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33 Fun Phonics Activities and Games for Early Readers

Phonics is the foundation for reading success.

Phonics activities including rolling wooden phonics dice on the grass and hacking pool noodles into phonics tools

Phonics is one of the five essential components of the science of reading , along with phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. Phonics activities help young learners break words into their constituent sounds so they build their literacy skills, bit by bit. Here are some of our favorite ways to teach these key skills.

1. Sing a phonics song

Still shot from a phonics song video for kids

Singing songs is such a fun and effective way to learn! Kids will love to watch and sing along, and might not even realize they’re learning along the way.

Learn more: 15 Phonics Songs for Kids at We Are Teachers

2. Color in the beginning sounds

Coloring pages for the letters A and B with pictures of things that start with those letters

Most kids start learning phonics by mastering the beginning sounds of words. Have kids color in the words that start with the matching sound on these cute and free worksheets.

Learn more: Beginning Sounds Coloring Pages at The Measured Mom

3. Use Google Slides

Google slides activity to help kids learn diagraphs like br and sh (Phonics Activities)

Google Slides has tons of fun phonics activities kids can use in the classroom or at home.

Learn more: 18 Interactive Google Slides for Teaching Phonics and Sight Words at We Are Teachers

4. Hang phonics anchor charts

Anchor chart showing vowel pairs (Phonics Activities)

When it comes to phonics, there’s a lot to learn. Post anchor charts around the room to help kids remember important rules like silent E , vowel blends, and hard and soft C and G . 

Learn more: 20 Perfect Anchor Charts for Teaching Phonics and Blends at We Are Teachers

5. Build words with a chart of beginning sounds

Colorful chart showing beginning sounds of words, with pictures of items starting with those sounds (Phonics Activities)

Grab this free printable chart and print out copies for your students to use with their phonics activities. There’s a version for rimes too.

Learn more: Beginning Sounds Chart at This Reading Mama


6. Learn digraphs with clip wheels

Child using clothespins to mark words that include the

Combine fine motor skills practice with phonics work with these free beginning digraph wheels. Tip: Add small dots on the back to mark the right answers so kids can self-correct their work.

Learn more: Digraph Wheels at Playdough to Plato

7. Slap the letter sounds

Alphabet magnets and a flyswatter laid out on a carpet (Phonics Activities)

Sounding out words letter by letter is a lot more fun when you slap each letter with a flyswatter! This is a great idea for active learners.

Learn more: Letter Sound Slap at Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls

8. Walk the word

Student walking along the letters of the word SPLIT spelled out with sidewalk chalk

This one will also keep active learners moving and happy! Write words in sidewalk chalk, then walk (or hop or skip) along them, sounding the word out along the way. Simple but fun!

Learn more: Gross Motor Phonics Game: Walk the Word at Coffee Cups and Crayons

9. Fill in the missing letters

Elementary student using sticky notes to fill in the missing letters in CVC words (Phonics Activities)

This active game combines a scavenger hunt with phonics! Hide sticky notes around the room with various vowels. Then, write CVC words with the vowels missing. Have kids hunt for the missing sounds and fill them in. Fun!

Learn more: Missing Sounds Reading Activity at Busy Toddler

10. Just swap one letter

Child using letter tiles to spell out words on a pictorial worksheet (Phonics Activities)

As students move from box to box, they change one letter to make the new word represented by the picture. They might need to change the first, middle, or last letter, so it’s a real challenge!

Learn more: Just Swap One at This Reading Mama

11. Make magic spoons

Child holding a spoon with ending letters written on the back next to beginning letters to spell words

Pick up a pack of plastic spoons at the dollar store, then use them to practice building words by combining beginning sounds with word endings.

Learn more: Activities To Teach Phonics and Math at Education to the Core

12. Toss and blend with plastic cups

Blue plastic cups with letter blends written on the inside rim

Grab a stack of plastic cups and some Ping-Pong balls for this fun phonics game. Label the cups with different letter blends and set them out (tape them down if they tend to fall over). Kids toss a ball into a cup, then come up with a word that uses that letter blend to earn a point.

