Fun Clothespin Orton Gillingham Remediation Ideas and More

Incorporating the fun factor can help to
make any difficult lesson enjoyable. 
I found these cute, little, painted clothespins on Ebay, and I think it
will take my lessons to a whole new level.  I have color coded the vowels and consonants as well as the digraphs. There are so many ways I can use these clothespins to enhance my lessons!

It will enhance my lessons for a number
of reasons:

  • Using these cute, colorful, mini clothespins that measure only 1 1/2 inches by 1/2 an
    inch will surely engage my learners.
  • Opening and closing
    clothespins also helps to develop fine motor skills.
  • Color-coding the letters can help the children differentiate between vowels and
  • Color-coding the letters can also help students discriminate between the different types
    of syllables.  If you look at the image above, the first two words are closed syllables, the third word is an open syllable, and the final word is a silent-e syllable.
  • Placing
    digraphs on a single clothespin helps the kids to remember that the two letters
    only make one sound. 
What are some
other possibilities?

  • You can store them in color-coded, up-cycled pill containers. 
  • You
    can also bring in additional colored clothespins to represent diphthongs (vowel
    combinations) as well as digraphs.
  • You
    can use large clothespins too.  If
    you can’t find colored ones, the easiest thing to do would be to make your own.  I have a number of suggestions linked under the next heading.
  • You can also use clothespins with whole numbers and integers to help students understand the sequence of the number line and when adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing.  
  • You can even use clothespins for grammar.  Students can sort nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs etc. onto the correct clothing hanger.  
Other clothespin ideas found
on Pinterest:
  • Other Clothespin Ideas: 

  • Dying

  • Painting Clothespins:
I will be getting bigger clothespins too as
they are better at accommodating more than one letter.  This way I can also create activities
for prefixes, roots and suffixes.
If you have any comments or some other cool
ideas to do with clothespins, please share them below.

If you are looking for other ways to make your Orton-Gillinghman or phonics based program fun and enjoyable, you can review all my reading remediation materials at

Cheers, Erica

Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning and Dyslexia Materials.  She is also the director of Learning to Learn, in Ossining, NY.  To learn more about her products and services, you can go to &  
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