Pre-K kids love Write the Room games! It’s such a fun way for them to move around the room, get up and get active–all while practicing important skills.
Here are three Write the Room activities that Pre-K children can do.
Write the room activities are a great way to incorporate writing into active learning.
By having to physically move around the room, write the room activities provide a great way of including physical activity into the learning process.
In addition, write the room activities can be adapted easily to different levels and teaching styles, making them an ideal choice for active learning.
Rainbow Write the Room
From the second the kids began this activity, excitement filled the air! Rainbow Write the Room was a huge hit. Kids who never attempted to write or even draw, were suddenly excited about it! In my class, this was an independent small group activity (we have 2 groups with a teacher and 2 groups working independently).
To prepare Rainbow Write the Room, print letter outlines (printable below) onto card stock paper. Card stock works better since these are hanging on the wall and the stiffer surface of card stock is easier for the kids to write on (especially with an uneven surface like cinder block walls). Since card stock costs more and this activity uses 26 sheets, I collected all of the pages, stacked them, and printed more letters on the back of the papers for the next day’s group of kids.
Attach these all around the room to the walls and on furniture. Loops of masking tape on the back worked great, and with the wide masking tape, two pieces on the back were enough.
Give each child in the group a different color crayon, and ask them to only use that color. For example, Griffin has green, Josie has red, Macy has purple, etc. Have the kids go around the room, finding the letters. As they find each letter, they write the letter inside the outline using their color. Every child writes on every letter (I made sure to tell them that even if they see someone else’s writing on a letter, they still need to write in their color.) When they are done, all of the letters around the room will look like rainbow letters!
The kids were so motivated to do Rainbow Write the Room, and everyone was engaged in the activity! Be sure to demonstrate this with the kids before they start so they understand what you want them to do, and how they will all write on the same letters.
Download: Uppercase Letter Outlines
Download: Lowercase Letter Outlines
Find the Letters in Your Name
For this game, half of the paper says “Letters in my name” and the other half says “Letters not in my name”. Children attach these to clipboards and walk around the room looking for letters in the classroom. When they found a letter, they decide which half of the paper to write it on. Is the letter they found also in their name? Or is it not in their name?
Survey the Room
In this activity, children get to go around the classroom surveying their friends for likes and dislikes. I have these in a pocket folder in our writing center for the children to get when they choose. To use this printable, children ask a teacher to fill in the blank with whatever they want to survey their friends: “Do you like _____?” Some children ask for the word to be spelled while they write the letters. Some examples my prekinders have done are: Do you like pizza? Do you like pink? Do you like Scooby Doo? Do you like chocolate milk? and many more. Children go around the room asking other children their question, and writing the names in the yes/no boxes. If they don’t know how to write a name, they copy it from a name tag or ask that child to write it.
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