Learn more: Toss and Blend at Education.com

13. Flip the pages

Notecard book with pages divided into thirds, with letters written on each to make CVC flipbooks

Divide the pages of a small notebook into thirds, then write letters on each page. Flip them to form new words.

Learn more: Phoneme Substitution Activities at Tickled Pink in Primary

14. Mix and match cups to make words

Child using red plastic cups labeled with letters to spell out simple words

If you’ve still got some cups left over, label them with more letters or letter blends, then use them to mix and match words. This is an especially fun way to work on CVC and sight words.

Learn more: CVC Cups at Inspired Elementary

15. Hack pool noodles into phonics tools

Pool noodles cut into letters

This has got to be one of our favorite phonics activities. Cut a pool noodle into pieces and label it with letters. Then stack and spin for learning fun!

Learn more: Pool Noodle Phonics at We Are Teachers

16. Spin and rhyme

The word fan broken up into first sound (f) and ending chunk (an)

Here’s a different spin (pun intended!) on Pool Noodle Phonics. All you need is a cardboard tube, a wire pants hanger, scissors, and a marker to make this fun DIY rhyming activity.

Learn more: Spin and Rhyme at No Time for Flash Cards

17. Make some phonics cubes

Large fabric cubes with phonics sounds and images on each side (Phonics Activities)

Slide the free printable inserts into a set of photo cubes, then roll until you get the correct combination of letter and word ending.

Learn more: Phonics Cubes at This Reading Mama

18. Use paint stirrers to make word pull-outs

Paint stirring sticks labeled with letters, tucked into paper sleeves with word endings on them

These clever phonics tools are easy to make using paint stirrer sticks and paper towel tubes. Simply slide the stick in and out to make new words!

Learn more: Word Family Pull-Out Activity at I Can Teach My Child

19. Play a flip-top phonics game

Flip top lids from baby wipes packages attached to cardboard to help kids learn their letter sounds

If you go through packages of wipes like most parents do, you’ll appreciate this idea. Save the flip tops and use them for DIY phonics activities.

Learn more: Flip Top Phonics Games for Kids at No Time for Flash Cards

20. Use a pocket chart for phonics activities

Blue pocket chart with phonics sounds and corresponding word cards (Phonics Activities)

Here’s another reason teachers love pocket charts: They’re great for phonics centers. Sort and match cards to practice beginning sounds, blends, short and long vowels, and so much more.

Learn more: Short A Activities and Resources at Miss Giraffe’s Class

21. Compete at Blends and Digraphs Bingo

Blends and Digraphs Bingo cards with blue plastic markers

Every kid loves a good game of bingo! Snag these free printable bingo cards and use them to practice blends and digraphs.

Learn more: Blends and Digraph Bingo at The Measured Mom

22. Toss some phonics water balloons

Child holding a pink water balloon labeled with the letters UG next to a paper target labeled B

This one almost seems too fun to count as learning! Tape up beginning sounds, then toss water balloons to complete the words.

Learn more: Water Balloon Phonics at Mess for Less

23. Race to the Top with blends and digraphs

Printable Race to the Top phonics game on a metal cookie sheet (Phonics Activities)

Play this free printable game to practice consonant blends. Toss a chip onto the board and say that word out loud. Then move the counter for the correct blend up one space. First to the top wins!

Learn more: Blends and Digraphs Games at This Reading Mama

24. Try locks and keys to learn phonics

Simple lock and key, each with a plastic tag labeled with letter blends

This self-correcting phonics activity is also a good way to practice fine motor skills … and a lot of fun to boot! Label keys with beginning sounds and locks with word endings, then match them up and try the key to see if you’re right.

