Learning to Spell While Playing Basketball
I have two really active kids and sometimes playing basketball helps us to get our wiggles out. We put up a little hoop in our hallway and bought a smaller basket ball, so we play inside right now. But, in the summer we have an outdoor basketball hoop that we play with. So I thought why not turn it into a learning experience. My kids have really enjoyed this activity and actually ask to play it everyday.
How to Play:
If you have ever played the game “Horse” before, then this should be an easy game for you. All you do is choose a word that the kids are having a hard time learning to spell. We rotate words, so one day we do words that my 5 year old needs to work on. Other days, we work on words that my 8 year old needs to learn. The last word that we worked on was the word, out. You then need to decided in which order everyone will shoot the ball. We usually go youngest to oldest. Then the first person, takes the ball where ever they would like, and tries to make a basket from that spot. If they make the shot, the person after them has to make it. If the person after them misses making the basket, from the same spot where the person before them made a basket, they would receive the first letter in the word. So for us, they would receive the letter o. Then the next person gets to shoot the ball from whatever spot they would like to. If they miss then the next person gets the ball. So let me show you an example of how one game would go.
Example of A Game:
Player 1: shoots the ball from where ever they would like. If they make it then player 2 must make a basket from the same spot that Player 1 did. If Player 1 misses their shot, then Player 2 gets the ball.
Player 2: Must make the same shot that Player 1 just made or, if Player 1 missed their shot, then Player 2 can now try to make a basket from anywhere that they choose.
Player 3: If Player 1 and Player 2 both made a basket from the same place, then Player 3 must now try to make the same shot. If they make it, then the ball gets passed onto the next player. If Player 2 missed their shot, then Player 3 can try to make a shot from anywhere that they choose.
Player 4: Play continues in the same way as it did for Player 3. And so on. You can have as many players as you would like.
- If any player misses a shot that a previous player made, then they receive the next letter in the word that they are spelling.
- If any player makes a shot and then all the other players make the same shot, then the player who started the shot, can now try to make a basket from a new spot.
When You Are Out of The Game:
When you receive all the letters in the word that you are trying to spell you are out of the game. For example, when we playing basketball and are trying to spelling the word out, any person that ends up with the letters, O, U, and T, is out of the game. If you decided to use the word was, then any person with the letters, W, A, and S is out of the game.
How To Win The Game:
The last person, that does not have all the letters from the word that you are trying to spell, wins the game.
- Have fun, and share some photos of your kids playing basketball, while learning how to spell new words.