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If you have any of these games at home, you can modify them so that your child uses the computer while playing. Remember, make it fun so that your child wants to play.
BOGGLE Game with dice that have letters on them. Shake dice into

their holder. See how many words your child can make up

from the letters that appear. Have the child type all the

words she finds using the computer.

SCRABBLE Depending on the level of the child, select 4 or more tiles

and see how many words the child can come up with.

Have the child type all the words she finds using the


E.g. a b d e n

bad, ade, den, dab, end, bed, nab, bend, ban

MAD LIBS These are books that provide the stories that you can play

with your child. The stories are written with blanks in them

and are meant to provide hours of amusement. You ask the

child to fill in the blank. To do so, the child must type the

word he wants to select on the computer. The story will ask

for things such as a noun, an adjective, an adverb, a verb,

a holiday, etc. Once the child has typed all the answers he

wishes to use in the blanks, read the story aloud making sure

to insert the words the child selected. The results will have you both laughing in your seats.

E.g. Ask the child to provide a person’s name, a verb, a

noun, an adjective and another verb. Don’t tell him the

story until he provides you with his selections. Then read the

story aloud with his suggestions.

E.g. Yesterday when person’s name was verbing in his noun,

a adjective bear verbed his foot.

Words: Colin, sit, hotdog, purple, punch

You would then read: Yesterday when Colin was sitting in his

hotdog, a purple bear punched his foot.


Always grade the activity to your child’s level so that the child can experience success.
HANGMAN Select a word, telling your child only the category. For

instance, an animal. Let the child guess a letter by showing

you what letter she wants on the computer.

E.g. of categories possible: food, tv shows, colours

CRAZY STORY Have your child make up a sentence and type it on the

computer screen. Now another player writes the next

sentence. Then go back to the child to write the next

sentence. Keep switching authors and make up a crazy,

nonsense story that is fun for the child (and you!)
CATALOGUE/ Have your child make a wish-list for an upcoming birthday

MAGAZINE or gift-giving/receiving holiday. Or have your child make up

a story about the image he sees. Or ask your child to type

what the name of the image is. For instance show him a

cat, a toy, a ball.

CROSSWORD Help your child to do a simple crossword on the computer.

He can type the number that the word corresponds to so

that he remembers what word he wrote for that number.


Here are some ideas to inspire your child to write.

The key to these suggestions is to make the games/suggestions FUN for your child.

Don’t expect your child to sit on his/her computer alone and write.

You have to spend time with your child and PLAY ALONG WITH your child.

Take turns: You type a sentence or word then your child types a sentence or word.

Remember to make sure your child has adjusted the font size to what he or she needs to allow him/her to see the words on the computer screen.

For younger children, the fonts Century Gothic and Comic Sans look very similar to how children are taught to print.

BEST FRIENDS (from Journals Mile 5: Best Friends, c2000, Golden Books)
-Where did you meet your best friend?

-How old were you when you met?

-What things do you like to do with your friends?
-Think of a character in a book that you would like to have as a friend.

-Write a letter to that friend

-If that character came to life, what would you do together?
-If you could zap yourself and a friend into a movie, which movie would you choose? Why?
-What excuses could you give for forgetting your best friend’s birthday?
-What is something you like that your friend doesn’t like?
-What famous people would you like to be friends with?

-What questions would you ask them?

-Imagine you and your friend are 200 years in the future or

in the past.

What will you do for fun?
-Pretend you and your friend have been captured and are prisoners in a castle.

-Pick three things you need to help you escape

-Who would you like to come to rescue you? Why?
-If you and your friend started a business together, what would it be?

-What would you call it?

-Describe your business

-Design a sign for your business

-Think about the best time you and your friend ever had. What did you do?
-What’s the nicest thing your friend ever did for you?

-What’s the nicest thing you ever did for your friend?

-What things make you and your friend laugh?
-Things my friend and I would do if our electricity went out for a week.
-You and your friend just found some vanishing cream. It lasts for 12 hours.

What will you do while you are invisible?

