fly swatter game

Using A Fly Swatter Game At Your Independent Spelling Center

As a teacher, you’re always collecting the most random things. If you were to take a look into my classroom, you’d see a collection of fly swatters. I have every color you can imagine. I even have them in animal shapes. No, I don’t have a fly infestation… (ew!) I just really love a good fly swatter game.

fly swatter game

What Is A Fly Swatter Game?

If you’ve never played a fly swatter game with your students, you’re in for a treat. Usually, they’re played by projecting something onto your white board or overhead screen. When your students see the correct answer, they swat it with the fly swatter!

fly swatter game

Topics For A Fly Swatter Game

My favorite fly swatter game topic is spelling. I found that it makes for a great interactive spelling game! I have also used this for math facts, fraction identification and more. But since a fly swatter game for spelling practice is my favorite, I’ll show you how to set it up and you can vary it for any subject!

fly swatter game 10

Spelling Practice Activities

fly swatter game 12

There are a few ways to set up a fly swatter game for spelling practice. The first way is to make spelling word cards and project them on your board. Usually I laminate them so I can reuse them over and over. I’ll keep them in a ziplock bag so all I have to do is grab a fly swatter and the set I made last year. I’m all ready to go! 

I also make a set of words that are spelled incorrectly. Usually, I just vary by one letter. For example, if you’re teaching consonant blends, I might make a pair of cards that looks like this:

That way, your students see similar words but they have to pay close attention to the words. It poses more of a challenge to them this way. You would not be doing them any service if you gave them two completely different words for spelling practice.

If you are technologically inclined, you can use Powerpoint to make a slideshow to project your words onto your screen. That way, you don’t need to fuss with making and storing spelling word cards.

Fly Swatter Game Expectations

I usually have two students at a time, each with their own fly swatter. If your class is overly competitive, no matter how much you’ve tried to instill sportsmanship, choose one student at a time. 

A word about expectations. Before we play, we go over fly swatter rules. Of course, I’ve already taught them what I expect, but since they’re six, and I can’t remember what I ate for breakfast, a little review for all of us is probably a good idea.

fly swatter game 7

I have them put their hands over their hearts and repeat after me: “I promise… to use a soft tap… with my fly swatter… 

  • I will… only tap… the screen where I am supposed to… 
  • I will not… hit my neighbor… with the fly swatter…
  • I will not… swing the fly swatter around… in the air… like a helicopter…
  • I will… be happy… for my friend… if they get the answer before me…”

You get the idea!

Now You’re Ready To Play!

Now that you’re all ready, let’s play a fly swatter game! The faster the better too! This is meant to go pretty quickly, so your students learn to start recognizing the words. I usually love lots of wait time for my kiddos to think a problem through, but in this case, I’ll have introduced our spelling skill a few days before and it’s time for them to show me what they’ve got!

If you use cards, have them ready to go. You’ll put up two at a time on your screen. I like to stand in front of the projector so they don’t see them. I move out of the way, and they choose their word!

With a PowerPoint presentation, it’s WAY easier. I push the spacebar to advance my slides, and voila! I have a quick fly swatter game!

Purchase A Fly Swatter Game Here

When we were 100% virtual learning, my students complained each week about how much they missed playing a fly swatter game right before their spelling test. 

fly swatter game

So I made a digital version for them! Your students will move the fly swatter to the correct word on Google Slides or Seesaw. Or, they’ll choose the word to “swat” for interactive spelling games as Boom Learning Cards! You can purchase a set through any of the links below! (Just click on the pictures.) There are seven sets for any of the spelling skills you might teach!

I’ve also included a PowerPoint for you! You don’t need to make your own copy! Click on any of these pictures to purchase ready-made fly swatter games!

cvc short vowel words
silent e rule
vowel digraphs activities
consonant blends activities 2
words with consonant digraphs 2
diphthongs activity 1
r controlled vowels activities 1
fly swatter games 1

And I love a good center spelling practice activity, so I’ve also included the images from the PowerPoint for you to print and laminate. Add them to your spelling center with a few fly swatters, and you’ve got yourself a great spelling practice center!

fly swatter game

P.S. A word about Seesaw – It’s my favorite learning platform for my classroom. I absolutely love how interactive it is! But I didn’t love teaching my kiddos how to use Seesaw. So I made learning the Seesaw tools into a game. So, at the beginning of every year, we go on a SEESAW SCAVENGER HUNT to discover what we can do with the program! You can get the scavenger hunt for free here!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Rachael Hull

Rachael Hull

Teaching literacy and facilitating literacy stations has been a passion of Rachael's and she wants to help you gain confidence in your classroom!


Scroll to Top

Seesaw Scavenger Hunt

Enter your best email to receive the Seesaw Scavenger Hunt from Teaching Firsties.

You will receive the scavenger hunt in your email. If you don’t receive it within 10 minutes, check your spam folder. If you still do not see it, contact admin@teachingfirsties and we will resend it to you.

This will subscribe you to the Teaching Firsties weekly newsletter. You can unsubscribe at any time. 

Cookies - we have them here too!  Only good ones.
Read about them, or accept to continue.