Spelling Gems

Boost spelling skills with this simple word game made from handmade letter gems. Easy to make and fun to use in school and at home, children can learn while they play.

Spelling Gems

Skill Level


Time to Make

45 minutes

Adult Supervision Needed


How to Make

  1. If you’re going to use the spelling gems to teach children the alphabet, you will only need to make 26. If you are going to be using the gems as part of a group spelling activity, you will need to make multiple sets to provide enough letters for children to create words with.
  2. For one set of gems, arrange 26 gems or stones on a flat surface in front of you. Choose 3-5 colours of Deco Pen and write each letter of the alphabet onto a gem/stone, alternating the colours. Make sure your writing is clear and fills most of the surface of the gem/stone.
  3. Make as many sets as required. For additional learning, you might want to make some sets with uppercase letters and other sets with lowercase letters. Mix them all up in a jar or container, pour out onto a table or other flat surface and encourage children to line up the alphabet in order or spell as many different words as they can with them.

Top Tip

Gems or stones that have a flatter base work best and are easier to draw on.

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