Giant Crossword Puzzle for Kids

Sight word and spelling word games are probably my very favorite kid activities. We haven’t done outside spelling or sight word practice for a while and I thought was about time (the weather is perfect for it). We loved sight word twister, so I put some thought into finding another game that I could modify using Big M spelling word list.

I decided on a giant crossword puzzle designed around his spelling words. Fun right?! I thought so…. and so did Big M.

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giant sidewalk crossword puzzle for kids - great for spelling practice

Giant Crossword Puzzle for Kids

what you need:  Sidewalk chalk, a spelling list (or an already created crossword like, in the sky crossword), and some paper.

  • Write out the crossword on a piece of paper first. That way it’s easy to fix if you need to rearrange words.
  • Start with the biggest words and work out from there. Try to intertwine the words as much as possible… so it looks like a real crossword puzzle.
  • Write out a sentence for each word. Using the across and down method. I tried to keep the sentences as simple as possible so that Big M could read them himself. Leave a blank space in the sentence where the spelling word would have gone.

giant sidewalk crossword puzzle for kids - great for spelling practice

  • Once you have your crossword planned, it’s time to move outside. I used an old cereal box to make a square template. Mine was 4″ x 4″. It was a little small. I think next time I will make 6″ x 6″ squares.
  • Trace the template over and over to create the crossword puzzle. I started with the middle and worked out.
  • Fill in the numbers to match your across and down sentences.

giant sidewalk crossword puzzle for kids - great for spelling practice

  • Fill in a few letters just to get the ball rolling.
  • Step back a bit and let your little one have some fun practicing their spelling words.

giant sidewalk crossword puzzle for kids - great for spelling practice

Tips for Successful Set Up and Execution of this Spelling Word Activity

  • It took a pretty long time for me to get the crossword puzzle made. Long enough that Big M was hovering, anxiously. Ideally, I would have liked to get it made WITHOUT him. Next time I’ll suggest he stays inside until it’s ready.
  • Suggest your speller start with an easy one. And if they get stuck suggest they find one that has letters. Are there more letters they can fill in?
  • Add in a few words they know how to spell. This would be important for kids who get frustrated easily or who work best with a lot of wins along the way.

How to talk to kids about spelling words

  • Is this the first time they’ve seen the words or is this a list they’ve had some practice with? For a first-time run-through, point out tips for the words. Fri and end is friend. What works for you personally? I bet your kid would benefit from knowing what works for you.
  • Help figure out words that might work in the sentence. Ask how many letters a word they think might work is. Will it fit?

Does your family like crossword puzzles? Have you tried a crossword puzzle for kids?


  1. This giant crossword puzzle is perfect for kids! It will give them hours of fun and help them learn new words. With this puzzle, they will be able to build their vocabulary and problem-solving skills.

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