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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.
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.
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.
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/
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.View All Reviews
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/