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Spelling is important. It’s as important as it often is frustratingly baffling and outdated – we’re looking at you Pharaoh, yacht and colonel. And don’t get us started on Wednesday the eighth of February.
“But who needs spelling when you have spellcheck and autocorrect?” Oh, yeah, those super-reliable things:
So, we thought we’d pick out some fun and challenging games that kids will enjoy while boosting their spelling skills.
This quick and fun game provides a good level of challenge, without being too frustrating to complete.
Pupils are given a small crossword board, sans questions, but with all vowels in place. Their job is to work out where the consonants fit on the board.
They can hit the hint button if they get stuck, and it’ll put a consonant in place to get them going again.
And better yet, if you highlight a square on the board it will tell you where each identical letter is. So, for example, if you have ‘_ear’ but aren’t sure whether it’s a ‘b’, ‘t’ or ‘p’ that should go in the blank space, just hover the cursor over the square, and if it highlights another blank square where you have ‘_orrow’, you know that it’s ‘b’ you’re after.
This is an American game, but we played it through a number of times (for research, of course) and didn’t find any US spellings. Maybe keep an eye out though.
Give it a go here.
This one will keep kids on their toes. It works on the same sort of premise as the word game Boggle, mixed in with a bit of Tetris (or Candy Crush if that’s more relevant to today’s audience).
You need to find words of three letters or more, where each letter is adjacent (including diagonally) to the next. You can’t use the same letter twice, but click on each in turn, then double click the last letter and those blocks disappear.
More letters keep appearing from the top and the aim is not to let any column get to the top of the screen.
Play it here, but be warned, it’s addictive.
A little bit like a junior version of Countdown, players are given eight letters, and have to make as many words as they can to reach the required points total before the timer runs out.
There’s an eight-letter word to be found in each one, and the longer the word the more points you will get.
Give this game a whirl here.
This one is a good little tester for, you guessed it, words that are commonly misspelled. Kids are given three options and have to pick the correct one.
You’ll also find an absolute bounty of spelling games and quizzes on howtospell.co.uk here, including silent letters, error correction and spelling rules.
But if you don’t mind this shifty cartoon’s ceaseless expression of looking like he’d gladly see you fail, play Common Misspelled Words here.
This little adventure requires students to correctly answer spelling and grammar questions over six rounds – double consonants, y to i, plural nouns, prefixes and suffixes, the silent e, and apostrophes – in order to get clues to catching the titular thief.
Check it out here.
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In a nutshell, what is Kapow Primary?
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