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5 Games to Play with your Family at Christmas

Playing games at home with the family at Christmas time is one of the best ways to bring families closer together.  Three generations of family members learning, sharing, laughing and having a good time.  What could possibly be better than this?

Buying a selection of board games would prove rather costly, so why not invest in a dry-erase whiteboard that you can use to play several different games and will also come in handy for homework planning and creative play

Wedge whiteboards have a smooth magnetic surface that allow non-permanent markings using dry erasable pens that can be quickly removed with a whiteboard eraser after each game.  Available in various sizes, they are easily transportable.

There are so many fun things to do with a whiteboard, from making a list of those ideas to playing games and much, much more.

Here are 5 simple and entertaining Games that you can play on a whiteboard with your family at Christmas:

Hangman

A classic game where family members must guess a word and if they guess a letter incorrectly they have to draw a hangman.  Alternatively, you may wish to opt for the modern version where they must guess entire phrases, expressions, movie or book titles.

Battleships

You will need a double sided dry-wipe magnetic whiteboard.

Draw your grid and plan where your battleships are going to be as coloured boxes on your grid, without letting your opponent see.  Then take turns firing upon the enemy by calling out plot points – for example: A-5. Mark your shot as a hit (X) or a miss (O) on your enemy ship grid according to your opponent’s reply. When your enemy fires upon you, answer hit or miss, according to their shot. Mark your hit ships with an X on the “my ships” grid.

Who’s at the Zoo

A fun game for children is to learn to identify animals from around the world by playing ‘Who’s at the Zoo’.  Animal puzzle pieces can be purchased from budget stores (or images from an old book stuck on cardboard) can be used and then have a magnet glued to the back.  Toddlers can identify the animal and older children can compete in spelling out the name of the animal such as giraffe, elephant, tiger and so on.  You could even draw a may of the world onto your board and place where the animals come from.

Pictionary

This is a classic game and one that may easily be adapted to any level.  Split family members into two teams and let them take turns drawing words, actions, or situations that they have drawn from a pile of cards.  Teammates guess what is being drawn.

Turn Animal Words into The Animal

For example, use the word “cow” to draw a cow.  Challenge your family members to draw the animal you write into that animal.  This method allows creative expression, word recognition and challenges the drawer to use their imagination.

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7 Techniques to Help your Child with their Homework (…and have a Stress-free Sunday Evening)

Homework is a challenge for many parents, especially as their child starts to move up through the year groups from reception.  All parents have dreaded that last-minute homework on a Sunday evening after a busy weekend, when neither you or your child is in the right frame of mind to practice spellings, times tables or Google what Romans ate for breakfast!

There are several techniques you can use to ensure that this Sunday night drama is not a regular occurrence and help to encourage your child to not see homework as a tick box exercise, but to actually enjoy it and make it part of their home routine.

 

Establish a study zone

Create a place in your home where you feel your child can do their homework with no interruptions or distractions – definitely away from the television or switch the television off, also encourage younger siblings not to interrupt or even give them their own homework task such as playdough or drawing!  This study space should have a clear work surface where your child can sit comfortably, has good lighting and all the tools they need, for instance their pens, work books and a dry-wipe whiteboard for planning.

Discuss homework

Chat to your child about their homework in a relaxed environment, maybe when you are discussing what they did at school that day.  Ask questions such as, what homework they have been given, what task do they need to do their homework, when does it need to be done by and how you can help them.

Homework planner

Get your child to write their homework down on a planner, such as a homework diary or on their dry-wipe whiteboard.  Having a visible list of what they have to do, will encourage your child to get it done.

Encourage

By encouraging your child to plan, it will help your child to take responsibility for organising, planning and doing their homework.  If the homework is based around topic work, then encourage your child with their ideas at the planning stage. Give you child ongoing encouragement by praising them when they have put in a lot of effort or when their homework is tidily presented.  If they are practising spellings, times tables or handwriting skills then support them by repeating them daily, giving encouragement on the number of right answers going up.

Routine

Having a set time for homework avoids that last-minute panic.  Establish a routine around a time that works best for your child and the family involve your child in this decision.

