Spectrummy Mummy

Asperger's, Allergies, and Adventures Abroad


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I think I joined Pinterest when it first started, then immediately decided that I didn’t have time for it.  Last week, I was drawn back in, though I can’t say I wasn’t warned about what would happen:

@spectrummymummy you have now completed the “time suck” trifecta (fb, twitter and Pinterest)

Yay, time suck trifecta!  Well, I’m still not working yet, so at least it is only my time I’m wasting.  

Like Facebook and Twitter, I restrict my time on there to when I’m not needed.  Usually for me that is when I’m waiting for the kids to go to sleep in the evening- the prefect time to get pinning.  If you are interested, you can find me here: http://pinterest.com/spectrummymummy/

Just another piece of the internets that I’ve sprayed on, like a tom cat.  Sorry.  

Still, it isn’t all a complete waste of time.  I found this pin that I adapted into a game for my kids.  And they played. Like, together.  Taking turns and everything.  It was living the dream.  The only reason I didn’t disturb them to take photos was because I knew that would turn into a nightmare.  

Mosey over to the original poster:  Juggling With Kids to see how she created this game using a car to “park” in the spaces labeled with the sight words he is learning for school.


We made our parking lot (which in my case looked more like a ouija board) using just the alphabet, and then we played a variety of games, like phonics (which letter makes the “vuh” sound?), spelling, (how do you spell cat?), and sequencing (what comes before “T”?).

The alphabet is very familiar to both kids, but they don’t always apply their knowledge so well.  This game also had them practice their listening skills, and taking turns.  Pudding used a doll to go and jump on the letters, while Cubby parked his ice cream van.

We got to work on the -an and -at words that Pudding is learning in her speech therapy, and Cubby got to practice his articulation that he works on in his speech therapy.  I think the big factor in our success was each child having their own toy to play with- a great way of bringing special interests into learning.  It definitely helped my two impulsive children to focus on letting each other take a turn.

It could, of course, be adapted for any child, and a variety of skill levels.  Just off the top of my head, I’m thinking of a toy rocket that could fly to the planets, or a plane that flew to different countries.  You could use colors or stickers to create your board, or maybe even use some PECS images if you are using that method with your child.  And how about using a straw to blow a ping-pong or cotton wool ball on to the letter to get in a little oral-motor therapy?

You could do a much better version, I’m sure.  Now that I know my kids like playing, I might make a more interesting version one of these days.  This one I deliberately kept as simple as possible, as I didn’t want to waste time.  After all, I do enough of that on Pinterest!

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  1. Now I have to go back on. What a great game!


    July 3, 2012 at 2:23 pm

  2. This is a fantastic idea/tool. I’m glad that it brought so much fun to your children and strengthened areas they are working on. Very well adapted!! I don’t Pinterest, but I will pin this idea in my mind for another interactive way to teach. Thanks for sharing!!

    Nomads By Nature

    July 3, 2012 at 2:24 pm

  3. What an awesome idea — I’m gonna go re-pin this one for Little Miss 🙂

    Oh, and if you want to look me up, I’m here ==> http://pinterest.com/kcfitch/


    July 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm

  4. Pinterest is my ‘happy place’.
    As for that game I have just started work as a teacher aide and I am going to make that up to use with the two little poppets I am supporting, thanks 🙂


    July 3, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    • Strange; I posted this from my phone and it never showed up. Now I have two comments.


      July 4, 2012 at 11:50 am

  5. Pinterest is my ‘happy place’.
    I could seriously hug you today 🙂
    I have just started teacher aiding for two young children (I am a trainee TA doing a certificate) and I love the parking spaces game idea. But even better, I clicked over to ‘Juggling with kids’ and there is a great fishing game there. I have just printed out a template of fish 26 times and I am going to write the letters of the Alphabet in upper and lower case on them, laminate them and add magnets, make a couple of little fishing poles and ‘go fishing’ with my kids! Both kids are ESOL (english speakers of a second language) and have learning difficulties and both love fishing. Hopefully this will make learning letters and sounds a bit more fun.
    Thank You, Thank You, Thank You !!!!


    July 4, 2012 at 2:00 am

  6. I am also a bit of a pinterest fan, although don’t visit often. Thank you for the great idea… it is a lovely one for me to give to Kids First, although I will make mine with lower case letters.

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