Free Spelling Games

students playing a spelling game in the classroom

Our free spelling games add a lot of fun to your weekly spelling word practice routine. Try one this week!

In this game, called Shady Spelling, we've created game boards at three different levels. The words come from our own graded spelling lists.

Shady Spelling



1. Each pair of students needs a game board, a standard die, and a light and dark crayon of similar colors. For example, Player 1 needs a dark blue crayon and a light blue crayon. Player 2 needs a dark green crayon and a light green crayon.

Players take turns rolling the die and following these instructions:
    Roll 1, 2, or 3: Color any correctly-spelled word on the board with  your dark crayon.
    Roll 4, 5, or 6: Cross out a misspelled word. Write it correctly in the space. Color it with your light crayon.

green playing die

3. Near the end of the game, you may have to miss a turn. For example, if you roll a 2 and there are no more correct words to color, you lose that turn.

Play until all the spaces are colored.

Check your answers. Note that sometimes you can make more than one new word from an incorrectly-spelled word.

The player with the most correctly colored spaces is the winner.

More Game Boards and Answer Keys

Level A - Game board with 2nd grade spelling words
Level A - Answers

Level B - Game board with 3rd grade spelling words
Level B - Answers

Level C - Game board with 4th grade spelling words
Level C - Answers

More Free Spelling Games

4th grade boys working on spelling activities

We have LOTS of free spelling games here at Spelling Words Well. See the entire collection, or check out just a few here:

Double the Fun - To double or not to double the final consonant when adding a suffix? Another great game for spelling fun!  For grades 3 - 5.

Spelling Bee Games - Try one of our new Silent Spelling Bee variations. A fun--and quiet--twist on  a classic game! For grades 2-6.

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Consonant vs. Vowels - A challenging game for spelling review!
Grades 4 - 6.

Fifty-Fifty - Fun word game for kids. Older students earn points as they engage in word play and spelling fun. Grades 4 - 8.

Missing Letters and In Between - Two super-simple ways for students to practice spelling, develop their vocabulary and practice dictionary skills. Grades 4 - 8.

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