Dysgraphia games are a great way to have fun with your child – of all ages – while they practice their pencil grip, handwriting and fine motor skills.
One of the best dysgraphia games that is a family favourite in many households is Scattergories. This is also one of the more common dysgraphia games, as it allows your child to improve their fine motor skills without any stress, pressure and often without realising they are even doing so. Get the family involved and make it a firm feature in family games nights.
Use games nights to have fun while practicing crucial skills. Try this selection of great fun family games for dysgraphia that can easily be adapted to include writing practice.
Scattergories: The rules
The concept is simple: Attached to this blog post is a selection of ready-to-use Scattergories lists. Print them out or read them online. Pick a list and pick a letter (I use this random letter generator to pick the letters at random) and set a timer. I usually give the kids 3 minutes to complete the list. They have to come up with a word starting with the chosen letter for every ‘category’ mentioned on the list.
At the end of the 3 minutes, words are compared (if 2 or more people are playing) and if the same word is used for any of the categories, no point is given. There is a point for each word – and two points for an alliterative answer with two words (for example “Peter Pan”, “Horrid Henry” etc.) You can complete as many rounds as you wish – but remember that your child with dysgraphia will tire easier than you will. Don’t turn it into a chore.
The winner is the one with the most points at the end of the game. Each round is out of 10 (with bonus points available).
You will find your category lists here: Kids’ Scattergories. Lists 1-6
Let me know how you get on in the comments!!! Do you have any other games you love to play with your child? How do these games help their development? Let me know!
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