New interactive spelling activities and games!
Make teaching spelling fun with our Spell-A-Word Hop! Phonics and word recognition will become interactive and full of movement whenever you use this floor mat. Spelling words for 1st graders can be an exciting and hands-on activity for young readers. With Spell-A-Word Hop, you can bring your word-spelling games to the next level through movement-based learning.
Simply lay the Spell-A-Word Hop mat out on the floor and begin building words with the included cards. At 30 inches wide and 110 inches long, the mat has adequate space for multiple students to step and jump on while creating words up to 8 letters long. Spell-A-Word Hop comes with 48 letter cards for tons of spelling practice possibilities.
The Spell-A-Word Hop can be used in a variety of spelling activities. Place the letter cards on the mat’s eight colorful blocks on the top row to form words.
Have students stand in the blocks on the bottom row with feet pictured in them. Build phonics skills by asking them to make the sound of the letter in the block above their feet. Students can jump from one block to the next and sound out words.
Challenge students by leaving letters out of a word and asking students to complete the word with the correct letter cards. Practice spelling common sight words or words from your grade’s spelling words list.
Introduce simple words to preschoolers and kindergartners. Expand to 1st grade words or even 2nd grade vocabulary. Watch your students’ phonemic awareness and reading skills improve as a result of practice on this mat. Best of all, movement-based learning will boost young students’ comprehension and memory retention, while also improving gross motor skills.
Overall, students will be well-prepared to keep learning sight words. Spelling words for 1st grade will come naturally while being enjoyable! Be sure to check out our activity database for more spelling word games!
Or check out our smaller version of this mat, the Make-A-Word Hop Mat.
Dimensions: 30 x 110 inches
Materials: Our floor mats are made from heavy-duty vinyl. They are easy to clean, durable, and long-lasting. Some teachers have used their mats for over 10 years!
Includes: Mat with 8 blocks for building words + 48 letter cards
Check out our material FAQ page for more information and instructions on caring for your floor mat.
Sample Activity: Spelling Word Game
- Scatter the letter cards on the floor around the mat. Call out one of your current spelling words.
- Have the first student find and place the first letter card on the first box (light red).
- Then, have the second student find and place the second letter card on the second box (dark red).
- Continue taking turns with students until the whole word is spelled.
- Finally, have students take turns jumping on the boxes with feet, spelling the word aloud as they jump below each letter.