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Make Words With Alphabet Clothespins

This is a fun way to practice spelling words and give fine motor skills a workout at the same time!

Practicing spelling words doesn’t always have to require writing them in one way or the other. Give fine motor skills a workout and use alphabet clothespins to build words.

This does take a bit of prep time initially, but once you’ve made a set of alphabet clothespins, you can use them for spelling words all year long.

How to set-up: To prep this activity, you need some plain wooden clothespins, Sharpies, and index cards.

Write each letter of the alphabet on the clothespins. You’ll want to include some letters more than once, such as vowels and popular letters. Take a peek through the spelling list you are using to make sure you don’t need any letter more than 2 times.

Also, write each spelling word on an index card.

To play, have your child choose an index card and make the word by clipping the alphabet clothespins on the index card. (Unless you’ve made a whole pile of alphabet clothespins, your child will need to then remove the clothespins before moving on to the next word).

Tip: Store the clothespins and blank index cards in a bag or basket so that it’s easy to access for your child.


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