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Boggle Jr. and Magic Rocks

Boggle Jr. and Magic Rocks are two fun ways to support beginning reading and writing. Boggle Jr. has everything you need to get started and magic rocks are easy to make on your own.
boggle jr and magic rocks

I stumbled upon this Boggle Jr. game at a garage sale. To be honest I have no idea how to really play this game, but B has a great time matching up the letters with the dice to spell whatever the picture is. After he gets all done matching them up he announces, β€œThat spells ___!” This has been a great activity for letter identification, matching, and experimenting with how letters make words.

boggle jr and magic rocks

This Magic Rocks activity has a similar concept. I bought these clear stones (usually found in the artificial flower section) for $3 and wrote the letters on the back of the stone. I had a hard time writing the letters backwards so they would show up the right way on the front but it was worth the time it took me to get it figured out. I think they are adorable. I wrote our family’s names and other words B likes to spell on index cards and he puts the magic rock above the corresponding letter.

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14 Comments

  • Reply PisecoMom

    I love those magic rocks! And yes, there are “rules” to Boggle Jr but what B is doing is great! I love using games and game parts to explore all kinds of ideas.

    (In the official rules there’s a timer and you have to roll the dice trying to spell the word on the card – once you’ve done that you reveal another card – trying to spell as many cards as you can before the timer runs out.)

    September 15, 2009 at 2:37 pm
  • Reply Nicole {tired, need sleep}

    I love how he is using the Boggle Jr. Brilliant! πŸ™‚ And I really like the magic rocks idea too. I’m going to have to see if the same thing will work on some of my colored glass pebbles! Thanks for some great ideas!

    September 16, 2009 at 1:47 am
  • Reply Mama Mel

    Love the magic rocks idea! Very cool! πŸ™‚

    September 16, 2009 at 4:55 am
  • Reply Angie @ Many Little Blessings

    Really fabulous ideas! My preschooler would love these activities!

    September 16, 2009 at 6:27 am
  • Reply Ticia

    I love both of those ideas, made me wonder if it could work to do it with shrinky dinks.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply Preschool Playbook

    I have to go get me some rocks! Love it!

    September 16, 2009 at 6:25 pm
  • Reply teachmama

    another one I love, love, love!! I think I have these rocks sitting in a now-empty fishbowl somewhere. . .

    September 27, 2009 at 11:53 pm
  • Reply The girl who painted trees

    I have tons of those florist marbles and I was just about to order lower case alphabet tiles for 14 dollars! You just saved me so much money:) Thank you!!!
    http://theadventuresofbear.blogspot.com

    October 1, 2009 at 8:02 pm
  • Reply vanessa

    I love the magic rock idea! We are just starting to get into spelling things out–been using foam bathtub letters so far, but this would be a great way to take it to the next level.

    October 23, 2009 at 7:31 pm
  • Reply The girl who painted trees

    I tried this but the letters rub off. What kind of pen did you use? Did you use something to cover the back after you wrote on it?

    http://theadventuresofbear.blogspot.com

    October 29, 2009 at 9:51 pm
  • Reply The Activity Mom

    I used a black sharpie and gave it a minute to dry. It shouldn’t come off with a permanant marker.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:45 pm
  • Reply Jennifer O

    i found these stones at the dollar store this week. just wrote them out! can’t wait for my daughter to test them out. thank you!

    April 27, 2013 at 2:43 am
  • Reply dressage66

    These also work with letters cut from magazine and attached with Modge Podge.
    http://pinterest.com/pin/77687162292862694/ Kids love them!

    July 31, 2013 at 4:05 pm
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