Learn more: Unlock and Learn Game at We Are Teachers

25. Play Phonogram Connect 4

Printable phonogram Connect Four game

Draw a word card and find an open phonogram slot on the board. Your goal is to get four in a row!

Learn more: Phonogram Connect Four at Mrs. T’s First Grade Class

26. Teach them the Soft C & G Chant

Printable Soft C & G Chant worksheet (Phonics Activities)

Simple little chants like this will help kids remember some of those confusing language rules. Pair it with other favorites like “ I before E , except after C .”

Learn more: Soft C and G at This Reading Mama

27. Mix, color, and spell

pictures, crayons, and a worksheet with a few squares colored in and magnetic letters on a whiteboard in the background

We can’t get enough of games that reinforce CVC words with short vowels—it’s such an important early literacy skill! Practice identifying and distinguishing between vowels by coloring in the middle sound from pictures of CVC words.

Learn more: Teaching CVC Words at Susan Jones Teaching

28. Write the Room: Digraphs

Worksheet with digraphs ch, sh, and th, and green dots showing how to complete the activity, and three small pictures

Use this fun little letter scavenger hunt to move around the room to search for pictures with digraphs. First, mark the ones you find with a dot marker and then use another sheet to write the digraphs.

Learn more: Beginning Digraphs Write the Room at ABC’s of Literacy

29. Use disappearing ink for letter formation

Letter M drawn with water on white paper with a jar of water next to it

One of the first keys to early reading success is letter identification and formation. Keep it fresh by using “disappearing ink” (aka water) so students have to trace letters multiple times to prevent them from disappearing too fast. With so few materials and such high engagement, what’s not to love?

Learn more: 3 Simple Play-Based Phonics Activities at Research and Play

30. Do word sorts

word sort with patterns with vowel teams ai and ay, with scissors and two color pencils

Word sorts are great for comparing word patterns that make the same sound, like vowel teams. They can also help reinforce so many different phonics skills, making them the perfect activity that can be easy differentiated for learners of all stages.

Learn more: Using Word Sorts for Phonics Instruction at Mrs. Winter’s Bliss

31. Roll and Read

Game with six rows of words with dice numbers 1-6

Roll a die and read the word from the corresponding column. Play with a partner or do it solo by coloring in the words as you read them.

Learn more: Lesson 79 Roll and Read at UFLI. While you’re there, check out the UFLI free lesson resources , which include decodable passages and games for almost every phonics skill!

32. Roll letter dice

three cube blocks with letters written on them lying on the grass

A perfect DIY idea for old blocks! Use three blocks and write consonants on two of them and vowels on the other. Have some fun rolling and blending CVC words.

Learn more: DIY Phonics Games at Early Impact Learning

33. Sort syllable types

stack of words with arrow showing how the words can be sorted into categories

If you are teaching the different syllable types, this word sort helps students practice their knowledge of the six types and shows you what they know.

Learn more: Six-Way Syllable Sort at Florida Center for Reading Research. Also, check out the many other phonics resources available by grade level: Kindergarten and First Grade or Second and Third Grades .

Looking for more phonics activities? Learn What Makes a Good Decodable Text here.

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Home-made Phonics Activities


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In school the children have been working within Phase 3. We are moving on to working within Phase 4 phonics as part of home learning and then when the children return to school. In Phase 4 phonics, children will:

  • blend to read and segment to spell CVCC and CCVC words (for example bump, nest, crab, grip)
  • read and spell high frequency words
  • practise reading and writing sentences 
  • learn to read more tricky words, including 'have', 'like', 'some', 'little'.  

It is useful to continue to revise sounds from Phase 3 as your child will continue to use these sounds within their reading and writing. 