-The funniest thing my friend and me ever did…

-The scariest thing my friend and me ever did…
-The bravest thing my friend and me ever did…
-The stupidest thing my friend and me ever did…
-The nicest thing my friend and me ever did…

-What video do you and your friend like the most?

-What TV show do you and your friend like the most?
-What snack food do you and your friend like the most?
-What ice cream flavour do you and your friend like the most?

YOUR VERY OWN IDEAS: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________



-What is your school’s name?

-What grade are you in?

-Who is your favorite teacher? Why?

-Who is your least favorite teacher? Why?
-What is your favorite school lunch?

-What do you like to do at recess?

-What is your favorite subject? Why?
-What is your least favorite subject? Why?
-What is the funniest thing that ever happened while you were in school?
-What is the saddest thing that ever happened while you were in school?
-Who is your best friend at school?
-What day of the week is your favourite day at school? Why?

IMAGINE THAT… (from Journals Mile 5: Imagine That, c2000, Golden Books)

-Things I want to learn to do.

-Imagine you have a fairy godmother. She gives you three wishes. What do you wish for?
-Imagine you had one superhuman power. What would it be? Why?
-If you could pick the perfect job, what would it be?
-Things I am not allowed to do (but I wish I could)
-Imagine you can fly. Where would you go?
-If you could be one age for the rest of your life, what age would you choose? Why?
-Imagine you have a potion that makes people tell ONLY the truth.

-I would give the potion to…

-What questions would you ask that person?

-What do you think the answers would be?

-Imagine you could be any animal. What would you be?
-If you could choose only one food for a whole week, what would you choose?
-Imagine you are a dolphin. Write about your day.

-Begin with “ I woke up. Next I went”…

-If you could zap yourself into any TV show, what would it be? Why?
-You just won the lottery. What will you do now that you are rich?
-You just woke up in space. What do you see?
-You just became mayor of your town/city. What will you do?

-You are given a job in the circus. What will you do?

-You are a stowaway on a huge ship. Where are you going?
-You are the pilot of a plane. Where will you fly?
Other Ideas: Have your child make up a Wish List for a Birthday or other holiday.
Select some images from a magazine or photos from an album. Ask your child to tell you what is in the picture. Have your child describe the item.

YOUR VERY OWN IDEAS: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________



(from Grade 2 Vocabulary Puzzles, c1999 School Zone Publishing Company)


Preparation: Type out the following number line and directly below that type the corresponding letters. Then make up some descriptions that the child could spell their answers to, giving your child the corresponding numbers for that answer. With the letters supplied, you should be able to come up with lots of simple words that your child can type.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

a b d e i m n o p r s t u y

something a baby wears 2 5 2

sound of a horn 2 4 4 9

opposite of good 2 1 3

British word for a baby carriage 9 10 1 6

something you play with 12 8 14

what you sleep on 2 4 3

the opposite of no 14 4 11

what you use to listen 4 1 10

a short sleep 7 1 9

an animal with long ears 10 1 2 2 5 12

a purple dinosaur 2 1 10 7 4 14

another word for mother 6 8 6

another word for father 3 1 3

something you can write with 9 4 7


Preparation: Type the following words. Then ask your child to find the rhyming words that would answer each of the riddles you give them. Type each riddle one at a time and have your child type the answer so that the game is interactive. Once your child answers correctly, you type the next riddle for her to answer.

Damp, lucky, June, funny, chick, ducky, cub, bunny, loud, tub, sick, crowd, lamp, tune

Riddle: Where does a baby bear take a bath?

Answer: Cub tub
Riddle: What is a summer song?

Answer: June tune

Riddle: What is a light left out in the rain?

Answer: Damp lamp

Riddle: What is a rabbit that tells jokes?

Answer: Funny bunny

Riddle: What is a baby bird with the flu?

Answer: Sick chick

Riddle: What is a noisy group of people?

Answer: Loud crowd

Riddle: What is a bird that wins the prize?

Answer: Lucky ducky


Preparation: Write out the following words on two separate pieces of paper. All column one words are on one paper, and all column two words are on another paper. Give your child the two lists of words. Using the computer, type the first line, leaving blanks for the child to insert the word that fits from list one for the first space and list two for the second space. Take turns typing so that you are typing the ‘hint words’ and your child is filling in the blanks.

