Let’s Build a Word!

A very warm welcome to our newest sponsor, WordWorld!! You may recognize WordWorld from the hit PBS Kids television show, but did you know that they also have several free printables and free eBooks available on their website that are designed to promote early literacy skills? They even have a WordWorld iPhone app available for purchase. Pst! There’s a surprise giveaway at the end of this post!!

For Clara, there is nothing more motivating than CAKE!! So after cutting out some letters with construction paper, and making a quick sign, I invited her to the table to “build a word” WordWorld style! She was given the letters out of order, but used the sign as a guide to match the letters and build her cake. Yay!!

She loved decorating her cake with lots of icing and candles!!

“Ta-da!! I did it! I built a word!!!” I love how this simple activity gave her some early literacy success, and she went on to “build” several more words, and do lots of coloring pages downloaded from the WordWorld website this afternoon!

Now the fun part — We were provided with a free copy of WordWorld’s DVD, Get Up and Move, and one very lucky Frugal Family Fun Blog reader will win one too!! Giveaway is open to all US residents. To enter for your chance to win, leave a comment on this post! Winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email. Giveaway ends Wednesday, May 4th 2011 @ 6:30pm EST.

A big thank you to WordWorld for sponsoring this post and giveaway!!

Good luck!!


  1. yes we love world word too though I swear the more my son thinks people want him to do something – like recognize letters – the more he pretends he can’t.

  2. We LOVE word world!!!!

  3. That is SO awesome!! My kids love WordWorld. I didn’t know about their site w the printables. Thanks for posting about that. I’m def gonna check it out!!!

  4. I Looooooove word world it is my favorite kids program, so creative. I will do this craft with my kids for sure. You have some really great ideas, Thank You!!!!! Lets build a word FRUGAL!

  5. Jennifer S says

    We are huge wordworld fans! Thanks so much for the link to their site. The printable will be great to use this summer.

  6. Thanks for this giveaway! Keeping my fingers crossed. πŸ™‚

  7. My 4 year old has been watching Word World for a year now. He is one of a handful of kids in his preschool class that can spell words. He watches this cartoon everyday:) He enjoys the music and the stories as much as spelling words. My 15 month old even likes to watch! We love PBS and Word World!!

  8. Let’s Build a Word! Word World! Huge Word World Fans here!!! πŸ™‚

  9. We love WordWorld. Madison is 4 and really loves anything that involves spelling. How cool that they are a new sponsor for you. Congrats. Still loving your blog. Just bought all the supplies to make the clouds with the bath sponge. Madison is excited to try it.

  10. We love Wordworld and I love your website. πŸ™‚

  11. We love WordWorld! Definitely going to check out their printables!

  12. We also love WordWorld…and your blog too!

  13. We are huge PBS fans but Word World really takes the “CAKE”. My 3yr old loves to watch the show and I don’t feel the least bit guilty about letting her. She brings so much of what she sees there into her play.

  14. Love WordWorld! My Clara is obsessed with it right now and this DVD would be a Godsend on our upcoming 12 hour road trip.

  15. My kids, ages 4, almost 3, and 1, all LOVE WordWorld! I love it also, it gives me a brief period to get some chores done without “helping” hands πŸ˜‰ Definitely going to check out the printables on their site!

  16. We watch WordWorld at home with my boys. Recently I found a couple of dvds and bought them to share with my preschoolers as well. I love that the show is entertaining and also teaches some phonics and word knowledge skills throughout.

  17. Dottie W. says

    We like WordWorld too, just never occurred to me to check for a website!

  18. Erin Zackey says

    Oh our family would enjoy this and we’ll have to try some of these activities too!

  19. Michelle Eckman says

    We love word World too, such a great learning too and so catchy. Love the things you did with Clara, gives me some new things to try, now off to check out the web site.

  20. We love WordWorld. Such a cute show!

  21. Very cute. We don’t watch a lot of TV so it’s rare that we catch this show, but I LOVE it! PBS is the only place to find decent kids programming that actually teaches something.

