Homeschooling can get boring. Let’s face it—you spend day after day in your own home, with the same materials, the same people all the time, and the same scenery. If you’re homeschooling on a budget or in a small space, you may be short on things like posters, bulletin boards, and even big arts and crafts projects. You get bored with it. Your kids get bored with it. And sometimes, you just need to shake your day up a little bit.
Here’s one surefire fun idea: create a game to get your kids thinking first thing in the morning. Your best bet is to create it the night before, after they go to bed; but sneaking in and creating it while they’re eating breakfast can also be rewarding. The rules, like traditional Boggle, are simple: use the letters that touch one another to form words. You can give your children a time limit, set them to working on it for a few minutes when they’re ready to start their schoolwork for the morning, or you can let them glance over it throughout the day when they’re between lessons or thinking about something else. It’s fun, it’s easy, and posting it up on the wall creates a whole new degree of interesting, just because it’s something different.
Creating the game:
Print out a series of letters in large font. Take a leaf out of Wheel of Fortune’s book: R, S, T, L, N, and E are common letters. You’re also going to need vowels. You don’t have to use all of them—U is a less common vowel—but adding in an A or an I will go a long way toward creating more words.
Cut out the letters. Even using a standard font, they may be slightly different sizes, but that’s okay—you can just space them apart a little (increasing the size of your board).
Then, piece your game together. Since you’re creating it, if your students are younger, you might want to deliberately create a few words as you go. Putting S, E, T, and A in a cube can present many interesting word combinations.
Keep it going:
If you want to keep the game up for a few days, feel free to rearrange the letters, add and subtract them, or make the board bigger or smaller. If you have younger children, you’ll want to pay particular attention to three-letter words; older children will need longer words to really get their brains working.
Discuss the words that you’ve found with one another. You may be surprised by what your kids come up with!
Once the fun has worn off and your kids are no longer paying attention to it, take it down and start a new game, or change it up. All you need is a big, open wall—so why not?