Tactile Word Building Activities

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  1. cutNglue

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    I need more ideas. Here's what I use so far...

    sandpaper
    rainbow write
    shaving cream
    play doh
    finger painting (will try soon)
    wax sticks (students can't use them well)
    magnetic letters

    Need more...
     
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  3. Mrs.DLC

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    Salt tray-use an old, shallow pan
    Felt
     
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    Felt letters are expensive!
     
  5. gottagoodgig

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    Put a little bit of paint in a large ziploc baggie. Spread the paint out evenly through the whole bag and use it to write words. Baggies have always stayed closed for me, but you can tape them shut if you wish.

    I use Handwriting Without Tears and I like that we write a letter with chalk, erase it with a tiny little wet sponge (writing the letter a second time), and then dry in with a tiny piece of paper towel (third time writing). Kids get 3X the practice and don't even notice.

    Can they spell the words with tiles/cards?
    Magnetic letters on white board or little cookie sheets?
    Cut out words/letter from magazine and make a collage.
    Type on computer.
    Bingo dot markers.
    Letter stamps.
    Pocket chart with letter cards. (You can even make cards yourself to save $$)
    Magna doodles.
    Clay.
    Dry Erase Marker and individual white boards (laminated construction paper makes super inexpensive boards).

    Good luck!
     
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    Scholastic has a really fun teacher idea book for sight words. Sight Word Manipulatives for Reading success. Some of the ideas are a little time intensive, but kids will love them.

    My students love the paint bags gottagoodgig described. Much cleaner than finger paint and reusable. I attached a sheet of white paper behind the bag to make the writing more visible.
    Also brain research suggests that students write words using very big writing (1+ ft per letter)-you could use a white board or bulletin board paper. The gross motor movements used to make the big letters help create another brain pathway.
     

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