Reviewed by David Savage
I love any toys and games that are fun and educational. Learning Resources have a wide variety and I was pleased to try the Lacing Letters: Letters & Sounds (Phases Two & Three).
With 5-year-old twins who need extra help with phonics, word formation and reading, these lacing letters are perfect. One of the boys also needs extra help with pencil grip, fine motor skills and dexterity so these also help with that.
The Lacing Letters come with 200 pieces – with all the graphemes 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). All are supplied in a handy plastic tub with lid to keep all the pieces together when not in use. There are four of each single, double and triple sounds to make the set.
Now, I am not a teacher but I think these letters are excellent. Both boys have been using the letters to spell their names and other words, while sounding out the correct phonemes. They have also been helping with their fine motor skills and dexterity by having to thread the letters on to the lace.
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 it 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.
An excellent quality set. A great way to support a child’s learning and supplement what they are learning at school.
Available to buy from www.learningresources.co.uk.