I wish that I could take credit for this idea, but I actually found this on my newest obsession - Pinterest. Here is the original blog post from jugglingwithkids.
I made this for my 6 year old last weekend, what a better way to get your little ones to work on their words than to make it into a game.
I took some cardstock paper and made line for parking spaces. In the parking spaces I wrote some current spelling words, some other words he was working on and some words that he already knew. All we needed was the "game board" and we pulled out our bucket of matchbox (and other small cars) and we were ready to go.
We took turns saying a word and the other person had to take a car and drive it into the correct spot. Taking turns made it more like a game and it allowed me to see that he didn't just recognize the words when I said them, but he could read them too.
Modified for the little ones:
Do you have little ones who aren't working on words yet? Try making a parking lot game for them with colors in the parking spaces or draw shapes, numbers or letters in the parking spaces to make this game appropriate for any age from toddler to pre-school to elementary school.
We created a shape game for the two year old. We just used a couple of parking spaces and put basic shapes in them. He had fun but his attention span is much less than the 6 year olds was (which was expected). He needed more guidance on how to "play" the game but his brother stepped in and drove the car into a couple of parking spaces to show him what to do and then he was ready to play.
We loved this idea and this will be something that we continue to use as a learning tool in our house.
What learning games/tools do you use with your little ones?