Spelling Mats

There are a few spelling mats similar to this in stores, but I loved the idea of making your own. Not only is it free but I can customize it for B.


spelling mats

I saw this idea on Little Hands, Big Work (love that blog!).

* On each paper trace a 3 letter word (sun, cat, bed, map, sad, dog).
* Use magnetic letters to trace the word and then draw a picture of the word above it.
* Sort out only the letters needed to spell all 6 words and put them in a pile.

After B puts the letters on the mat, he sounds them out. d-o-g, dog! And then of course there is a lot of clapping and cheering. He feels so proud of himself that he is spelling and reading. And just a side note, he didn’t notice at all how terrible my drawings were. We been using this same set for a few weeks and I think in a couple of weeks I’ll make another set of different words.

At Little Hands, Big Work she put each piece of paper in a page protector, and put them all together with binder rings. I did this the other day and put the letters in a bag attached to the binder ring and it was perfect to throw in my purse to take to the restaurant to use while we waited for our food.

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  • Reply Eva

    awesome idea! I’m going to try this out 🙂

    October 23, 2009 at 9:35 pm
  • Reply Nicole {tired, need sleep}

    Great idea! We have the Doug and Melissa See and Spell set, but M totally loves the bottle cap names I’ve made for him so much more. I bet he’d love it if I made some of these and let him be involved with picking the words to make!

    October 23, 2009 at 11:06 pm
  • Reply Adriana

    Fantastic idea! I would love to find some more uses for those magnetic letters that I find ALL over my house. 🙂 I saw your question about the bilingual schools. I am looking for a couple of good articles that I have that would give you some good info. As soon as I find them, I will send you the links.

    October 24, 2009 at 12:40 pm
  • Reply ami

    I gave your blog an award! 🙂 🙂 Ami

    October 24, 2009 at 3:03 pm
  • Reply Becky @ Our Sweet Peas

    Love it and will have to give it a try. Need to get magnet letters. 🙂

    October 26, 2009 at 1:10 am
  • Reply Anonymous

    I do something similar to this with my students but I place the paper on a cookie sheet so the stick.

    February 25, 2012 at 2:18 pm
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