For many kids learning the formation of the b’s and d’s can be really confusing.  When I use the Orton-Gillingham approach with my students, I first teach the letter b and then I don’t teach the letter d until all the other consonants have been learned.  The kids have so much practice with the b formation, by the time they get to d it makes sense.  On today’s post I am going to share a really fun hands on activity with you that your kids will enjoy.  Here is how you do the Magnetic Pom Pom Letter Activity:

Getting Started:

Materials Needed:

  • Magnetic Board
  • Magnetic Dots
  • Pom Poms
  • Black Marker
  • Print out of a large letter b (optional)

How to Make It:

Take out your magnets and pom poms.  You will put a magnet on the back of each of the pom poms.  I get my magnets at Lakeshore, but you can get them at Michaels or other craft stores as well.  This is an initial investment of about $6.00. It is a really good investment though because you can use this activity over and over again with any letter or letter combination you like.

You can easily make your own letter mats by printing out individual letters from your computer and laminating them or putting them in sheet protectors.  Or.. you can just write the letter with a black marker on the magnetic whiteboard.

How to Use it

On the table, set out a container with the magnetic pom poms next to the magnet board.  On the magnet board, either write the letter b or place the printed out b on the magnet board.  As your child learns new letters, you can add those to the pile.  Just never include any letters the child hasn’t learned yet. The child will have fun placing the magnetic pom poms on the letter.  

If you are a traveling Orton-Gillingham tutor, you can easily put the pom poms in a small container and carry them in your Tutor Bag from client to client. If you are a teacher in a classroom,  you can use this as a Center Activity.  Each week put a new letter for the kids to place their pom poms on.  

I hope you enjoyed this post today!

And while you are here… please check out the PRIDE Reading Program.  This is an Orton-Gillingham program that is heavily scripted, super easy to use, very affordable and used by homeschooling parents, tutors and teachers with great success.  Let me know what you think. Thank you for reading my post today!

Karina Richland, M.A., is the author of the PRIDE Reading Program, a multisensory Orton-Gillingham reading, writing and comprehension curriculum that is available worldwide for parents, tutors, teachers and homeschoolers of struggling readers. Karina has an extensive background in working with students of all ages and various learning modalities. She has spent many years researching learning differences and differentiated teaching practices. You can reach her by email at or visit the website at

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