My daughter usually hates spelling. I think I started her off with a level that was too difficult for her, and she finds it frustrating. Even though spelling is not her strongest subject, she loves playing a new spelling game that I discovered, called Rocket to the Moon. Not only is it fun, it can be used in single student homeschools, homeschools with multiple ages, or even in the classroom! Here are the simple rules to this fun game.
The basic premise of this game is to be the first person to get your rocket ship to the moon. You can also make a rule that the person that is closest to the moon at the end of the game wins, if you run out of spelling words first. You need a rocket ship for every player, and a game board. I made my board by drawing a picture of a moon on the top of a sheet of lined notebook paper, and I wrote the numbers one through twelve on different lines underneath the moon. You can use whatever number of lines that you want. I made the rocket ships by cutting out small, rounded triangles out of notebook paper. I put an L on my daughter’s rocket ship, and an M for Mommy on my rocket ship. I color little orange flames on the bottom of each ship. If you are playing this game in a classroom, you can draw the board on the chalkboard.
When you spell a spelling word right, you get to move up one space. In our game, since there are 12 spaces, you have to spell 12 words correctly to reach the moon.
Variation: One-Child Homeschool
Since my daughter is currently the only child learning how to spell in my house, I play it with her. We take turns asking each other questions. I ask her spelling words. When we first started playing this game, I had her make up her own questions, but she’d usually ask questions like “where did I get this toy from?” She didn’t even know the answer to half the questions, so we changed the rule. She now picks a question from a Trivial Pursuit game for me to answer. If I get the trivia question right on my turn, I move forward.
Variation: Multiple Child Homeschool
If you have more than one child in your homeschool, you can play this game as a family, even if they are in different grade levels. During each child’s turn, you ask them a word from their individual spelling list. The older kids will have to spell more difficult words, but each child has the same chance of winning.
Variation: Classroom Setting
If you are playing this in a classroom, there are probably too many students for each child to get their own rocket ship. Divide the class into teams, and have each team take turns spelling the words. Whatever team reaches the moon first, wins.
Variation: Other Subjects
This game doesn’t have to be limited to spelling words. You can ask science questions, history questions, or any other subjects that your students are studying. The basic premise remains the same, only the questions are different.
My daughter likes this game so much, I told her that she didn’t have to practice her spelling words yesterday, and she requested to play the game anyway. Not bad for a child who dreads spelling class!