Twister Words


Repetition is an integral component of remembering and this is particularly important for children with poor working memories.

You are more likely to keep children interested and engaged in practicing if you can make the activity enjoyable.

One idea is to repurpose your old Twister game. Choose six words your child is currently learning to read. Write each word four times on a piece of light weight card that will fit inside the circles. Alternatively, you can just print off 4 copies of these vocabulary cards. Place the six words in a random order on the colored circles. For children who are finding it particularly difficult to learn the words use four words (written six times each) and mix up the order in which the words are placed in each column.

It is also useful if you ‘code’ the words indicating letter combinations representing a particular sound and letters that are not pronounced can have a cross placed underneath.

As in the traditional rules, spin the dial to determine the color and the limb to be moved. However, add in one more step where you select the word. Rather than just saying the word, say the sounds in the word. For example, if the arrow landed on red, right hand, you might select the word ‘said’ and you would say, “Right hand, red, /s/-/e/-/d/”. The child then places his/her right hand on ‘said’ and reads the word.

As the child’s retention of the words increases, the child can choose any circle from the chosen color and read the word in that circle.

Another variation is to remove the words the child can easily read so there are less circles the child can use and at the same time providing more repetition for the words the child is finding more difficult to remember.

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