>Summer Activities for Spelling & Fine Motor Skills Development

>Kid Summer Fun: Spelling & Fine Motor Skills Development

School’s out and you are ready for a fun filled summer. Yippee!
… but ugh: you are still concerned about your child’s spelling and/or fine motor skills (e.g. printing, cursive, cutting, etc.).
Well, have no fear, some suggested summer time, at home, “not-so-painful” activities are here … and they are all freeeeeeeeee! (some web sites included 😉
So enjoy … & have a great summer!
P.S. These ideas are great for tutors too … I am using most of them these days.


  1. Colourful Words (use a different colour for each letter; trace over the word four times using a different colour each time)
  2. Sign Your Words (see sign language chart for assistance: http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/cedir/kidsweb/amachart.html)
  3. Fancy Letters (use fancy/creative/artistic/wild letter formation)
  4. Spelling Back Rub (using your finger spell/trace the words on your partner’s back. Can he/she guess the word?)
  5. Spelling Concentration (have students prepare cards ñ reinforces spelling ñor use this site http://www.scholastic.com/kids/homework/flashcards.htm)
  6. Spelling Bingo (an oldie but a goodie; see site: http://www.teach-nology.com/web_tools/materials/bingo/)
  7. Cut-and-Paste Spelling (cut out letters form newspapers and magazines)
  8. Word search (have students create them for one another); see site: http://www.teach-nology.com/web_tools/word_search/)
  9. Pyramid words (write the first letter of the word, under that write the first and the second letter, under that write the first, second and thirds, etc. to form steps or a pyramid)
  10. Write the words & omit all vowels (replace vowels with a line or a star*)
  11. Write the words & omit all consonants (replace vowels with a line or a star*)


  1. Engage in your favourite arts and crafts activities
  2. Scrap booking (e.g. site: http://scrapbooking.about.com/od/freestuff/Free_Stuff.htm)
  3. Draw, draw, draw! Freestyle
  4. Learn to draw, paper folding, craft projects, etc . @ http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/howtodraw.html)
  5. Play with dough and modeling clay
  6. Create collages (cutting & pasting)
  7. Gardening (site: http://www.ehow.com/how_2290580_grow-good-gardener-kids-gardening.html)
  8. Finger painting
  9. Sewing
  10. Necklace/bracelet making (threading beads, Fruit Loops or macaroni onto string)
  11. Mosaics (use buttons, pasta, dried beans, etc.)
  12. Play calculator games (site: http://www.dr-mikes-math-games-for-kids.com/calculator-games.html)
  13. Play computer games
  14. Playing with keys & locks
  15. Lego
  16. Puzzles, mazes & word searches (sites: e.g. http://www.printactivities.com/Mazes.html, http://www.puzzle-club.com/word-searches-for-kids.html)
  17. Cooking (pour, measure, stir, kneed, roll, cut, etc.)( http://www.kids-cooking-activities.com/)
  18. Eat with chopsticks! FUN!

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