If you’re looking for some fun and engaging spelling practice activities that don’t require any prep, you’ve come to the right place! In this post, we’ll share a few of our favorite no-prep multisensory spelling activities. These activities will help students not just memorize but RETAIN those lists of spelling words!
What Are Multisensory Activities?
Multisensory activities are any tasks that require students to use more than one sense at a time. It is very easy to incorporate the senses in your weekly spelling practice. One simple thing to do is get your class in the habit of following this procedure for each word they spell:
- SAY the word (auditory)
- TAP or FINGERSPELL the word (tactile)
- WRITE and CHECK the word (visual)
It’s as simple as that! Research shows that when students use multiple senses to process information, the brain has a much easier time committing that information to memory. Therefore, multisensory spelling practice is a GREAT way for students to retain the words and patterns they are studying!
Sometimes teachers hear the word “multisensory” and think it means “elaborate.” That’s not true at all! Here are some great multisensory spelling practice activities that can be done with just pencil and paper!
Visual Spelling Practice Activities
- Create a picture dictionary with one related image for each spelling word.
- Create “word art” where students draw bubble letters and color them in to represent the word (for example, the word “beach” would incorporate the colors of the sun, water, and sand).
Auditory Spelling Practice Activities
- Sing a song – have students spell their words to the tune of a nursery rhyme or popular (school appropriate!) song.
- Make up a mnemonic sentence for each spelling word.
Tactile Spelling Practice Activities
- Have students write their spelling words in large letters. Then, students can trace the letters with their finger.
- Have students use their opposite hand to write their spelling words.
Kinesthetic Spelling Practice Activities
- Stomp and Clap – Students spell each word out loud, clapping for consonants and stomping for vowels.
- Boot Camp- Students pick an activity (like jumping jacks) and repeat the movement as they spell each word.
No Prep Multisensory Spelling Practice Task Cards
Would you like a FREE set of task cards that incorporates the above ideas and more? Head to my TpT store to download my free spelling task cards, featuring 27 fun multisensory activities that require nothing more than paper and a pencil to complete. You can grab them by clicking on the picture below!