It’s that time of the year again! With the festive season approaching, finding the perfect Christmas gift can be a challenge, especially if you’re looking for something that’s both fun and educational for a child with dyslexia or dyscalculia. Fortunately, the Dyslexia UK shop has a range of wonderful games tailored to help children hone their skills. Here are our Top 12 Christmas picks for Primary aged children with dyslexia or dyscalculia.
Dive into the delightful world of sight words with this interactive and engaging game. The “Pop for Sight Words Game” is specially designed to help children recognise and read sight words, which are fundamental for reading fluency. As players pop the popcorn cards out of the box and read the words, they not only enhance their vocabulary but also improve their confidence in word recognition. The playful design and fun gameplay make it a hit with kids, making learning feel like a treat rather than a chore.
Introducing young learners to the world of letters and words, “Match and Spell” is an interactive game designed to boost spelling and phonics skills. As players match letter tiles to form words depicted by friendly illustrations, they engage in hands-on learning that solidifies their understanding of phonics and letter combinations. Suitable for both guided play and more independent challenges, it’s adaptable to the individual needs of the child. Especially for children with dyslexia, “Match and Spell” provides a fun and nurturing environment to practice their spelling without the pressure, making it an excellent tool for boosting their confidence.
Addressing multiple learning challenges, this resourceful activity book offers a comprehensive approach to improving dysgraphia, dyslexia, and dyscalculia in primary-aged children. Through a series of activities, children are guided to develop their writing, reading, and math skills. These hands-on exercises are designed to be both fun and effective, ensuring that children remain engaged while building essential skills. The activities help in refining motor coordination, enhancing number and letter recognition, and strengthening cognitive abilities. For children with learning difficulties, this book serves as a valuable tool to overcome obstacles in their learning journey.
Dive into a race against time with the thrilling Perfection Game for Children. Tailored for youngsters, this game is not just about swift fingers but also about enhancing critical cognitive skills. For those with learning challenges, it presents a unique opportunity to sharpen focus, enhance spatial reasoning, and develop memory skills. As children hurriedly try to fit the uniquely shaped pieces into their corresponding slots before the timer buzzes and pops them out, they are simultaneously honing their hand-eye coordination and problem-solving abilities. This engaging blend of excitement and cognitive development makes the Perfection Game an ideal gift, ensuring both fun and skill-building in one package.
This is an invaluable tool for children with numeracy difficulties or dyscalculia. It transforms learning multiplication, often a hurdle, into an engaging activity. Using visual cards that prompt memory and recall, it reinforces number sense and pattern recognition. This approach, emphasising understanding over memorisation, proves significantly effective for dyscalculic learners, making math more accessible and enjoyable.
Times Table Heroes is a game-changer for children with dyscalculia. By integrating multiplication learning into a superhero-themed game, it diverts the pressure often associated with maths. The game’s captivating narrative helps children naturally absorb times tables by encouraging repetitive play, crucial for memory, all while promoting strategic thinking and group interaction. This fun, stress-free environment significantly supports dyscalculic learners’ unique needs.
This serves as a valuable resource for children with dyslexia, particularly in honing visual processing and strategic planning skills. This award-winning game requires players to build their kingdom by cleverly selecting and placing domino-like tiles with varying terrain types. For children with dyslexia, arranging tiles to form their kingdom nurtures spatial awareness, pattern recognition, and strategic planning, all while engaging in a dynamic tactile learning process. The game’s visual nature requires players to recognise and organise visual information, an essential skill for reading and writing that can be challenging for those with dyslexia. Kingdomino helps to reinforce the neural pathways involved in visual discrimination and sequencing, indirectly supporting the development of reading skills.
Kanoodle is a valuable resource for children, enhancing visual processing and spatial awareness through engaging puzzle challenges. By interpreting visual cues to reconstruct specific designs, players improve crucial skills for reading and writing. This kinaesthetic, hands-on approach not only makes learning enjoyable but also addresses the unique challenges faced by children with dyslexia, aiding in their academic journey.
Go Fish is a classic card game where players match cards and ask opponents for specific cards, fostering critical thinking and memory skills. For dyslexic learners, this repetitive yet fun verbal interaction enhances reading skills, comprehension, and social communication. Each request in the game requires the player to articulate specific information, which indirectly bolsters their speech clarity and confidence in expressing thoughts. By integrating reading, memory recall, and strategic thinking, ‘Go Fish’ subtly improves foundational language skills necessary for academic progression, all while keeping the learning environment engaging and stress-free.
Hedbanz is a fun, stimulating tool that assists children with visual processing difficulties. It propels players into visual analysis and quick reasoning, as they must guess what is depicted on the card in their headband. This game requires children to process visual clues given by others, boosting their ability to interpret information visually rather than relying on textual data. The focus on imagery over words helps mitigate the challenges faced by those with dyslexia, providing a confidence-boosting avenue for learning and interaction.
Specifically designed following the Montessori method, it provides a hands-on and visual way to understand multiplication. This approach is ideal for children with numeracy difficulties as it moves away from traditional rote learning, offering a tangible way to comprehend complex concepts through physical interaction. By facilitating number manipulation, it enables children to see and feel the calculations, promoting a deeper understanding of how multiplication works. This tactile learning process not only demystifies numbers but also adds an element of play, reducing anxiety around math and encouraging a more positive learning experience.
This fast-paced game not only reinforces math concepts but also enhances memory and observational skills, which are often challenging areas for those with dyslexia. Its visual and memory-based approach to learning provides an alternative to traditional methods. The game is crafted to build confidence and a sense of achievement, as it veers away from the pressure of timed tests and textual demands. “BrainBox Maths” allows players to learn at their own pace in a stress-free environment, making math more accessible and enjoyable. You may also like to try BrainBox English
We hope you have found these suggestions useful. Please check out the Dyslexia UK shop for further books and games which our assessors recommend for people with dyslexia or dyscalculia. Also, look out for future Dyslexia UK articles on suggestions for Christmas Family Board games and Christmas presents for Secondary age children with dyslexia.