Multisensory Spelling Activities
Sometimes we can all get bogged down in practising spellings. Here is a menu of fun ideas that will provide engaging and far more memorable alternatives to using a whiteboard and a dry wipe pen.
Remember to ensure that pupils see, say and do all at the same time!
• Make the words from feathers, milk bottle tops, alphabet spaghetti, pipe-cleaners, play dough, blu-tac, putty and wikki sticks. Discuss the shapes made by the words.
• Write the word on your partner’s back for them to guess.
• Chalk on the playground.
• Paint huge versions.
• Ice biscuits and cakes with the letters to make the words – icing pens work well.
• Trace in glitter, corn flour, baked beans, sand, washing up liquid and shaving foam. The gooier the better!
• Squirt the word on the playground using washing up liquid bottles filled with water.
• Make the words using scrabble letters.
• Air writing.
• Construct the word using magnetic and/or wooden letters – think three dimensionally.
• Target practice – using a toy archery set or dart board with letters pinned on. Aim at the letters and spell in the correct order.
• Rainbow writing – the pupil writes over a model in as many different colours and types of pen. The end result will be messy but memorable
• Roll a paint covered ball to make the letters.
• Cover the wheels of a toy car in paint and ‘drive’ the word.
• Finger spelling – you can use Makaton or British Sign Language.
• Use PVA glue to squirt the word and cover in a variety of tactile materials – sequins, fluffy pipe cleaners, coloured sand.
• Trace on sand paper letters or carpet tiles.
• Look, say, cover, write, check.
Setting Your Kiddo Up For Homework Success!
Top 16 Sensory Strategies for Homework!
- Give the child a break! At least 30 minutes of free sensory play when they arrive home from school, and this does not count screen time (That can perhaps be the reward after homework)
- During the 30 minute break, offer various sensory activities, primarily vestibular and proprioceptive
- Also suggest resistive sucking and blowing games prior to homework such as a bubble mountain
- Offer a crunchy or chewy snack during homework or drinking something resistive through a straw, such as a fruit smoothie or even non-dairy yogurt or pudding
- Offer chewing gum during homework or another oral sensory tool
- Be sure homework is complete in a quiet area, not in the kitchen or living room..unless you can be sure it will be quiet and distraction free
- Allow the school work to be done on a clipboard while sitting in a squish box or in another sensory retreat with adequate lighting
- Offer earplugs or noise cancelling headphones during homework (even when in a quiet place) as the sound of the fan or noises outside can be enough to disrupt sensory processing for those who have difficulty filtering out auditory input
- Try using a vertical surface for any written homework, such as an easel or even taping the work to a flat surface on the wall. You can also encourage using a chalkboard or dry erase board for working out math problems and such.
- Use an indoor or outdoor swing or trampoline for working on memory type homework such as studying for a test or for studying a spelling list
- Use a ball chair instead of a standard chair
- Place Theraband or other resistance bands around the base of the chair for pushing and pulling with the legs, or wrap over shoulders for deep pressure and resistive work with the arms. The resistance bands can also be wrapped around the arm of the chair.
- Another alternative is laying prone on elbows for working on homework, especially when reading
- Never allow homework to be done with the TV on in the background
- Offer tools such as a weighted lap pad or vibrating pillow to be used during homework
- And how could I forget, a fidget toy of course!