One of the things that I am looking forward to in homeschooling year round is integrating the lovely summer weather into our learning environment. We have foam blocks that I purchased at several years ago when the children were younger. In the last year these blocks have been patiently waiting to be played with again in our board games cabinet.
I wanted a fun, new and inventive way of practicing the kids spelling and sight words in the pool during the summer heat. Here is what I came up with:
- 100 Foam Blocks (our blocks have different colors and shapes to make this a little more challenging)
- Black permanent marker to write all of the letters of the alphabet
How to make it a learning game: When the kids get into the pool I will dump the entire bag into the water. I plan to write one of the kids spelling/sight words onto our small handheld dry erase board and hold it up. The kids then get to swim and dive to find the letters for their word. The one who spells theirs first will win.
Depending on the age of your child and their overall spelling skills you can also make this more challenging by not writing the word on the dry erase board but rather saying the word and having your child continue trying to spell the word correctly. Elizabeth is entering 1st grade so spelling is still a new skill she is acquiring so I plan to use the dry erase board in this activity for her. Beck is entering 3rd grade so he has a larger skill set of spelling words. I plan to only use the dry erase board in this activity when he is learning a new more challenging spelling or sight word and just say it otherwise.
I was concerned about mold and mildew forming on the blocks when they are drying off so I punched several holes in the foam blocks bag to help keep an air flow going throughout the bag and allow any water to drain out. Luckily, these blocks are water resistant so they shouldn’t absorb much water anyway.
This activity could also be done in an inexpensive baby pool if you have one laying around your garage. I hope that you enjoy some foam block pool spelling fun in the sun too!
FUN TIP! We are using a Frisbee this year as our spelling tray when doing our foam block pool spelling so the letters do not float away.