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Match and Spell Game

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Match and Spell Game

A fun first reading and spelling activity.

  • Encourage letter recognition and word building
  • Two ways to play!
  • Top 5 bestseller
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    Match and Spell encourages letter recognition, teaches phonetic word building and promotes matching of pictures and words, from simple words like 'cat' to more complex four letter words. There are two ways to play, and the game is designed for both guided and independent word building.

    In the first version of the game, players must match the letter cards to the letters shown on their board in the correct order to build a word. This is a simple matching game which is a great way to introduce letter shapes and sounds. As children get more familiar with the letter sounds they will progress to reading the words out loud. In the more challenging version of the game, players use the blank side of their boards and use the letter cards to build the word of the picture shown. These must be placed in the correct order.

    With friendly illustrations and simple gameplay that progresses as children learn, it's no surprise that Match and Spell is our bestselling language and literacy game! Match and Spell Next Steps is a great follow-on from this game for children aged 5 and over.


    • 12 double-sided 3 letter word boards
    • 8 double-sided 4 letter word boards
    • 68 letter cards
    • 1 instruction leaflet

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    • Encourages DiscussionEncourages Discussion
    • Promotes Language and Literacy SkillsPromotes Language and Literacy Skills
    • Develops Matching and Memory SkillsDevelops Matching and Memory Skills
    • Encourages Observational SkillsEncourages Observational Skills
    • Bestseller!Bestseller!
    • 2 Ways to Play2 Ways to Play

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    Reviewed by Mark T on 01 January 2019

    A good teaching aid for spelling but we were disappointed that both 'Y' and 'Z' are not included.....so unable to set up a complete alphabet or spell my grandaughter's name.

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    • 3

    Reviewed by Jeremy C on 11 March 2018

    Another amazing product from Orchard Toys! My son was captivated by it the moment we got it out of the box - and his Nursery thinks he has a poor attention span. He's just over three years of age and knows the abc song. Please can the company produce more word cards.

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    • 5

    Reviewed by Kaye V on 16 January 2018


    I struggle to get my 4yr old son to do his reading homework but every night, he just freezes up on me, but through the Match and Spell games, he is practising his spellings. He tries to "beat me" and finds it hilarious. He is doing brilliantly.

    Please, please, please consider making extra packs for these games so we can mix it up and have new words to spell.

    Can't wait to try the Magic Maths games and Tell the Time game with him.

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    • 0

    Reviewed by Jane H on 10 November 2016

    I always feel that learning through play is the best way to teach a young child a new skill and when my older two children learnt to read, phonics were like a foreign language to me but nowadays it's far easier with toys like Match and Spell which makes it so much easier; being a fun way to explore reading and spelling which makes my son happy to learn new things.

    There are two ways to play Match and Spell, designed for both guided and independent word building – perfect for a rising 5 who has just started in Reception. In the box there are enough letter cards to fill all of the word boards – we tested it. The word boards are colourful and double sided. One side with the picture and the word, the other side with a picture and blank spaces for the letter tiles.

    The object of the game is to either match the letter cards to spell the word on the board, or if the child is more proficient with their phonics, they could have a go at spelling the words out themselves on the blank side of the board. To build confidence, my son began by matching the letters whilst telling me the sound of the letter and saying the word.

    After doing this a few times, he decided he had the confidence to flip the board over and attempt to spell the word himself. He chose ‘web’ to begin with and to my surprise he then attempted crab. He said the word slowly (and unprompted) a few times, then gave it a go.

    I think this game is brilliant for children who are starting to learn how the phonetic alphabet can make up the sounds in words they use every day. It’s simple, yet extremely effective design is likely to build a child’s confidence quickly and encourage them to try sounding out and spelling words they see in their reading books.

    Another “double thumbs up” from my mini me.

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    • 0

    Great confidence builder for spelling

    Reviewed by Shelly on 26 September 2016

    I think it is a great activity for young kids you are learning their sounds, how the sounds blend together and basic spelling. It allows them to practice these important steps over and over again, hence building their confidence.

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    • 5
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