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Grab-a-Word

Ready, set, go: Form a silly sentence as words fall from the air.
 

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What you need:

  • index cards 
  • marker

What to do:

  1. Begin by writing words on index cards. If your child has a vocabulary or spelling list to study, you can use those words. Be sure to include nouns, adjectives, and verbs.
     
  2. Provide some silly choices, too — words such as "squishy," "hippopotamus," "liver," "bumps," "flip," and "gargle."
     
  3. Toss 10 to 12 of the cards into the air and let them fall to the ground.
     
  4. As they are falling, challenge your child to pick up words as quickly as he can, read them, and use them to form a sentence. 
     
  5. Once your child has formed a few sentences, trade places and let him toss the cards.

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