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Match and Spell

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 familar 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!


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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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

Brilliant for learning letters and spelling short words

Reviewed by Melanie Edjourian on 20 April 2016

I thought this was a lovely game and my little ones agreed. We had great fun with this game and the pieces are all very durable and wipe clean, handy when you have children.

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  • 5

Match and Spell with Orchard Toys

Reviewed by RedPeffer on 11 April 2016

Match and Spell works on the premise of phonetic sounds and correlates with the early years foundation stage learning. As with all good games, it is a simple principle well delivered.

I liked the fact that you can turn over the word cards and encourage the next level of reading and spelling by giving children the picture only and asking them to spell the word completely independently.

Full review here: http://redpeffer.me.uk/education/match-spell-orchard-toys/

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  • 4

Match and Spell

Reviewed by Over40AndMumToOne on 11 April 2016

As soon as Monkey opened the box for Match and Spell he was off! He loves phonics at school and started sounding out all the letters.

When you have a more confident reader you can flip the cards over, the child just has the graphic to work from to try to spell out the word. It makes the game something that grows with the child as they develop their reading and spelling skills.

Full review here: http://over40andamumtoone.com/2015/02/19/match-and-spell/

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  • 4

Speech development

Reviewed by Speech Blog on 11 April 2016

This game is an early spelling game, but it has various possibilities for speech and language word development too!

One side of the cards has the word spelt out so that children can just match the letters and the other side has blank spaces so that they can spell the word out themselves. Players take turns to find a letter to go with their card. This is a simple but effective idea and there are various ways to alter the level too.

Full review: http://speechbloguk.com/frog-party-and-match-and-spell-game-reviews/

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  • 3
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