An easy-to-make spool speller helps kids expand their vocabulary.

DIY Spool Speller
Credit: Alexandra Grablewski

1. Print (or handwrite) four columns of letters on paper, making sure to choose a mix of consonants and vowels. At a loss for letters? Download our easy print-and-cut template.

2. Cut columns into vertical strips with scissors and wrap each one around an empty ribbon spool. Make sure to use spools that have small center openings. (Larger ones won't spin as smoothly.) Secure paper strips to rolls with double-sided tape.

3. Thread the rolls onto a pencil and add eraser toppers to both ends. To play, kids turn each spool, lining up letters to form a word.

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