I stick words

I stick words

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Inspired by the pedagogy of Antoine de la Garanderie, a game to learn to recognize the words of objects around us, while moving.

Strong points

  • Visual evocation, visual discrimination, beginning of reading
  • Some parents are amazed to find that their child has learned to read "spontaneously," only by looking at the stories they read, by looking at food labels or any written material they may have encountered. It is a shame not to put children in a position to "see" words.
  • Warning, unlike what is sometimes seen on children's media, do not use capital letters: we do not learn to read with capital letters and it does not facilitate the work.


  • Bristol cards cut into labels 3 cm high
  • Adherent paste repositionable (Patafix® for example)

The game

  • Write on the labels, in small print, names of objects that are in his room or in the house.
  • Suggest to your child to put in his head the image of his favorite toy. "If you close your eyes, do you see your castle in your head?"
  • Give him the label "castle" and tell him it is written "castle". Propose him to fix the label "castle" on the castle and invite him to put in his head the image of the castle with the label "castle". "Look at your castle with its name to put it in your head, now close your eyes, see the castle in your head, and do you see his name?" Have him go back and forth between what he sees and what he evokes.
  • Do the same thing with another object.
  • Remove the labels from the two objects and have them stick each label to its owner. If he is having fun and only in this case, add a third card. Otherwise, you will continue another day.
  • In toddlers, promote movement whenever possible. So in this game, objects can be moved away. This will force your child to move from one object to another to "put in his head", "take off the word", "pick it up".

Council +

For children with whom it does not work, do not insist. We must also understand the "sensitive periods" described by Maria Montessori and think that if your child is willing to develop other abilities, it is better to focus on them. Otherwise, you take the risk of spending incredible energy for a mediocre result.

A game from the book "Games to learn from the pedagogy of Antoine de La Garanderie", by Bénédicte Denizot, ed. Eyrolles, coll. Learn differently

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