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Tactile Spelling Practice

If you have a kinesthetic learner who learns best by doing, this tactile spelling practice is a great way to reinforce spelling words.

Spray a blob of shaving cream onto the table and have the student practice writing the words with her pointer finger while spelling it aloud. This gives the student an opportunity to  feel  how the word should be and to see it in large print.

It also gives your table a fresh, clean scent!

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  1. Hey Connie!
    This is my 10th year of homeschooling, and I have 5 children, but I have NEVER done this shaving cream activity. Sure, I have read about it over the years, but I have never actually squirted the shaving cream on my table.

    Wow! I may do it today. Won’t my first grader be so excited? And my 11 yo boy too! Oh, my 4yo boy will probably love it also!

    Thanks for the tip.

  2. what a neat idea, our little one would LOVE this, I should give it a try!

  3. We have a dyslexic son and this is a great way to help him study for his spelling test!

    Thanks for putting it out there Connie! I think sometimes we forget that everyone learns differently.

  4. This looks like alot of fun! Thanks for the idea!

  5. When I taught preschool many moons ago, we would do this every Friday to “clean” off the table tops in the classroom. The shaving cream really does a great job at getting off leftover glue or other stickiness, excess crayon marks, etc.! :) Lots of fun for the kiddos too!

  6. We do this on the bathroom counter, where there’s no paint to strip off the surface. 😉
    It’s great for practicing the difference between b and d.

  7. eeep! This makes me shudder and squirm lol. I have tactile issues due to my vision impairment, as does my brother. They rarely come up anymore but I remember being forced to rub my hands around in shaving cream to learn to cope with the texture/feeling, I hated it so much.

    However I CAN touch shaving cream now! Still, not sure I could manage this activity 😀

  8. Love this activity! For a less messy but also tactile experience, rice or sand on a cookie sheet works well too

  9. My house could use a fresh clean-scent. And the Gabbers could use some spelling practice. Thanks for the tip!

  10. Another approach we’ve used for our daughter (who is visually impaired and has a neurological condition) is to learn sign language letters, and finger spell as she goes, saying each letter aloud. For years, she had a very difficult time, particularly with losing sections of a word, or missing double/triple consonants… The kinesthetic experience has been magical.

  11. Mary Mac says:

    One of my boys was born with Down syndrome. When he was younger, about 4, his OT had suggested this for when we were working with him at home on writing his name. Then I reminded him, the OT, of how much Cole, my son, likes to taste everything. We decided to go with pudding instead! But then it was tricky keeping him focused on writing his name in it! We had fun and he writes his name very well now. He is now 8 years old.


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