1 2

banker weather

cousin workers

hail family

dryer vegetables

tuba insects

cricket music

cabbage directions

ahead machines

  1. carrots + lettuce + ______________ = ________________

  2. aunt + uncle + ______________ = ________________

  3. behind + between + ______________ = ________________

  4. dentist + baker + ______________ = ________________

  5. ladybug + grasshopper + ______________ = ________________
  6. sleet + snow + ______________ = ________________

  7. piano + drums + ______________ = ________________

  8. washer + oven + ______________ = ________________


Preparation: If you don’t think your child could answer the questions without visuals, cut out pictures of different animals. Present those pictures to the child and ask him if he can guess the answer to the question you type for him. Have your child type out the answer.

e.g. What animal hides inside its shell? Answer: turtle

What animal sprays a stinky liquid? Answer: skunk

What animal runs very fast? Answer: cheetah

What animal changes colour? Answer: chameleon

What has a cocoon for a home? Answer: caterpillar

What animal has a pouch to hold its baby? Answer: kangaroo

e.g. strong as an ______ Answer: ox

quiet as a ________ Answer: mouse

hungry as a _________ Answer: wolf

stubborn as a ________ Answer: mule

swims like a _________ Answer: fish

sly as a _______ Answer: fox


Have your child move the letters around from the capitalized word so that the letters form the answer to your riddle. Your child can type the word on the computer as she attempts to figure out the new word.

1. Turn SHORE into an animal you can ride. Answer: horse

2. Turn LUMP into a purple fruit. Answer: plum

3. Turn OWNS into a winter storm. Answer: snow

4. Turn PEA into a large hairy animal. Answer: ape

5. Turn SORE into a flower. Answer: rose

6. Turn SWAP into a stinging insect. Answer: wasp

7. Turn NOTES into a small rock. Answer: stone

8. Turn BARE into a furry animal. Answer: bear

9. Turn TENS into a bird’s home. Answer: nest


Take these small words and add one letter to them to make a bigger word. You type the small word with the blank. Your child types the larger word.

e.g. pa__l The word pal can become what when we add a letter? Pail

fe__d fend, feed, feud

ch__in chain

ra__n rain

c__at chat, coat

sh__ut shout

bra__n brain

s__it spit, slit, snit, skit, suit

h__at heat

b__ad bead

fl__at float

b__it bait

p__in pain

me__n mean

s__ap slap, snap, soap, swap

__ear bear, near, rear, pear, dear, fear, gear, hear, tear, wear, year

s__in spin

win__ wind, wine, wing, wink, wins

hea__t heart


Type the word Chocolate on the computer screen. Have your child see

how many words she can find hidden inside that word.
Answer: late, ate, at, too, tea, coal, cool, tool, etch, lot, let, lea, colt, cola, hat, leach, each, teal, coach, teach, locate
Use any large words, such as: communication, punctuation, Christmastime, Great Barrier Reef, United States, Harry Potter
YOUR VERY OWN IDEAS: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________



Played just the way you would normally play this game except that your child has to make his guesses by typing the words on his computer screen.

e.g. I spy with my little eye something that is the colour blue.


Bring a few different items to the computer desk with you. Have them in a container with a towel covering them so your child can’t see what is inside the container. Don’t show your child what you have brought. While keeping the items in the container hidden from eyesight, remove one of the items and hide it with the towel. Have your child try to guess what the item is by feeling the item. Guesses have to be typed on the computer screen. Once your child guesses correctly, it is his/her turn to hide something in a towel for you to guess.


Preparation: Write out each letter of the alphabet on a separate piece of paper that measures about 4cm x 4 cm. Once you have all the letters done up, fold each paper into smaller pieces and place them inside a container or a paper bag.