Individuals

As with everything else treat each of your children as individuals in the homework arena, each child will have very different learning styles and sometimes what works for one child does not work for others. Some children enjoy support whereas others prefer to get on with it and ask what you think afterwards.  For example, my son is a lone learner who has the ability to absorb information by reading and writing, whereas my daughter needs some physical interaction.  When she was in KS1, my husband would quite often come home to the entire contents of the cutlery drawer being on our kitchen table and us in the process of learning division and multiplication!

Reading

A love of reading is a gift you can give your child, reading not only gives them the excitement of a fictional story but is a tool to increase their knowledge on any topic they are interested in.  By reading regularly with your child and being a role model by reading yourself, this will influence them to be independent readers from an early age.

 

All these techniques go hand-in-hand and by establishing them within your family routine when your child is young, this will give you more of a chance to have a stress-free Sunday evening.

 

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Preparing Your Child for Nursery School

Your child’s first day at playgroup or nursery can be a formidable prospect for both you and your child.  Our advice here in this blog, will hopefully help to ensure that your child’s experience of nursery is a positive one from the very beginning.

Enhance social confidence

Socialising with other children is a key skill that must be learnt slowly, with some children finding it easier than others.  If you can introduce your child to the idea of sharing and taking turns before they start nursery school, then it is likely that they will find the whole experience less intimidating and more enjoyable.

 

Children usually play near each other as oppose to playing together until they are around three years old.  You do not need to stand over young children whilst they play, but you do need to be nearby so that you can step in if they start to bicker over toys.  If you do not have a network of other mums with children the same age as yours, look to join a mother and toddler group.

Time away from parents

It will be easier for your child to settle in at nursery if you have slowly got them used to being left with other guardians, such as grandparents or childminders.  Start off by leaving them for short periods, an hour whilst you go shopping, and then gradually build it up until your child is happy to be left for a whole morning or an afternoon without you.

Visit the Nursery School

“When you’re choosing a nursery, it’s usually best to visit it without your child the first time,” says Diane Rich at Early Education, an organisation which promotes quality in early years education. “The next time take your child with you and see how he responds to the environment and watch how the carers interact with him.”

Some nursery schools will allow you to leave your child for short visits to see how they get on.  When you get home, talk positively about the nursery school, the activities that took place, the other children and the staff.  Chat through any concerns your child has before they start.

On the first day

  • Give yourself plenty of time. The chances are, your child will not be prepared for you to just drop them off and leave, so be prepared to hang around until they feel settled.
  • It is likely that you will be feeling just as anxious and emotional as your child, but try to stay positive and confident, as children pick up on any worries or anxieties.
  • Explain to your child when you will be collecting them.
  • Leave your contact number with staff in case they need to get hold of you.
  • If your child cries and will not allow you to leave, ask staff for advice.
  • When you have said your goodbyes, try not to worry. Be assured that if there is a problem, you will be contacted.

Borrow some books to help

Visit your local library and borrow some books on starting nursery, such as Going to Playschool by Sarah Garland.  When you have read them, talk to your child about all the fun activities they might be doing at nursery, like playing outside, painting pictures, playing with sand and water, making models, singing and building with bricks.

Do not worry about letters and numbers

We all want our children to do well, but no nursery will expect your child to have a good understanding of letters and numbers when they start.  Young children learn by playing and therefore optimal learning means being encouraged to play.  This does not mean your child will have free, undirected play throughout their sessions, a good nursery will provide a balanced agenda of directed activities that are suitable for your child’s level of development and will help them to learn through play.

If you want to encourage your child’s learning at home, it helps to make it fun.  Play games of i-Spy to associate sounds and letters, encourage number recognition by counting everyday objects like blue cars in the street, bake cakes to find out about weighing and measuring, invest in a portable dry wipe magnetic whiteboard for your child to draw on so that they learn pen control, which will help with writing when they go to primary school.

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5 Tips to Enhance Your Child’s Communication Skills

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Are modern children losing the art of conversation?  Are they too distracted to listen?  Are they able to listen to an opinion and then give their own, or have they lost key skills through too much time on computer games and devices?

Communication skills are an essential part of learning.  Reading and writing are vital to your child’s education but developing their verbal language skills will also boost their confidence with words and expand their vocabulary.

The exponential growth of technology offers exciting learning opportunities and improved communication tools, but devices can also be an unwelcome distraction.

