50 fun household materials to use for poetry, spelling and more

50 fun household materials to use for poetry, spelling and more

Looking for some fun ways to play with spelling, poetry and writing in your homeschool? Make some language arts manipulatives! You can find wonderful materials all around the house, absolutely free, and pick up others at dollar stores or thrift stores for next to nothing.

Here are some of our favorites.

(Instructions follow for those with a * and you can find the others on my language arts homeschool Pinterest board)

  1. Bottle caps
  2. Pistachio shells *
  3. Strips of paper
  4. Plastic Easter eggs *
  5. Lego Duplos and Mega Blocks
  6. Ping pong balls *
  7. Shells
  8. Rocks
  9. Acorns
  10. Popsicle sticks (use colored ones to separate parts of speech!) *
  11. Paint sample strips *
  12. Corks
  13. Letter dice (from games like Boggle)
  14. Letter tiles (from games like Scrabble or Bananagrams)
  15. Wrapping paper tubes *
  16. Wooden craft shapes
  17. Tiddlywinks
  18. Pumpkin seeds
  19. Index cards
  20. Wooden blocks
  21. Old puzzle pieces
  22. Clothespins
  23. Magnet letters
  24. Plastic lids
  25. Dixie cups
  26. Dragon tears
  27. Large beads
  28. Old game pieces
  29. Paper shapes
  30. Words cut from magazines or junk mail
  31. Letters cut from magazines or junk mail
  32. Styrofoam cups
  33. Ceramic tiles
  34. Plastic spoons
  35. Foam bathtub letters
  36. Bubble wrap *
  37. Connect Four game
  38. Paper plates and card stock strips
  39. Paint stirrers
  40. Craft foam
  41. Base ten blocks
  42. Shower curtain rings
  43. Foam cubes
  44. Old CDs in a CD case
  45. Nuts and bolts
  46. Paper cootie catchers
  47. Lima beans
  48. Bread ties
  49. Felt
  50. Post-it notes

Here are some ways to use them:

Poetry Shells ~

Gather up a bunch of pistachio shells, smooth rocks or other natural objects and use a magic marker to write words on them. Make sure to use adjectives, nouns and verbs. For example…. I, you, we, love, wet, dogs, jumped, lick, stars…. the more words you make the more variety you can get in your poem. Drop the rocks in a bucket, shake, and grab a handful to arrange into each line. Make sure to add some funny words!

Word rolls ~

I simply recycled some wrapping paper tubes that I’d normally have thrown out and fortunately one sat comfortably inside the other…

I began by making a few notes on sound blends and diagraphs that I’d chosen as a focus for learning. Doing this will also highlight how many word options your child can make using one roll.

Blend – When two or more consonants are together and you hear each sound eg. fl, cr sm
Diagraph – Two consonants stand together but make one sound eg. sh, th, ch

Popsicle sticks and playdough ~

I thought ordering the alphabet and using letters to spell words would be fun activities as well. I decided to have one color for vowels and another for consonants. I just used a marker to color the craft sticks in the picture… Seeing the two colors in their words will help them understand the importance of vowels and see patterns in their words.

Ping pong word families ~

I grabbed a pack of ping pong balls I picked up from the dollar store and used a Sharpie to write a letter on each one: a, c, m, o, p and t. Then I placed the six balls in an empty egg carton to hold them in place.

I wanted my 4.5 year old to practice AT and OP words so that he could get more practice differentiating the {a} and {o} sounds so I wrote the words {cat} and {mop} on separate index cards and invited him to join me…

Teaching Adjectives ~

Write a ‘boring’ adjective (walk, cry, good, short, fun, little, fast) on the bottom of a paint strip. Have the child/children look up the word in a thesaurus (if they need too) and write more colorful adjectives above their word.

Bubble Wrap Sight Word Pop ~

I wrote sight words that she is learning right on the individual bubbles. As she read the word, she could pop the bubble.

These are just a few of the wonderful ways to use letter and word manipulatives.




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This article originally appeared on examiner.com

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