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Magic spoon! free printable :)

I recently saw this great idea on PINTEREST.....I knew I wanted to make my own.  This is such a fun, cheap and easy center to make for word work.  Here is a sample of my version....

This center is easy to change depending on your word list AND it is very cheap. I got a box of 24 gold spoons for 3 dollars at Party City! :)

The site  TEACHER BITS AND BOB : Click here to go there  has 3 free pages of printables!!!! Thanks so much for sharing your amazing idea! :)


  1. Cool idea! Thanks for posting!

    Lori (
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  2. i don't understand. is this to teach kids to make up words? or to teach them what are NOT words? what is a mig? a mot? a mip? i am confused! this is the first time i see this. i never saw it on pinterest. maybe you could let the rest of us in on the concept? thanks :)

    1. It is to reinforce phonics/phonemic awareness. So mot for example, it has a short o sound, so if the child said it like "mope" that would be incorrect.

    2. Also, nonsense words are key when it comes to truly understanding phonics :) If a student can sound out a nonsense word then we know they are truly understanding how to sound out words as a whole.

  3. I was wondering the same thing...sort of.
    Are there a bunch of spoons with different letters? Are they suppose to figure out which spoon makes a word?
    It looks cute but needs a BIT more explaination, or a couple more pictures/samples.

  4. I wonder if you made a T chart page where after the kids read the word they have to record it on the paper. If they believe it is a real word they would record it on that side of the page. If they think it is a non-sense (or made up) word they would record it on the opposite side. I love the idea though and might try to make one and add the recording sheet.

  5. Making nonsense words is still a great way to teach phonics. They can also state whether or not it is a word or not. It's a great de-coding strategy, and it also teaches word vs. not a word discrimination. Thanks for posting!

  6. I'm a speech pathologist who works a lot in literacy: it's great to give children the skills to read non-words - if they are using strategies to decode words, they'll be able to approach new words in new contexts with confidence. Don't stress about the non-words; just tell them mip isn't a real word, it's pretend. But then they can read made up names and things like "muggle" in Harry Potter. This is a cool literacy activity.

  7. Love it! Any time I can bring in a different manipulative, it increases the bits of time my struggling (failing) readers will spend with the different word families and letter sounds. AND it uses their thinking skills in determining whether it's nonsense or real.

    Then there are the ones that don't work, like ded---dead, of course---and it gives a chance to discuss how English doesn't always follow the rules. Good times. ;)

    Thank you!


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