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School Bus Spelling

I came up with this easy activity to go along with our "Back to School" theme this week.
LB(3) had fun with it, and it was a good way to practice the sounds of letters with him.

  • Construction paper in yellow, black, white, blue
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Marker

Prep Work:
  • With the yellow paper, cut out a bus shape.
    • Then draw on 3-5 windows and cut them out.
  • With the black paper, cut out:
    • 2 circles for the wheels
    • 1-3 rectangles the size of the windows
  • With the white paper, cut out:
    • appx. 10 rectangles the size of the windows
    • appx. 10 strips (to write the words on)

  • Glue the bus onto the blue piece of paper & glue the wheels on.
  • Draw a rectangle on the bus. This is where you'll place the word strip:

  • On the front and backs of the strips of paper, write some simple words. We used some sight words, and some word-family words. Here are the words we used:
    • the, and, then, at, 
    • bad, had, mad, sad, 
    • can, man, tan, 
    • bat, cat, hat, mat, sat

  • If you use the same words we used, write the following letters on the 10 white rectangles:

Everything's ready. Time to play!

How to Play:

  • Sit down with your child and lay out the bus, the words, and all the letters.
  • Have them choose a word and place it on the bus.
    • Count the letters, if it's a 3 letter word, then place a couple black rectangles in the windows that you won't be using.
  • Then have your child find each of the letters in the word, make the sound of the letter, and place it in the bus window:

LB(3) thought this was pretty fun.
But like most 3 year-olds, his attention span was short. We did about 3 words and he was done. :) But there's always tomorrow! I also want to write the letters of his name so he can practice spelling his name too.

Have Fun!


Yahuah's Homemaker said…
I love this idea! I am going to make it today. I was trying to think of a more creative way to teach reading, along with Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons, this and the other items you have that are similar are wonderful.

Thank you for sharing!

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