The Friday Fluff Up: Our New Spelling Board

Note:  This would NOT be a great project with very young children as they could swallow the magnets.  Mine are all old enough to handle it, but do be careful with the magnets!



I have three beautiful, smart, amazing children.  But so far, at least two of those three have a tough time with spelling (I'm holding out hope for my youngest . . . surely she's got to have a few spelling genes!)  As someone who's always been able to spell (well, at least most of the time . . .) I just don't get it, and, if you have a child who struggles with spelling, you know my frustration.



So, I'm always looking for new ways to make spelling more fun at our house.  (Because, it's really, really, not. fun. at. all.  In fact, if you or have a kiddo who doesn't naturally spell, my heart soooooo goes out to you; I wish I could give you a hug right now!)  A friend of mine though saw a cute idea on how to make photo magnets over on Pinterest, so I decided we could make a few magnets using letters to make spelling time a little more fun at our house!

For the record, my sweet husband isn't a natural speller either, and now he's an engineer.  SURELY we'll survive this spelling thing, right? 

Here's what we used . . .



I found the glass discs in the floral department at Hobby Lobby for $2.99.  The magnets were also at Hobby Lobby, and then I just used my  Cricut Cutter  to create letters.  (You could also purchase stickers which would have been much easier, I just couldn't find any that I liked!)  The best glue to use is E-6000, and while I also cut the circles with the Cricut, you may be able to find a 1 inch punch (or cut quite a few by hand!)  Walmart had the baking sheets for just $2.99, and they have a perfect little circle at the top to tie the ribbon in.





Have you made any fun crafts this week? Check out my favorite ideas over on Pinterest (you can follow me under ppennypincher if you’d like to get started . . . I love that place!) If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

Check out previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing.

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  1. Cute idea. Spelling was SO very easy for Kaitlynn that I almost did not know what to do when Ashlyn struggled with it. We struggle with it constantly and it has not gotten easier I am sad to say. But…Don struggles with it to this day and I take heart and remember that he has a PhD in aerospace engineering so possibly she will survive. She just has to stay aware of her difficulties and focus!

    • That’s so encouraging to hear Staci! Jackson did okay with it, but it’s never been easy (just manageable). Caroline struggles with it horribly, and it’s so hard because I’ve never been in her shoes, and I can’t understand why she can’t understand it. I’m telling you what – some days I wonder if God is sitting there laughing at me as I raise my kids, because all the things that I thought would be easy as a parent sure aren’t! Thanks for letting me know though…. guess all those letters I got from James when we were dating that included words spelled incorrectly should have foretold my future!

      (What is it with these smart guys who can’t spell? Ughhh!)

  2. I love this! Did you color code the letters or are they just random? I’m thinking you could do vowels one color and consonants another.

    • This is just pitiful Jen – I thought that EXACT thing, but because I have no attention span at all, I completely forgot to do that when I was working on them! I was actually working with my kiddos on spelling while I glued, and completely forgot. (My poor kids have my hubby’s spelling genes, and my lack of focus… I never can focus on one thing long enough to get projects like that done right!) 🙂

      One thing I was tempted to do but then skipped was to use patterned paper instead of plain – way back when I had a real job I remember learning about how much harder it is for kids to focus on things when there’s lots of pattern around, so I did try to keep them pretty simple.

      • Jennifer H says

        Laurie, you do have a “real job”, you just don’t get paid $$$$$.

        • Wouldn’t it be nice to get paid to do spelling homework??? (I think it might be my least favorite part of my mommy job… I’d rather clean toilets!) 🙂

  3. Spelling is not a sign of intelligence…. 🙂

    • I keep hoping so Angela, but gee it sure feels like it is when they’re in the 3rd grade! Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  4. I love this! You do have some amazing, smart, and beautiful children (and sweet). It was really good to see you today! I miss you guys!

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