Children are ‘hardwired’ from birth to develop the key skills of communication, however in today’s busy world we do need to put additional focus on ensuring that children get as many opportunities as possible to develop these vital skills in amongst all the other exciting activities they do.

The way your child speaks, and listens makes a big difference to their chance of success from a very early age.  You can help them learn to communicate effortlessly and with confidence with the following five simple tips.

  1. Create the right speaking and listening environment

Children require a quiet environment to listen and learn in.  Have times during the day when you block out all background noise, and always do this when engaging in a specific activity with your child, such as reading, helping with homework or playing a game.

Having television time is ok, however research shows that for children to listen and learn from the television, adults need to view it with them and ignite conversations.

  1. Comment more, question less

We are naturally keen to lead conversations and test our children’s knowledge, however research highlights that frequent questions and command giving has been linked to delays in children’s language development.

We all instinctively ask questions, however if we do it too often it can have a negative effect.  Try opening a conversation with a comment such as ‘Look, it’s a dog’ as oppose to asking, ‘What’s that?’  And see your child responds.

  1. Use open-ended questions

Research into the use of open-ended questions with school children, that start with, ‘What could we do….?’, ‘Can you find a way to…..?’  has shown to support learning and develop creative thinking and problem-solving skills.  Open ended questions are therefore better to enhance communication skills in children as opposed to closed questions such as, ‘What is the capital of England?’ which requires a one-word answer only.

  1. Give children time to answer a question

Children often need extra time to understand a question and formulate their answer.  Instead of interjecting to help them answer, count to 10, and wait to see if your child answers.  You will be surprised by the results.

 

  1. Have fun with words!

A child’s vocabulary is essential to their learning.  Research shows that vocabulary size at five years of age has links to later successes, such as literacy skills and academic achievement.

When reading or talking with your child, check word understanding and support word learning by talking about word meaning and sounds.  Try writing words on a dry wipe magnetic Kids Whiteboard or form words using magnetic letters.  This will help your child to learn and recall the words.  Ask about rhyming words, syllable number, what you do with the word, where you find it etc.

 

We would love to hear about how you enhance your child’s communication skills, please feel free to leave us a comment.

 

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5 Fantastic Ways to Keep Children Entertained on Long Journeys

With the school holidays officially here, many families across the UK will be heading off on their eagerly awaited Summer Holiday and are also likely to be planning lots of fun days out, both of which will invariably involve a long car journey.

Nothing ruins a road trip faster than bored children.  A well-stocked activity bag will help to refrain the bickering and arguments, and the ‘are we nearly there yet?’  How comprehensive your activity bag needs to be will depend on the length of your trip, how many children you’ll be entertaining, the children’s ages and of course their attention span.

Here are five fabulous ways to keep your children entertained on long journeys:

  1. Enthuse the children about the destination

Talk to your children about where you are going.  Tell them why you are going, how long it will take to get there, and talk to them about all the things that you can do once you’re there.  Encourage them to ask questions and then ask them what they are looking forward to.

  1. Whiteboard and dry erase pens

With a portable dry wipe whiteboard children can draw, play naughts and crosses and hangman, or write notes to each other, then rub it all off and start again.

  1. Magnetic letters, numbers, & shapes

The Wedge Jotter portable dry wipe whiteboard is also magnetic and can be used with an assortment of magnetic letters, numbers and shapes.

  1. Instant film cameras

Yes, these are still available!  These cameras push out small instant photographs and are lots of fun. Children can take silly pictures of themselves or capture images for their trip notebook.

  1. Audiobooks:

Starting from age 3, most children can follow a more complex storyline and audiobooks are a great way to pass time on the road.

We would love to hear your ideas on how you keep your children entertained on long journeys, please feel free to leave us a comment.

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Wedge Jotter Pack Review by Childminder – Samantha Goldsworthy

The children were keen to unwrap the parcel and were amazed at the new Kids Whiteboards.  The Wedge Jotter packs are fantastic and have been used at every opportunity so far.

The boys are reluctant mark markers and took the boards outside as they are very portable and lightweight, to sit by the pond and write what they saw – they wrote ‘frog’ copying the words that we wrote.  This activity then moved onto rhyming, the children could form recognisable letters on the boards as they are slanted which helps.  The ‘reluctant writers’ are keen to write on these boards as they are fun, different and also any errors are wipeable, so the child isn’t upset as the error gets wiped away rather than with paper as it’s still there, so they bounce back after difficulty really quickly.

