Since my eldest charge started school I have been finding ways to help him with his sounding out and reading. After bath we would take wooden boards with words on from a Melissa and Doug game and try to sound them out and figure out what they said. This was a very effective tool, but it was limited to which ones we could use, as not all of the words were phonetically spelt or they were just too long. To diversify a little I made a word slider, this way we could have as many words as we liked, plus as his skills grows we can easily add new and more complicated words.

To make your own slider you will need:

  • A4 Cardstock
  • Pen
  • Tape
  • 6×4 Plain Record Cards (available at Rymans or WHSmiths)


  1. Cut you cardstock in half lengthwise, then fold it in half (the record card should fit inside) and tape the long sides shut.
  2. Write your words onto the record cards; space the lettering out slightly.

When using this activity slowly slide the words out so that you show one new letter at a time.

On some of the cards I did draw pictures to be a cue but you don’t have to draw them in.

This activity may help development of:

  • Word recognition
  • Letter recognition
  • Confidence with reading