Have your kids fallen in love with kinetic sand? Mine have! In fact my 8-year-old had it at the top of her very short list for Christmas. So this week as we work on compound words, we are using our kinetic sand for stamping the words. Stamping compound words with kinetic sand is a great way to work on spelling & fine-motor skills while using the kids’ favorite “dough”.

– Life Over C's stamping compound words in kinetic sand

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Materials Needed for the Compound Word Stamping Activity:

  • Laminating Supplies
  • Kinetic Sand
  • Jumbo Alphabet Stamps
  • Plastic Activity Tray
– Life Over C's This compound word stamping activity with free printable compound word cards is great for building fine-motor skills while working on spelling. 12 different word sets to practice.

To prep: Print and laminate the word cards. Cut them apart.

I chose to display 4 of the 16 word sets on the tray with the kinetic sand. You can choose to display more, but that is what we had room for. I will switch out the words as we use them to create a “new” activity.

– Life Over C's Stamping compound words with free printable compound word cards is great for building fine-motor skills while working on spelling. 16 different word sets to practice.

We selected one of the picture-only cards that represent the compound words and then found the matching word-part cards to learn the correct spelling.

– Life Over C's This compound word stamping activity with free printable compound word cards is great for building fine-motor skills while working on spelling. 12 different word sets to practice.

Moving to larger words can seem difficult to new readers. It’s hard for them to see the individual sounds within the words. By starting the transition with compound words, kids quickly learn that larger words are made up of smaller words or sounds that they are already familiar with and they can decode the words using the sounds they know.

Kids can easily recognize the words on the picture-supported cards and use them to create the bigger compound words.

We displayed the cards on the kinetic sand and then used the jumbo lowercase alphabet stamps to press the letters into the kinetic sand.

– Life Over C's Stamping compound words with free printable compound word cards is great for building fine-motor skills while working on spelling. 16 different word sets to practice.

I noticed that as she pressed the stamps into the kinetic sand that it was giving her fingers a good workout. Which is great for building her fine-motor skills.

You could choose to have the kids record the finished words in their notebooks for additional practice. Or take pictures with an iPad or iPhone for a quick assessment of understanding.

Another fun activity is to have the kids think of more compound words and draw pictures in their notebooks to represent the word parts.

– Life Over C's stamping compound words in kinetic sand
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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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8 Comments

  1. Thank you for all the printable activities! How do you store all of them after laminating? I have so many for different themes and I can’t figure out a good way to store them all when not in use…thanks!

    1. I keep each activity in a gallon size plastic bag and then store them in a plastic storage tub for each theme.

    1. We just have one set that we use for both kintetic sand and ink. You can just give them a quick rinse after you are done using them in the kinetic sand.

  2. What a creative use of kinetic sand! I’m going to have to use this one for practicing spelling words! Thanks for sharing at the Thoughtful Spot!

  3. Wow – I had never even considered using stampers in kinetic sand. This opens up a whole range of activities for us – thank you!

  4. Such a fun idea! My son loves kinetic sand, so I’m sure this would be a hit. Definitely saving for future reference.