You can have lots of fun playing phonic games with your child. Below are some games you could play at home:

  • Bingo - reading and spelling words on a bingo board.  Your child could read or spell different words and win bingo if they can read or spell words correctly.
  • Word hunt - finding words and keywords hidden around your home.
  • Matching pairs - finding and reading matching words. Word cards could be hidden for your child to find.  
  • Silly voices - say sounds in a high, low, happy or grumpy voice.
  • 'Skip to it!' - run, jump, hop or skip to a certain word. 
  • 'Fishing for phonics' - 'fish' for words written on ping pong balls. The balls could be in the bath or hidden in the house. Your child could use a net to try and catch the balls.
  • Sing an alphabet song -  have lots of fun learning an alphabet song. Then point to a letter and ask your child to tell you its letter name and sound. 

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Fun phonics activities for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade

Teaching phonics is one of the most effective ways to help children learn how to read. A key component of the Science of Reading, phonics instruction teaches children how to correlate sounds with letters or groups of letters, empowering them to decode and encode words. Phonics instruction is essential to helping students learn how to read and write; without this foundational reading skill, students will struggle to read with fluency and comprehension.

Unfortunately, phonics instruction also has a reputation for being boring, repetitive, and dull.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be! There are a wide variety of activities that can make phonics practice fun and engaging for all learners. We’ve collected 50 of our favorite phonics activities for you to try in your classroom.

Whether you need phonics activities for kindergarteners that build letter recognition, phonics activities for first graders that teach decoding and encoding vowels and consonants, or phonics activities for second graders that focus on syllable and spelling patterns, you’re sure to find a fun activity to integrate into your lesson planning.

Complete the short form on this page to access your free copy of 50 Fun Phonics Activities for the full list, or keep reading to see 15 sample activities from the guide.

1. Letter Labels

Post images of different animals, foods, and other objects around the room. Give students sticky notes with letters on them. Have students attach the letter sticky notes to the images whose names start with that letter (so the sticky note with the letter C would be attached to the image of a carrot).

Tip: Repeat this activity, but using final sounds (now the sticky note with the letter T is attached to the image of the carrot).

Illustration of a carrot for use in phonics instruction

2. Go Fish!

Create a set of flash cards with the uppercase and lowercase for 8 letters (16 cards total per set). Separate students into groups of two or three, with each child receiving three cards, with the remaining cards going into the pile. Have children play Go Fish. Each child should ask another member of their group for a letter to try to make a match. If there is no match, they draw a new card from the pile to add to their hand.

3. Letter Says 

Try this phonics-friendly version of Simon Says: Give each child a card with an uppercase or lowercase letter (limit to no more than 6 total, such as C , c , S , s , O , o ). Give instructions based on letters: “Simon Says, if you’re holding an uppercase C , touch your nose!”

Tip: For an easier version, use only uppercase (or only lowercase) letters.

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4. Letter Swap

Write a word on your board, such as POT. One by one, let kids erase one of the existing letters and replace it with a new letter to form a new word. For example, POT could become COT, PIT, or POD. COT could become CAT, PIT could become SIT, or POD could become NOD. Continue until kids are unable to form new words.

Tip: Add complexity by allowing students to add or delete letters (POT could become SPOT or POST).

5. Letter Line Up

Many letters are formed with straight lines, such as A, M, and T. Create a set of uppercase letters, and challenge students to sort them according to how they’re formed: only straight lines (like X and W ), only curvy lines (like S and C ), and a mix of straight and curvy (like B and P ).

Tip: Repeat this activity with lowercase letter cards. Have kids discuss which letters only use straight lines in uppercase, but use curvy lines (or a mix of straight and curvy) in lowercase (like A / a and E / e ).

Example letter formation diagrams for classroom phonics activities

6. Spelling Challenge

Get a little friendly competition going on in the classroom! Put students in small groups. Give each group the same set of letter cards (for example, a , d , g , h , i , l , r , u ). Set a timer and have each group come up with as many words as they can with the provided letters. At the end, have each group read and spell their words aloud. The group with the largest number of correctly spelled words wins!