  22. Thanks for another great suggestion for our kids!

  23. This is great! Except now I’ve got the WordWorld song in my head…my 4 yr. old son would enjoy this…he likes the show, but he’s also building words on his own now. Today he wrote PLES on the picture of the police station he drew. LOVE.IT.

  24. We love WordWorld! It’s so cute and creative. Even I like watching it! πŸ™‚

  25. We love Word World. Off to check out their site!

  26. What fun! Sammy likes this show!

  27. yes we love world word too !

  28. Love it!

  29. “C” loves Word World — it has really helped her pick up some of her letters and sounds. ; )
    Such a cute project — will have to do some printables with her!!

  30. Ashley Lindberg says

    Harrison LOVES word world. And I LOVE that project idea! I think I may use it in my classroom!

  31. What a great idea! I can’t wait to try this with my child! What fun!

  32. I Love This!! A wonderful way to learn to build words. Thank you for sharing.

  33. Our daughter absolutely loves word world. It is her all time favorite show on PBS. Definitely going to have to take a look at their site for those printable. Thanks Valerie!

  34. We love Word World…It’s time to build a word. Let’s build it. Let’s build it now!

  35. We love Word World. In fact the other day Little M was trying out letter sounds and I think word world is partly responsible. Great idea putting it into a craft!

  36. Oh, totally stealing this idea right now. Why hadn’t I thought of that?

  37. Thanks for another great giveaway.

  38. My daughter will ‘build’ words with her bathtub letters and say “Look I built a word”.

  39. Such a simple activity that is so easy and educational. Thanks!

  40. My daughter loves this show. Not a lot of tv at my house, but we make time for Word World!

  41. We’ve never seen Word World. The video looks interesting. I love the activity. Cake. Yum!

  42. This show is a hit in my house! We could watch the DVD’s on our road trips.

  43. Thanks for letting us know about Word world! Looks interesting and fun.

  44. My kids love Word World! We’d love to win the dvd, too! Thanks for the great giveaway ~
    Laura πŸ™‚

  45. My 2 year old can spell thanks to WordWorld; we’d love to win!

  46. Amazing how simple learning can be! Thanx

  47. This is an awesome activity! Maybe too soon for my 2 year old, but she recognizes so many letters thanks to Word World. I love me some suh-hark!

  48. We would love to win the dvd. Our three year old loves the show.

  49. Word world is constantly on my sons tv. We love word world in this house. Such and intertaining way to help them learn letters and spell and read!!

  50. We love Word World!!! This is a great give-away :)!!!!

  51. Terri Malone says

    This is an awesome idea thanks for the giveaway chance

  52. We love WordWorld too πŸ™‚ And PBS Kids in general!

  53. Who doesn’t love some cake?!? :>) Thanks for the chance!!

  54. We love Word World – the song is so catchy! I’d love to win!

  55. We have only watched WordWorld once or twice, but would love to see it some more!

  56. That is such a fun idea:) I will borrow this !!! Rowan first found this show two weeks ago and I wasn’t too sure about it because se is only permitted 20 minutes per day and I didn’t want her to “waste” it–but she really liked it because she is in her word finding stage:) thanks!!

  57. I love “WordWorld”, and so does my 2 1/2 yr. old. LOL!

  58. my 3 year old loves wordworld.

  59. Great ideas as always! Thanks for the give-away!

  60. I love this. We are big WordWorld fans. This activity is great and I feel like I can think of a dozen more like it…! We would love this dvd!

  61. My Boaz's Ruth says

    Thank you so much!

    My son loves WordWorld (we check it out of the library so far) and building words out of his alphabet puzzle (though we have to be careful to choose words with no more than 1 of any particular letter). He’d LOVE this as well!

  62. My daughter loves Word World. I love the CAKE activity mentioned in this post!! what other words are u making???

  63. What a great giveaway! My kids love WordWorld!

  64. It’s so fun seeing your little girls grow up on the blog- been following you for a while now (but not in a creeper-stalkish way!) Would love to win this! Good luck to all.

  65. My daughter loves Word world. It’s a cute show. dramaqueensmum@gmail.com

  66. That is such a cute craft! My kids LOVE Word World, and the DVD sounds great =)

  67. I have just discovered the WordWorld website and games and am in love. The Duck’s Alphabet game is fantastic. Can’t wait to play it with my son!

