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Dutch children used to learn to read with these wooden boards (leesplankje) that display a fixed row of words and pictures.

Picture taken by Admiraals Weblog on Flickr.com.

Dutch reading board, photographed by Admiraals Weblog on Flickr.com.

To make learning with the combined pictures and words more individual, Biggle Toys has developed a digital reading board called i-blocks. Children can spell the words they see and will then hear the words pronounced as feedback.

It helps to connect the different senses: children hear the words and see them at the same time. An advantage is that children do not need teacher supervision while using the i-blocks. It can thus be used to provide extra training for those children who need it.

Picture taken from biggle-toys.com.

i-blocks material.

The concept resembles the ideas by Waag Society to develop intuitive, physical toys to support spelling education by combining sight with sound, as worked out in the Spelling Factory.

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