7. Vowels Up, Thumbs Up!

To help children differentiate between vowels, pick a vowel and then instruct children to put their thumbs up when they hear the vowel. For example, for short vowel o / o /, use words like pat , pot , pod , pad , sad , sod , tap , top , lot, lit. After the game, have students help you write the words on the board to reinforce spelling.

Elementary-age student gives thumbs up gesture as part of a phonics game.

8. Silent Simon

This is a version of Simon Says that’s completely silent! Create large cards with decodable action words (such as stand , sit , wave , spin ) and body parts (such as hand , face , nose , chest , leg ). One by one, silently display the cards. If it’s an action word, students should perform the action. If it’s a body part, students should point to the corresponding body part.

9. Eyes on OO!

The vowel digraph oo can be challenging for some children. Slowly read aloud a list of words, and have children form the two o’s with their hands and hold them up to their eyes like binoculars when they hear the sound. For example, your list may contain ruff , roof , room , rope , hop , hoop , bat , and boot . Go through the list a second time, asking children to help you spell each word.

Illustration of a child forming binoculars with their hands.

10. Reading Hopscotch

Use masking tape to create squares on the floor. Next to each square, place a card with a decodable word. Have children line up and play hopscotch one by one, jumping forward one square for each word they read correctly.

Tip: This is a helpful activity to strengthen students’ proficiency with tricky spelling patterns, such as - le (as seen in candle , sample , table , tickle , etc.).

11. Human Syllable Bee

Have a small group of students come up to the front, and give each one a letter card. First challenge the group to spell a word with their letters. Then have one more student come to the front and give them a card with a slash on it. Have the remaining children determine where the syllable break is and direct the “slash” to stand in that position. Swap out the letter cards and repeat with a new word. 

Every few words, have children change positions (between holding cards and sitting at their desks).

Illustration of phonics letter-cards forming the word napkin, with a slash mark designating the two syllables.

12. Syllable Boxes

To help students strengthen their understanding of closed syllables, give them a worksheet with a list of words with a closed syllable, such as lemon , visit , model , and topic . Have students draw a box around the closed syllable.

Tip: Include words that do not have closed syllables, such as hero and baby . Have students try pronouncing these words with closed syllables (such as her/o and bab/y ) to see how silly they sound!

13. Word Bingo

Create a 4 x 4 grid. Have students write high-frequency words (such as he , be , we , go , so , no , me ) in the spaces; encourage students to put the words in a random order. Then read the words aloud one by one, having students marking off a word when they hear it. When a student has a straight line marked, they have BINGO!

Bingo card with high-frequency words for a fun phonics game.

14. Flash Card Race

Write or print high-frequency words on a set of flash cards. Distribute one set to each student. Say a high-frequency word and challenge children to hold up the corresponding flash card as fast as they can.

15. Mystery Sentences

At the beginning of the week, display a “Mystery Sentence” in your classroom. This should be a sentence that is missing the phonics components that you will be teaching that week. For example, for the week that you are teaching diphthong ou and the vowel sound that appears in ball (spellings: aw , au , al , ough ), the Mystery Sentence could be: “I s__ a sm___ m__se, and it made no s__nd. It might h__l away my lunch or put its p___s on my desk. What ___t I do?”

As the week goes on and skills are learned, fill in the missing blanks. For example, this sentence would be revealed: “I saw a small mouse, and it made no sound. It might haul away my lunch or put its paws on my desk. What ought I do?”

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39 Fantastic Phonics Activities for Kids

August 28, 2023 //  by  Lauren Du Plessis

Build your collection of phonics resources with these 39 fantastic activities! Rather than attempting to explain confusing language rules to your students, expose them to the concepts through fun and dynamic learning experiences. These activities are designed to improve your students’ phonemic awareness and reading skills in a playful and enjoyable manner. Check out our exciting ideas to jazz up your phonics lessons! 