  68. Elizabeth says

    I have been hearing a lot about WordWorld..time to check it out!

  69. WordWorld!! We love it!

  70. Yeah Word World!

  71. What a great idea and fun way to learn.

  72. What a great and fun way to learn! I’m so going to check this out πŸ™‚

  73. Crystal R says

    My kids are 3, 5, and 7 and they ALL love WORDWORLD – let’s build it, let’s build it now!

  74. We love WordWorld here! I didn’t realize they had so many other online resources – thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  75. My daughter LOVES WordWorld..winning this would be awesome!!

    As for “Build a Word” we will definitely be doing this this weekend.

  76. Beth DeWaal says

    We love Word World! It’s so fun and educating all in on! Thanks for the info about what’s online!

  77. We love WordWorld. I can’t wait to see what the site has to offer.

  78. Love it! Wordworld rocks!

  79. Cutting out letters now! This is such a fantastic idea. My son is never prouder when he is “reading”. Thank you!

  80. My daughter loves Word World! Today, when I put my daughter down for her nap, she decided we needed to pray for all of the characters on the show! I didn’t quite catch what she was doing when said, “Duck” but by “Sheep” I knew who she meant!

  81. Wow! I would love that dvd. It will be great for the early reading that i am trying with my 4 year old

  82. Elsje Kumpon says

    I’ve never seen Word World, but I’m sure my boys would love it!

  83. Love WordWorld! My son would love this!

  84. WE are just beginning to get into WordWorld at our house, but this would be fun to try and use. I love the cake making craft…

  85. This is awesome! My son loves Word World!..But sadly, I never thought about turning the WordWorld’s words into a craft for my child to make πŸ™‚ will definitely be doing this in the very near future!!!

  86. i love that show! don’t know why i’ve never thought to play this game with my kids before.

  87. Christine says

    My kids love that show! Thanks for the giveaway.

  88. Word World is such a neat and educational show! The whole family enjoys it!

  89. We also love WordWorld! So fun!

  90. We love word world. What a great new sponsor.

  91. My toddler loves “Word World” and I think he even learned a couple new letters that he had been struggling to get. I never thought to check the website, but I am going there next! Thanks

  92. Taralynn says

    This would be an incredible win for us!!

  93. Word world is a great show and I love this art idea. We are going to do it today πŸ™‚

  94. My daughter loves Wordworld and would love to win this! And your blog is awesome – we’ve done so many of the activities!

  95. Cute craft! My son love WordWorld. Thanks for the great ideas πŸ™‚

  96. My son is watching Word World right now–I’ll definitely be trying this out!

  97. My daughter is a Word World fan, for sure! I’m disappointed in myself for not thinking of this activity earlier, but grateful for the suggestion from you now! Thanks!

  98. Tina M. says

    Wow! What a great activity! I can’t wait to try it with my boys!

  99. We are big word world fans here. Would love to win this. Thanks for the chance.

  100. My boys would love it!

  101. My little one loves word world and she’s turning 3 on July! It will be a nice birthday gift to her! Thanks for all your wonderful ideas! I love them!

  102. kathie magin says

    WordWorld is one of my son’s favorite shows

  103. Julie Dell says

    Word World is such a great show! My son now sounds out random words and tells me what letter they start with….it’s happens to always be the wrong letter, but he can’t read yet lol.

  104. We love wordworld!!

  105. Catherine says

    Wordworld is a great show. πŸ™‚

  106. How cool is this!!!!!! I will be stealing the craft idea for our weekend crafts:) my daughter loves building words and making her words look like what they are πŸ™‚ so much fun (and the very cute we did it dance at the end hehehe)
    I know she would just love to see wordworld again –we dont get it anymore !

  107. Our family loves to build words. What a great exercise. Thank you.

  108. WordWorld is the one video that I actually let my son watch on occasion. He’s still a little too young for this idea, but it’s something I’m going to start cutting so we’ll be ready when he is too. Thanks for this idea!