Education is very important to me, so any toys and games that can help improve and further children’s learning and developmental skills in a fun way are a must. Learning Resources recently sent me their Lacing Letters: Letters & Sounds (Phases Two & Three) set to try with 5-year-old twin boys. Both boys require a little bit of extra help with phonics, word formation, reading and one requires extra support with fine motor skills and dexterity to help with pencil grip so these letters cover both aspects. The letters help with phonics, word building & formation and reading while the lacing of the letters helps with fine motor skills and dexterity so should help overall with pencil grip etc.
The Lacing Letters tub is supplied with 200 pieces – with all the grapheme’s taught, including single, double and triple letters (i.e. s, a, t, p, ck, ff, ll, zz, ear, igh, ure etc.). The letters are approx. 2.5cm high and are colour coded orange (phase two) and purple (phase three). The set also comes with 12 laces (approx. 29”/74cm in length). There are four of each single, double and triple sounds to make the set. All can be packed away neatly back into the plastic tub with resealable lid.
We have been using these for a few weeks now and I think these letters are excellent. The boys have been using the letters to spell out their names and words they know as well as trying to spell words they don’t know by sounding the correct phonemes and finding the correct letters. Having to thread each letter on a lace is also help with fine motor skills and dexterity.
As the boys are at different levels, one twin uses all the letters while the other is using just the phase two letters (it is very easy to separate them as they are different colours).
The tub also comes with a small activity guide to make spelling much more fun by allowing them to play games and structure the play a bit better, very helpful for parents and carers. We also play it by adding a word to a lace and seeing it the boys can build a rhyming word on their laces (one twin loves rhyming words so this is great for him).
The Learning Resources Lacing Letters set is an excellent set to help parents, carers or teachers to teach children firstly the alphabet and phonics, followed by blending, word building and spelling. They are also great for fine motor skills and dexterity. The pieces are solid plastic and are very durable so will last.
This is an excellent quality, durable set. A great way to support a child’s learning and supplement what they are learning at school. With a retail price of under £22 it is value money and will last.
Available to buy from www.learningresources.co.uk.