‘Catch’, ‘throw’ and ‘roll’ your way to better reading…


If your child has difficulties in reading, seems to skip over words or misreads high-frequency words (eg. and, here, they, go, do, Mrs etc- there are around 300 of these) then this little activity is for you!

In the picture, you will see that I have taped some high frequency words to little plastic balls that I found in my son’s toy box. You could also buy cheap ping pong balls and write straight onto them, with words your child finds difficult to read.

Play in the bath by throwing the balls to each other whilst reading the words, play catch, roll them to each other if catching and throwing aren’t their forte. Make reading and learning these words fun!

The more your child is exposed to these words the better and then the writing and spelling will follow.

Remember that he/she must be able to read the words before they are able to spell them so if your child seems to have difficulty spelling the words then check to see if they can in fact read them first.

You could also use this activity to help older children learn new science words, maths words etc.

Happy throwing everyone!

Let’s get messy!


Finger painting!! I wasn’t too sure how this would go down with my 14 month old or should I say, I wasn’t too sure if he was going to try and eat it or not! Sigh of relief…he didn’t! He quite enjoyed it actually. 

This is such a fun activity to do with children of any age. It is multi-sensory and would be great for children with dyslexia and dyspraxia.


* Teaching primary colours

* Practising letters and sounds…E.g. teaching the ‘y’ sound…use yellow finger paint to make a picture with this sound and all things that are yellow!

* Helping with fine motor control. 

* A fun outlet for children with a creative streak. 

Not to mention a great activity to occupy the kids and keep them out of trouble when you need to do some housework, make the tea or simply have a cup of tea yourself! 

Just make sure you stick the finished product up onto the fridge to celebrate their successes! 

Finger paints can be picked up from supermarkets. 

Happy painting everyone!



Even more MEGA!



In my previous post I talked about how ‘Mega Bloks’ can be used to aid  babies and toddlers’ learning. Now I wanted to touch upon how they can be used to help children with dyspraxia. Children with dyspraxia may often have difficulties with fine motor control, be unable to remember and/or follow instructions and have difficulty in developing their social skills when it comes to play.

A toy like ‘Mega Bloks’ can help with all of these things. They:

* Improve fine motor skills…once their confidence has grown with the Mega Bloks you can then progress to Duplo and then Lego.

* Instructions- explain step by step (one instruction at a time) how to build an aeroplane or a car.

E.g. Instruction 1. “Take the yellow block.”

Instruction 2. “Put it onto the blue block.” and so forth.

To the non-dyspraxic person, we might put those two instructions together to become one but it is much better to start small and progress to two instructions together once the child’s confidence has grown.

* Social skills.. create a game with the blocks, perhaps supervised at first so that you can set examples of how to play together.

Just because a child with dyspraxia dismisses playing with the lego that their peers are using, doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t have a desire to play with it.  It may be because they have been unable to play with it successfully before and so have a low self-esteem and confidence.

Think building blocks, you can’t build a house without the foundations.

Little steps = big results.

Mega loads of fun!


Mega Bloks are a great tool for both parents and teachers. When we first got these my little one got stuck in and spent most of his time knocking over what Mummy and Daddy had been building for him, cheeky monkey. But this is ok. Knocking over the blocks is something that he is able to do at 12 months and he’ll progress to building things as he gets older and continues to watch what Mummy and Daddy do.

It is very easy to think to ourselves “what is the point of me spending time building things when all he does is knock them over” but all is not lost at this stage…

This in itself is a great learning opportunity for his language development:

1. When the tower falls use words like “CRASH”, “BANG”, “TIMBER” and then put them into a sentence. E.g. “The tower fell down with a BANG!”

2. Build the tower with him/her using alternate colours..only have the blue and red blocks out for example and make a pattern…he may not fully understand what you are doing right now but still a great opportunity to show them sequencing, patterns and colours! He will soon cotton on!