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Knock, knock!

On my way into work this morning (last day of term, whoop, whoop), I was crawling along behind a black cab. Nothing exciting there I know. In the back window was this really cool logo, with the tag line ‘Say Hailo to a cab’

It made me smile; it’s no secret that I am easily pleased.

So then my fuzzy brain started thinking about wordplay generally and how we can employ it to engage children and adults (yes, you too) in language.

I don’t know about you, but I love a bit of wordplay. At the moment Master Frog is into joke books in a big way. Lucky me! In our little froglet’s case almost any book will do, but the joke book is a great way of encouraging boys to read. The downside is of course, that you then get bombarded with some pretty terrible material.

However, I am a silver lining kind of chicken, so can cope with the, at times, barrage of ‘comedy’ because a) he’s reading, b) it’s cute really and c) he is becoming increasingly aware of wordplay and how language works. Pretty great eh?

I’ve had a bit of a trawl through the www and found this hidden gem just for you: This site contains links to over 500 pages of word puzzles, games, amazing lists, and fun facts. It’s got some great ideas and although they are on-line games, many can be easily adapted for car journeys or rainy days.

I shall end with the world famous Chicken and Frog joke.

A chicken walks into a bookshop and says ‘Book, book, book, book.’ Her froggy friend replies ‘Read it, read it, read it.’

I thank-you. Please pay at the door. Only one show a night!


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