These boards have been used daily for observational drawing of our caterpillars and butterflies, writing what the Hungry Caterpillar ate and even taken to watch the older children at sports day – they drew the children running whilst sat on the grass.

The children also practiced recognising and writing their names getting ready for school. One little boy would not come near a pen – he kept saying no if I asked him, however when he saw the whiteboards he was keen to have a ‘try’ and copied some of the letters.  He was so proud of himself, bless him.

The boards are a very rich tool for the EYFS curriculum – I found it helps with mark making, using the tripod grip, wanting to form recognisable letters, rhyming, giving meaning to marks – pictures and words which in turn leads to increased self-confidence of the child.

In a nutshell, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Wedge Jotter pack to all parents and childminders with children between the ages of 3-6 years old.

How to prepare your child for starting Primary School

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Starting school is a big milestone and although it is a very exciting time for both children and parents, it can also feel very overwhelming.   To help alleviate some of your anxieties and to help your child with this major transition here are some top tips on how you can get your child “school ready”.

So firstly, what does ‘school ready’ mean?

Pacey, the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years sum this up nicely as follows:

  • having strong social skills
  • can cope emotionally with being separated from their parents
  • are relatively independent in their own personal care
  • have a curiosity about the world and a desire to learn

Top Tips

  • Talk with your child about starting school. What do they think it will be like, what are they most looking forward to and is there anything that they are particularly worried about?
  • If your child has any concerns, talk to them and to their new teacher about it. Provide your child with reassurance by letting them know exactly what to do should the situation their worried about occur.
  • Look at the school’s brochure / website together and talk about the pictures.
  • Talk about school in a positive way, but don’t be too overzealous as this will not put your child in good stead if they encounter a horrible child who pushes them or says something mean. Always be positive, but gently warn them that they may get tired and that if they have any problems or feel sad, they should tell the teacher.
  • Visit the school with your child, many schools set up ‘taster’ sessions which provide your little one with the opportunity to familiarise themselves with their forthcoming new surroundings.
  • Read books together about starting school, such as ‘Starting School’ by Janet and Allen Ahlberg, ‘Topsy and Tim Start School’ by Jean and Gareth Adamson or ‘Harry and the Dinosaurs Go to School’ by Ian Whybrow and Adrian Reynolds.
  • If your child seems anxious, then talk about and focus on the things that you think they will like best and if applicable talk about their friends from preschool who will be starting at the same time.
  • Practise the school routine, including going to bed at a reasonable time, getting ready, eating breakfast and the school run itself. Have meals and snacks at the same time as your child will on their school days and get into the habit of having bath and stories before bed, which will help your child to relax and wind down as oppose to TV and tablet time.
  • If your child has a particular ‘security’ toy or blanket, then try to get them used to being without it during the day. Also, if your child has naps throughout the day, try and phase these out.
  • It is natural for you as a parent to feel nervous but try not to show your child, as they can easily pick up on how you’re feeling. Try to stay positive and relax.
  • Avoid making negative comments such as ‘I hated school’ or ‘I was rubbish at school’ as you do not want to influence your child to have a negative attitude.
  • If you already know some of the other children that will be in your child’s class, then why not organise a play date? Chatting with other mum’s in the same position as you, should be beneficial and may help to relieve some of your anxieties.
  • Make the buying of their uniform and essential items for starting school, such as a lunch box, new shoes, coat and stationery an exciting adventure. With regards to uniform shopping, be mindful not to go too early as your child may have outgrown the uniform before September and equally do not leave it too late in case everything is sold out.  Buy clothes and shoes that are easy to put on and remember to buy the iron on labels, make sure you label everything!
  • Encourage your child to master the following self-care skills:
  • Going to the toilet
  • Washing their hands
  • Dressing and undressing
  • Feeding themselves / Eating with others
  • Tidying up
  • Using a tissue
  • It is very important that your child recognises their own name, both hearing it and seeing it written down. Help to familiarise your child with letters of the alphabet and numbers up to twenty.
  • If you are successful in familiarising your child with the letters of the alphabet, it is very beneficial to teach your child how to write their own name because then they can label their own work. A Kids Whiteboard is a fantastic tool to help your child develop pen control and practise writing their own name.
  • Once your child has started school, if you find that they are tired when they get home, allow them to take a little nap when they get in or make them a healthy snack to restore their energy levels.
  • Allow your child a good couple of weeks to settle in before introducing after school activities and try to keep the first few weekends quiet so that your child has time to recharge their batteries.
  • Keep talking to your child about how they feel about school, set time aside each day to discuss how they are getting on.
  • Establish a good, solid relationship with your child’s class teacher, including preferred times and means of communication.