Let your child draw a piece of paper from the bag and have your child open it up. See how many words your child can type up that start with that letter.
If the child has difficulty, don’t time him. If your child can come up with some words quite easily, then give them a set time to see how many words they can come up with in that time e.g. 1 minute, 2 minutes, 5 minutes, etc. or using a given category e.g. zoo animals


Have your child select a letter of the alphabet. Using one of the books she is reading, see how many of those letters she can find in a sentence, or paragraph, or on a page. Have her type out each word that begins with that letter.


Preparation: Copy out the following sentence parts and cut them up. Put the Beginnings in one cup, the Middles in another cup, and the Endings in a third cup. 20 Beginnings, 20 Middles and 20 Endings will allow your child and you to create 8000 different combinations!

Game: Let your child start. She draws out a Beginning from the cup and types it on the computer screen. Then you draw from the Middle cup and type your middle words next on the screen. Finally, your child selects from the Endings cup and completes the sentence. Usually the results will be a wacky sentence that will make you both laugh. Sometimes the combination doesn’t work well and you just have to shrug that one off saying “ That doesn’t make any sense at all. Oh well, let’s try the next one”.
Beginnings Middles Endings

The little boy rode a bike to the store.

Dad ran from the house to catch a bus.

Mom was in a hurry to get to the office.

My teacher waited to get my homework.

The horse ran through the woods to get to the barn.

My cat meowed and caught a mouse.

The dog barked to scare a stranger.

The brown chair was there so I could sit down.

The big lion slept in the woods while I ran away.

A baby elephant looked for his mother in the jungle.

My friend ate apples to get strong.

An orange grows in the sun.

The cat licks herself to get clean.

The bear lives in a cave to keep warm.

The boat sailed down the river without stopping.

The woman opened the door to the house.

The man caught a fish in the river.

The blanket is on the floor because it needs washing.

My cup is filled with chocolate milk.

The bird flies quickly because the fox will eat him.


Have your child type one sentence for a poem. Now you type the next sentence, trying to rhyme your last word with the last word of your child’s sentence. Keep going back and forth until you have a little rhyme.

e.g. My old grey cat

Sat on the mat.

He licked his face,

And then went to a race.

He saw three blind mice,

So he ate them with rice.


You type one word. Your child types a word that rhymes with that word. See how many words you can come up with. Once your child types his/her word, it is your turn to type a word. Keep taking turns, going until the chain is broken which occurs when you can no longer think of a word.

e.g. jump bump lump stump hump dump clump


This is a memory game when played orally, however, it can also be played on the computer. Each time, your child has to add a new item to grandmother’s suitcase. Have your child type each item that goes into grandmother’s suitcase, but have him remember the opening line: “In my grandmother’s suitcase, I packed…” by having him repeat it each time he types a new word to the list.

e.g. Player 1: In my grandmother’s suitcase, I packed a purple onion.

Player 2: In my grandmother’s suitcase, I packed a purple onion and a baby elephant. Player 1: In my grandmother’s suitcase, I packed a purple onion, a baby elephant and Brittany Spears.


Have your child type a word beginning with the letter “a”. Now you type a word that begins with the letter “b”, and so on. To make this more difficult, select certain categories that each word has to belong to.

e.g. animals, food, things you find in a classroom, things you see in a zoo/circus/hospital/at the beach, things you can buy at the corner store, tv shows, actors


Have you child pick any word and have her type it on the computer. You have to come up with a word that starts with the last letter that was in her word. Type it on the computer. Then it is her turn to come up with a word that starts with the last of the word you typed. Keep going back and forth.

e.g. cat






Preparation: draw up a board with each letter of the alphabet on it. Have your child toss a penny onto the board. Whatever letter it lands on, your child has to type a word that starts with that letter. Then it is your turn to throw the penny.


Preparation: draw up a bunch of fish. You could have your child help you draw some of the fish by using a drawing program/paint program, if you have one. Once you have a bunch of fish drawn up, write one letter of the alphabet on the fish’s belly. Letters can either be visible or hide them under the fish so that your child does not know which letter appears under each fish. Draw faces on one side of the fish so you know which side faces up. Cut out each fish. Attach black magnetic tape or small magnets to the belly of each fish. Then get a stick, a ruler or a dowel (anything that looks like a fishing pole) and tie a long string to the end of the pole. Attach a paperclip to the end of the string so it makes the hook that your magnetized fish can stick to.

