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




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Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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