The start of school is an emotional time for parents, especially if it’s your first child.  Try not to be openly upset in front of your child, you need to stay strong and be supportive, it’s important to make your child feel confident.

We would love to hear how you are preparing your child for school in September, please feel free to leave us a comment.

 

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How Children Learn Through Play

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Play is fundamental to the healthy growth and development of children, so much so, play underpins the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) of learning.  Through the art of play, children develop their emotions and creativity together with an array of competencies including language skills, social skills and academic skills.  For most children, their play is instinctive, impulsive, unstructured and unsupported, however some children may need to be guided.  For more details click here to read our blog on how you can promote learning through guided play.   

Play takes place in lots of different environments and helps children to explore and discover their immediate world.  It is here within these playful scenarios that they practise new ideas and skills, take risks, demonstrate imagination and solve problems on their own or with other children.   Adults play a critical role by providing the space, time and resources that will inspire play and ignite children’s imaginations.  Adults should observe play and participate when invited.  It is essential that adults appreciate the value of play and as such provide a safe yet challenging environment that will support and extend their child’s learning and development.

As children play, they learn to solve problems, get along with others and develop the fine and gross motor skills needed to grow and learn.  They are also beginning to get a sense of their own identity and how they are different from others, such as noticing boys and girls.

How Do Young Children Learn?

Children essentially learn through all their senses, namely touch, sight, hearing, smelling and tasting.  By observing and imitating those around them they learn language and behaviour.  Children also lean through play.

Learning through play

Play is one of the key ways in which children learn.  The art of play helps to build children’s self-worth by giving them a sense of their own capabilities and to feel good about themselves.  Because play is fun, children will often become very absorbed in what they are doing which in turn helps them to develop the ability to concentrate.  Providing children with a range of resources will help them to learn in several ways:

  1. A Kids Whiteboard is a fantastic tool to aid creative play.  Just give children a selection of dry wipe pens and let them draw and scribble till their hearts content.  This encourages imagination, creativity and expression of feelings.
  2. Building blocks, jigsaws and shape sorters can help with recognizing different shapes.
  3. Dancing, running, climbing and playing ball games all help to foster muscle development, help fine-tune motor skills and develop body movement, flexibility, strength and co-ordination skills.  Children also build their mental and emotional muscles as they create elaborate, imaginative worlds rich with a system of rules that govern the terms of play.
  4. Games will teach children to share, mix with others and take turns.
  5. Sand and water play is a fantastic introduction to science and maths, i.e. learning that water is fluid and that it can be measured in different size containers.
  6. Singing and playing simple musical instruments helps to develop listening, hearing and rhythm.

It is integral to remember that children develop in their own ways and in their own time, so please do not push your child too hard and try not to compare them with other children.  You may also want to encourage reading to and with your child.  Look at the pictures together as this will help younger children to make sense of the words.  It is also good to talk to your child a lot, about everyday things while you are cooking or cleaning as this will give you a chance to teach them how things work and will allow them to ask you questions. Be prepared for a lot of ‘why’s?’

Play is extremely powerful for children, more so than parents realise.  Play is fundamentally the key to learning.  Educators and researchers across the globe have repetitively discovered that play can help enrich learning and develop key skills namely inquiry, experimentation, expression and teamwork.

In her TedX Talk , Professor Doris Fromberg, Director of Early Childhood Teacher Education at Hofstra University, explains why play is such an important part of the learning process for children.

“We need to consider that young children learn in quite different ways (than adults).  They learn by comparing physical experiences, by interactions with other people and their own feelings.  And they learn an enormous amount through their imagination… Play is what pulls together the logical and creative parts of the brain.”

To summarise, play provides opportunities for exploration, experimentation and manipulation that are essential for forming and building knowledge.  Learning through play stimulates the development of social, emotional and intellectual abilities of a child.  It is also through play that children develop their imagination and creativity.

