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Our Top 8 Educational Games for Dyslexic Children

Our top 8 educational games for dyslexic kids give another route to overcoming classroom barriers.

During a child’s school years, the struggle with dyslexia becomes more pronounced as they begin to learn to read and write. However, areas such as spelling, recall and memory are often taught in the form of games that could be difficult for a dyslexic child. 

There are other ways to learn! Through engaging your child’s problem solving brain and introducing movement (in some cases), our games for dyslexic children can help to overcome those barriers with a different solution, and encourage positive learning with fun.

  1. Dyslexia Friendly Reading Apps

There are several Free Apps that help a child to read, write and spell properly in a fun way.  Check out the Montessori Words & Phonics, Wordshark or Eye Games apps. 

2. I went shopping

This game is great for verbal memory development. One child starts by saying ‘I went to the shops today and bought an apple. ‘

The second person replies, ‘I went to the shops today and bought an apple and a doughnut’. And the game continues by adding another word to the end of each go. This helps practice memory and also listening skills, whilst keeping it fun.

3. Where’s Wally

The traditional children (and perhaps adult!) book series is excellent for engaging the child to find Wally. Through fun images and searching, children can get used to the format of a book, turning pages and enjoying the images whilst searching.

4. I Spy

Played for decades, this game can be played anywhere. It helps develop letter recognition and spelling to something that can be spotted.

The second person guesses the item through descriptions and asking questions, encouraging engagement and social skills.

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  1. Spot the difference games

Spot the difference games improve the child’s perception and attention skills. Comparing two cards or pictures and identifying what the difference is between each – there’s always one that is trickier and causes lots of giggles! This game also helps to practice descriptions and learn location concepts.

  1. Dominoes

Dominoes is a great number game, helping children with their number recognition and counting skills, through practicing adding and subtracting. There are other variations of dominoes, including blends and digraphs, long and short vowels to help with word building practice.

7. Board Games

There are many board games that encourage quick thinking, word forming and get those cognitive skills going. Games such as Articulate (word describing), Balderdash (improving reading ability) and Scrabble (a favourite among early readers) help the child to practice their reading skills in a fun, stress-free way.

And for printable games, try Space Race for fun multiplication practice.

8. Bingo

Bingo is fantastic for developing your child’s development. Using letters, numbers or words, bingo helps develop cognitive function and social skills. Like wordsearch, using a themed game can help their knowledge in certain areas too.

There are many templates available online, try searching ‘printable alphabet bingo template’ on your internet browser.

Chalkboard with Impossible writing. A hand covering IM - making it POSSIBLE

Small changes to improve a dyslexic child’s learning

We’d also like to highlight that the smallest change could make a difference to a dyslexic individual.

When reading on a white background, with black text, this can become distorted for a dyslexic, causing visual disturbances. Use cream or a soft pastel, and keep to matt as glossy can also be difficult to read.

Many children’s books use ‘fun’ fonts. However italic or swirly fonts are also difficult to read, try books that use either the Arial or Calibri font, as these are the easiest fonts to read.

About Dyslexia First

Dyslexia Assessments

Dyslexia First provides first-class dyslexia assessments for children and adults across the North West.

Owner Michala Morton has worked in the field of Special Needs for over 20 years, across a wide range of educational settings, and works closely with The British Dyslexia Association and The Dyslexia Association assessing children and adults.

Based in Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, Dyslexia First is conveniently accessible by train, linking to Central Liverpool, Manchester and cities within an hour’s commute.

By helping you to get the right support, a world of possibilities will open, that might not have seemed possible before.

Contact us to discuss your assessment needs on michala@dyslexia-first.co.uk or call 07711 904 589.

Editors note: This post was originally published in 2022 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.