Fun Games for Dyslexia

Games for dyslexia should be fun and educational. Fun activities can help children learn spelling, reading, and mathematics in a non-threatening way. All children like to play games especially if they feel that they can win at least some of the time.

Word Games

Word games for dyslexia can help children find spelling patterns. Word patterns can help children learn to read and spell.

My children like to play rhyming games. I will think of an ending sound such as "at" my children then go though the alphabet finding words that end with "at" such as bat. If they write a letter combination that is not a word and they think that it is they need to look up the word in the dictionary. You can give points for correct words.

Rhyming words can also be played with long vowel sounds. Try ate or ake. When you assign eat make sure that your child also spells the eet words. Assign extra points for beet and feat.

You can make it more game like by dividing a paper plate into sections. On each section of the plate write an ending sound. Make a spinner out of cardboard and a brad. Have the child spin and make words. You could also give your child a time limit for making the words.

If you have two or more children with similar abilities you can play word bingo. There are bingo games that you can buy or you can make your own with words your child is familiar with.

I have made word match games that the children I have worked with have enjoyed. On set of cards draw different pictures. If you do not draw well you can use clip art. On another set of cards write the names of the items. Place the cards face down on a table. The child is to match the drawing to the written word.

There are some board games that would be good to have. Board games can be difficult for children who have difficulty with verbal recall. You could try to get the child used to the game by letting him play with the pieces and reading the game manual.

Math Games

Games for dyslexia can also include math games. Some children struggle with math facts. One way to help is to count something at least once a day. Count how many raisins in a box. Eat some and count again. Count a hundred marbles. Have your child count his toys. When you are counting make it a game. Count the items with him. Do silly things like grab some marbles while he is counting.

When your child is learning to multiply, have him count by twos, fives, tens, etc. When you are folding laundry, have your child match the socks. Have him count by two to see how many socks there are. Make up silly stories such as how many sock would three octopi need. Have your child group the socks to show you.

Dice games can be helpful for teaching math. Have your child roll two dice together and add the dice. Yatzee is a good game to teach both addition and multiplication. Educational and game store also sell dice with more sides than six.

You can make a multiplication bingo game using the multiplication fact sheet. You call out the equation and your child marks off the answer on the sheet.

None of my games for dyslexia are researched based. They are fun activities that I have used with my own children and other children that I have worked with.

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