this situation there is a way out. The most important thing in teaching English to kids is the ability to interest them, involve them in the process, and the most interesting process for little children is a game. That is why this article discusses the main types of children's games for learning English.

It can be said that English learning games for children are the main form of learning a foreign language. They create a relaxed environment in which learning is easier compared to forced teaching methods. During the game, children not only memorize new words, expressions or rules, but also develop attention, memory, thinking, observation and, of course, creativity. The use of games in teaching helps to maintain interest in the English language, and also helps to more easily learn, consolidate and master the lesson material.

Now let's take a closer look at English games for children. They can be used individually or in small groups.

1. Simon says.

A very simple game that is better and more fun to play in a group. The teacher acts as a leader and must give instructions to the guys so that they perform some action. For example, "Simon says: touch your ears!" - “Simon says, touch your ears!”, “Simon says: put your hands on your shoulders!” "Simon says put your hands on your shoulders!" There may be many options here.

2. "Countable - uncountable."

This game was invented on the principle of the game "edible - inedible". The players throw the ball to each other and shout out nouns, and the one who catches the ball must answer whether the object is countable or not. For example, the first player throws the ball and shouts "book", the one who caught the ball must say "countable" or "uncountable". If the player who caught the ball answers correctly, then now he throws the ball and says his word, but if he made a mistake, he simply leaves the game.

3. Crocodile.

Everyone knows this game. Its essence is to explain with gestures the words of the topic that are being passed or have already been passed. Different parts of speech can be used as displayed words, but with babies it is better to try only nouns and verbs to begin with.

4. "Try and guess."

A variation of the game "crocodile", but in this case the children need to explain the word. You can play the game in two ways. The first way is that the student takes one card from several offered and tries to explain to other students what the word is on the card.

Let's say the word "chair" is written on the card. This concept can be explained as follows: “It’s a piece of furniture” (this is a piece of furniture). "It's not big" (it's small). "It is wooden" (it is wooden). "You can sit on it" (you can sit on it). The explanation doesn't have to be long, complex sentences, on the contrary, it will be more interesting when the student pauses between sentences so that others think a little and scroll through the information in their heads.

The second way is as follows. One student takes a card and looks at what word he came across. His task is only to briefly answer the questions of other guys - yes / no (yes / no). That is, the guessers will try to find out for themselves what is hidden, asking leading questions that can only be answered with “yes” or “no”. For example, the word "ball" (ball) is guessed. To guess this word, you can make the following questions: “Is it big?” (Is it big?), "Is it brown/red/green etc.?" (Is it brown? Red? Green?), "Can you eat it?" (it can be eaten?) and so on. Questions must be asked until the word is guessed.

5. "Guess what I'm doing?"

Another type of Crocodile game, which has a more grammatical focus. The student who guessed the action should depict some process as accurately as possible, and the other guys need to guess what he is doing and say the sentence in English in a certain tense form. For example, the student must show that he is dancing, and the guys need to make a sentence in Present Continuous, therefore, the following will turn out: "He is dancing." - "He is dancing". Which of the students correctly guesses the movement and correctly composes a sentence will be the next one to depict the action.

6. "As much as possible."

This educational game in English will help children learn a large number of new words more easily. It is best for her to divide the students into two teams. The essence of the game is to name as many words of a given topic as possible. For example, the theme "Weather" (weather). Students can name different words and phrases that relate to this topic, and the part of speech can also be any. Such words may include "sunny" (sunny), "wind" (wind), "clouds" (clouds) and so on. The team that will name more words related to this topic will be considered the winner.

7. Compound word

This game in English is suitable for children who already have a certain vocabulary. The essence of the game is that you need to make a word from three to five words of the same topic, and the next word must begin with the same letter as the previous word ends with. Let's say the teacher asked the topic "Colors" (Colors). The option that can be accepted as an answer is gre Y ello W hite. That is, gray (gray) ends with the letter "y", and the next word "yellow" begins just with the same letter "y". In this way, you can make other words from three to five words, but these words should be of the same subject.

8. "Colors"

The game is very simple, but at the same time interesting. It is better to play it if there are six to eight people in a group. Its purpose is to promote the development of attention and memory, and with the help of it it will be easier for children to remember the names of colors. So, if there is a small variety of colors in the classroom or office where classes are held, then before the game the teacher will need to arrange multi-colored objects. Moreover, the number of items of different colors will be different. Let's say there are 6 people in a group, so you need to choose 6 colors - red (red), blue (blue), white (white), green (green), orange (orange), yellow (yellow). But the number of items of each color should be different, for example, red items can be taken six pieces, blue - five, white - four, green - three, orange - two, and yellow - one. That is, the game is designed for the reaction of children, so that after the teacher’s command to choose an object of a certain color, the guys grab the right thing as quickly as possible, and the one who did not have time is out. As a result, the course of the game will look like this: the teacher gives the command: “Children, take red pencils! Children, take blue balls! Children, take white paper! Children, take green apples! Children, take orange stamps! Children, take yellow books!” The winner is the one who has all six items of different colors.

9. Gather everyone.

This educational game in English is designed to consolidate words on a specific topic. For example, you can take the themes "At the Zoo" and "On a Farm". The task for the students will be as follows: In one large pile there will be animal toys that need to be distributed into groups - some to the Zoo, others to the Farm. Each student must choose a toy and put it in the right box or box, while naming the animal in English. Let's say he took a cow and said: "It's a cow" (This is a cow). The task can also be slightly complicated by having the student add a sentence about where the animal lives. For example, like this: "It's a cow. It lives on a farm ”(This is a cow. She lives on a farm). And so on until the last toy is in its place.

There can be many variations in this game. You can also distribute the animals according to the countries where they live, or you can choose the shapes and have the students distribute the objects according to their shapes. It all depends on the topic that the students are going through.

10. Snowball.

One of the most popular games in English for schoolchildren, which will force students to be as attentive as possible. At the same time, it is recommended to conduct it when the number of students does not exceed eight people. Words are better to choose one topic so that it is not so difficult. So, the first student says his word, the second repeats this word, then he says his own. The third student needs to first say the word of the first student, then the second, and then add his word and so on. To complicate the task, you can spend two circles. It will look something like this (let's say the theme is "Vegetables" (vegetables):

First student: tomato…
Second student: tomato, potato…
Third student: tomato, potato, cucumber…
Fourth student: tomato, potato, cucumber, cabbage…
Fifth student: tomato, potato, cucumber, cabbage, onion…
Sixth student: tomato, potato, cucumber, cabbage, onion, carrot…

To make the game meaningful, you can introduce a rule: whoever makes a mistake is out of the game.

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