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How to help your child develop problem solving skills

Like adults, children are faced with decisions and learning opportunities on a daily basis and at every stage of their life.  But unlike adults, children do not have a wealth of experience to draw upon to help them to make decisions.  One of the best things you can do as a parent is foster these learning opportunities and inspire your child to solve problems on their own.

Here are our 8 top tips on how you can help your child develop problem solving skills.

1. Encourage creativity and creative play.

Allow children to try new concepts and think outside the box.  Encourage your child to play creatively with objects that they find.  Ensure that their play involves enough challenge and requires imagination, a Kids Whiteboard  is a fantastic tool to aid creative play.

2. Be Patient

Acknowledge and honour the moments when you have the time to allow your child to solve a problem on their own rather than quickly doing or solving it for them.

3. Allow them to fail

Allow your child to fail.  Mistakes provide an opportunity for us to learn and by permitting your child to fail, you are giving them the message that it is okay to make mistakes.

4. Play problem solving games

You can practise problem solving by playing problem solving games with your child.  These types of games will help your child to get into the habit of adhering to the following four basic steps when solving a problem:

  1. Define the problem
  2. Generate possible solutions
  3. Evaluate and select possible solutions
  4. Implement solutions

5. Ask for your child’s help

When you are making decisions, like what you think you should have for tea or what you should do on the weekend if it rains, ask your child for help making decisions or solving a problem.  Listen carefully and fully discuss the possibilities that they come up with.

6. Propose multiple potential solutions.

By offering your child various possible ways in which to solve a problem you help to get the ball rolling and you will inspire them to reflect and consider several possibilities and project the potential outcomes.

 7. Model.

Purposely think out loud and allow your children to listen to how you solve a problem.  Show them clearly how you work to find a solution.

8. Praise their efforts over the result
Everybody makes mistakes and we do not solve every problem immediately.  Neither is there ever only one solution to a problem.  Make sure you praise your child for their efforts and when they do succeed, highlight the result.

Learning to resolve problems is an essential life skill.  By strengthening these skills, your child will gain independence and self-confidence.  In addition to this, it will prepare your child for success in academic learning, leadership, social relationships, finances, health and all other areas of life.

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How to help your child at home with Dyspraxia

Dyspraxia is a neurological disorder of the brain in childhood causing difficulty in activities requiring coordination and movement.

Dyspraxia affects around six per cent of the population and up to two per cent quite severely. In basic terms, it is a neurological condition which can make even basic activities challenging and difficult.  Medically speaking it is described as a ‘an impairment or immaturity of the organisation of movement’, however it may also cause difficulties with language, perception and thought.

Children with dyspraxia can face a variety of challenges related to their difficulty with movement and coordination, there are however strategies that you can use at home to help your child.

 

Mealtimes

Children with dyspraxia may struggle to eat their food without unintentionally making a bit of a mess.  To help make mealtimes easier for your child, you could put a damp flannel under their plate (so it does not slip), use a cup with two handles so it is easier for your child to hold it and look to use a deep plate with a rim to minimise spillages.

 

Practise Skills with you child

Spending quality time with your child, can make a huge difference and is great fun for you both.  Many activities advocated by therapists and physios are aimed at effectively rewiring your child’s brain and will inevitably amuse and entertain them.  Regularly carrying out activities that develop fine motor skills such as playing games, drawing on a Kids Whiteboard, painting or colouring can be extremely beneficial.

 

Encourage activities to enhance co-ordination.  

Going swimming, teaching your child to ride a bike or just getting outside and playing ball in the garden can make a big difference.  Physically showing children by moving their limbs has proven to be much more effective than simply showing them how to do it.  When a child has dyspraxia, repeating an action over time can reinforce the relevant brain pathways.

 

Help them learn necessary social skills. 

Children with dyspraxia may be quite clumsy in social environments, they could have poor spatial awareness or find it tricky to read emotions.  To help with this issue, it is imperative that you encourage your child to make friends and take part in activities outside of school and outside of the home.

 

Professional support for parents of children with dyspraxia is available from the Dyspraxia Foundation. Their helpline offers help and advice to adults, parents, carers and families on and about dyspraxia and is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm; call 01462 454986.

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