Ta-dah! You have a Nonsense Word Highway. Start your engines and see how far you can get in one minute. It’s been a classroom favorite for years now and it’s so simple. Anyone can do this!
(If you want to check it out, I have a differentiated freebie for this activity too. Just click on the picture above.)
I use these mini Jenga-like building pieces,
write nonsense words on the wood pieces and have my kinders read them as they retrieve them from the tower. Say it correctly and you get to keep the stick. Say it incorrectly and it goes on top the tower.
Of course you have seen my iceberg pals and how I use them to jump form nonsense iceberg to nonsense iceberg.
Often, I have the kids play the role of penguin or polar bear and do the hopping from iceberg to iceberg for a kinesthetic twist. (Do you love the toe socks or what?)
This is easy to do for any theme. This one I used for spring and told them they were bunnies jumping. Just get whatever seasonal foamie you can find.
How about filling your sensory table with green rice for St. Pat’s Day and having your kindergarteners search for nonsense gold?
(They’re old PTO tokens that were going to be thrown out! Now they’re gold!) Don’t have any old PTO tokens hand on any gold pieces? No worries, I can set you up with this St. Pat’s freebie that will do the trick.
So kick the “nonsense words are boring” rut and spice up your routine a bit. Of course, there are tons of other activities I do such as this card game
but these are just a few that I actually had a few pictures readily available. I’d love to hear back from you all to hear what you do to spice up your nonsense word work. So drop me a note.