English Activities for Active Kids



Last week, we shared five maths activities to appeal to active or sporty kids. This week, we’re sharing five activities relating to English or literacy, that will appeal to active kids who enjoy a physical aspect to their learning.


Sweep the word

Label paper plates with the letters of the alphabet and scatter them on the floor. You’ll need multiples of commonly-used letters. It’s easiest if you work off a list of words, such as a spelling list, to make sure you have sufficient letters.

Give your child a broom and call out a word they need to ‘sweep up’. They then need to sweep each letter, in order, to create that word.

This is great practise for learning spelling list words.


Hit the sight word

This is an easy activity to practise sight words.

Tape up individual sight words on walls, either inside or outside. Give your child a ball and call out sight words for them to throw the ball at. It works equally well with a nerf gun!


Big Boggle

Using A4 sheets of paper, write out a few sets of the letters of the alphabet. Mix them up and put them in a bucket. Ask your child to draw out 16 pages and lay them out on the ground in a 4 x 4 grid. How many words can they make from these letters? They could write the words on paper or use chalk to write the words on the ground.


The Sports Report

What sport does your child enjoy? Football? Rugby? Basketball? Netball? Hockey? Whatever their favourite is, take them to watch a professional game. But before you go: tell them they are going to be chief sports reporter for the game. Print or write up pages in a notebook or on a clipboard, to bring along. Include these kinds of things (but ask your child what else they’d like to include):

The teams playing

The list of players and their positions, for each team

Space for recording the statistics for each player

Space for writing a summary of each quarter/half/term

Then, after the game, or on the following day (whilst it’s still fresh in mind), ask your child to write a match summary, including their highlights, for publication in a newspaper. They can even think of a catchy headline.

If you child prefers a verbal recall, ask them to write a script for a sports Report, television news style. You could even record them with a camera phone and play it back to them.


Procedural writing – obstacle course

Ask your child to create an obstacle course for someone else – a family member or friend. They could incorporate ‘action stations’, such as ‘pick up the skipping rope and do 10 jumps’. They could use anything available in the backyard, or you could all head to the park and use play equipment.

Ask your child to write a step-by-step procedure for completing the obstacle course, with numbered steps. Then, they can give it to someone else to see if they can follow the instructions. Ask them to evaluate their procedure afterwards – was it all clear? Now they’ve seen someone use it, would they change any instructions to make it easier to understand?


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