Game: Lay the fish out so the magnets are facing up. Let your child go fishing for a fish. Whatever fish he catches, turn the fish over and see what letter is on the fish. Your child has to type a word that either begins (or contains, or ends) with that letter on the computer before he is allowed to go fishing again. Your child can either toss his fish back into the bunch of fish, or he can keep it out in a pile to see how many he can fish out.


Select a word. Type it on the computer. See what word your child can come up with by changing only one letter from your word to make a new word. You can add a letter, or switch a letter, or delete one letter. Once your child comes up with a word, it is your turn. Keep taking turns until you cannot come up with any more words.

e.g. cat…hat…hit…fit…fin…sin…sit…kit…kite…kites…site
e.g. lame…blame…flame…fame…fume…fuse…use…us…bus…but…bit…bite


Provide your child with three or more words and ask him to use these words in a sentence. Once he has finished, he gets to pick three or more words for you to use in a sentence/story.


Give your child a word. Ask her to come up with a word that belongs to the same category.

e.g. sofa – chair – table – stool – furniture

e.g. candy – gum – chocolate – kisses

YOUR VERY OWN IDEAS: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Here are some websites to inspire your child to write.

To be safe, always stay with your child while he or she surfs the Net. Note that sites sometimes change locations. Have a pen handy to jot down new addresses or other interesting websites you have come across that your child enjoys. ** means these are fun, great sites.


For games such as:

Tic Tac Toe, Colouring Book, Mr. Potato Head, Miss Onion,

Mr. Lemon, Mrs. Pepper, Connect 4, Ability Online Logo Puzzle

NOTE: You will have to join up to make the most of this site, which is offered through the Hospital For Sick Kids in Toronto. It takes a bit of time, but there is no monetary cost and there are areas where your child can talk/email other children. Kids can share their ideas & feelings in writing or by drawing Chat live with others on the site Favorites: Harry Potter, Goosebumps, Captain Underpants, Remnants,

Animorphs, Dear America, T’Witches, Clifford The Big Red Dog**,

The Magic School Bus, I Spy, Deltora Quest, Play! Scholastic Favorites: Arthur, Barney, Between the Lions, Caillou**, Clifford,

Cyberchase Dragon Trails, Jay Jay, Liberty’s Kids, Mister Rogers**,

Reading Rainbow, Sagwa, Sesame Street**, Zoboomafoo, Zoom For an interactive tour of the solar system Theodore Tugboat National Geographic site The National Library of Canada. Great site.

Links to other sites. Oh Canada Canadian Space Agency Environment Canada-

Canadian Wildlife Service Who is in the news? Canadian Broadcasting Corp. for kids Learn about it in French Librarian Berit Erickson’s list of great, safe sites for kids Young Writers of Canada Crayola site. Create cards for friends. Ideas to get your child writing. Lesson plans.

Creative writing.

WEBSITES YOU FIND: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

It is hoped that this booklet will be of use to parents/caregivers to help them come up with different ideas to inspire their children to use their computer. There are some good books out there for children to use as they learn written language. We have mentioned a few books in the booklet that we were able to get ideas from.

If possible, try to set a period of time aside each day (e.g. 15-20 minutes) to play along with your child on the computer using these ideas as starting points. Children will benefit from these interactive games, but only if you play alongside them. We hope that your child will come to see this special time as FUN because it is meant to be fun (as well as educational, but they don’t need to know that!) The more your child plays on the keyboard of their computer, the more familiar they will become with their keyboard, the use of their mouse, and their computer.

Whether your child types with one hand or both hands, let your child type however he or she finds best. Research now shows that children with fine motor difficulties do not do well with “Touch Typing” where their hands are placed on a home row. Children will often use the “Hunt and Peck” method. With practice, they can develop good speeds using this method.
This booklet was compiled and designed by

C. Van Riesen, Student of Occupational Therapy,

University of Toronto

October 2002

Augmentative Communication Services, KidsAbility – June 2015 Page

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