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What is a palindrome?


What is a palindrome?

What to do with this activity?

Well, what is a palindrome? It's a word or phrase or a series of numbers that reads exactly the same forwards and backwards. Palindromes are not very important, but they are fun to look out for.  

The short sentence "Madam, I'm Adam" has the same letters in the same order whether you read it from left to right, or right to left. Another palindrome sentence is "Was it a cat I saw?"

Lots of words and names are palindromes, like "rotator", "kayak", "Anna", and "noon". 

Palindromes can be numbers or dates too. For instance the date 02/02/2020 has the numbers in the same sequence which ever way you read it. See of your child can come up with more palindromes.



  • Why am I doing this?

    Reading is like a muscle – the more your child practises it the stronger their ability to read becomes. Reading with your child, encouraging them and giving them space to read makes reading part of their everyday lives.

  • How can I do more?

    Talk to your child about which books they liked and what they think would be good to read next. Look out for other activities for your child’s age group in your local library.
    Use magazines and newspapers for ideas, words and facts. Use the pictures as well as the words. Show your child different types of books - storybooks but also poetry and factual books for children, for example on nature, animals or insects. Encourage your child’s interest in reading about topics they enjoy, for example animals, music and football. Enjoying reading is the most important thing. 

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