1. Phonetic Spelling Activity


Spelling words phonetically, better known as spelling them out as they sound, is an important developmental milestone. Encourage your kiddos to sound out and pronounce words without worrying about conventional spelling rules. In doing so, you will improve their phonics recognition and overall reading fluency. 

Learn more: Very Well Family

2. Playdough Phonics Mats


If you’re looking for a hands-on activity, why not use playdough? Provide your students with a mat depicting the outlines of letters, and guide them to use their play dough to craft 3D letters on it. Have them sound out each letter to improve their sound-letter association.

Learn more: Education to the Core

3. Rainbow Hop


Looking for a way to get your kids warmed up and ready to learn? Lay out colored paper circles, with each circle containing a letter. Have your kids start at one end of the rainbow and roll a die to see how many places they should move. As they hop from one letter to the next, ask them to shout out the sound of the letter that they land on. 

Learn more: Fun Learning for Kids

4. Sound Cups

To help your kids with letter and sound recognition, try sound cups! Label 26 cups, each with a different letter of the alphabet. Then, give your kids an assortment of small objects and ask them to sort the objects by placing them into the correct cups.

Learn more: Pre-Kinders

5. Spin and Rhyme


This spin and rhyme game is a wonderful way to teach your kids how to sound out phonics and combine them to form words. To make it more interesting, challenge them to create silly rhymes and come up with similar-sounding words.

Learn more: No Time For Flash Cards

6. Four In a Row


This is a great activity for pairs! Group your learners and give each team a set of different colored markers.  Have the pairs then take turns naming the object in a picture before coloring it in. The first to find four in a row that begin with the same letter sound wins!

Learn more: The Measured Mom

7. Alphabet Ball

Do your kids like to play ball? Incorporate it into your phonics lesson with this game! Call out a letter and have your students pass the ball around as they say words that begin with that letter. 

Learn more: Hands-On As We Grow

8. Stretch It Out


To help your learners better pronounce a word, encourage them to stretch it out. This activity helps you do just that – literally! Tape letters on an elastic band and have your kids stretch them apart to sound out the letters individually.  Then, guide them to move their hands closer together, eventually blending the sounds until they finally say the word.  


Kaboom is a simple activity that is useful in solidifying your learners’ phonics knowledge and increasing their vocabulary. Place ice cream sticks with letters written on one end inside a cup. Have your little ones then pull them out one by one and think of a word beginning with that letter.

10. Which One Doesn’t Belong


Build phonological awareness in your students by asking them to look at the card and the specified letter. Give them cards that each display a letter and a few images. Then, ask them to pick out one picture that doesn’t belong and explain what letter the wrong item begins with.

Learn more: Teachers Pay Teachers

11. Phonics Hopscotch

Take learning out onto the playground or even into your driveway at home! Have your students correctly sound out the letters or phonics combinations in the squares they land on before hopping onto the others.

Learn more: Ccing It One Day At A Time

12. Letter Sound Race


If you’re looking to stoke your learners’ competitive spirits, try this race activity! Sort your kiddos into teams and have them race to select the letter or phonics combination that you call out.

Learn more: Inspiration Laboratories

13. I Spy Phonics

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Spice things up with a game of I Spy! Instead of colors or shapes, instruct your kiddos to look for items based on their initial sounds. For example, “I spy something that starts with ‘m’.”

Learn More: Twinkl

14. Phonics Discovery Bottle


For a playful phonics activity, try making a Discovery Bottle! Find little objects that begin with each letter of the alphabet and add them to a bottle with some colorful rice. Have your kids then sound out each letter of the alphabet and find a corresponding item hidden in the bottle.  

Learn more: The Imagination Tree

15. Write the Room


These write-the-room activities are the perfect print resource for you! They contain picture cards that you can hang around the room and a recording sheet for your little ones. Ask them to utter the sound that a picture starts with, and then proceed to mark it off on their activity sheet.

Learn more: ABCs of Literacy

16. Mystery Mitten Matching


This simple matching activity neatly incorporates phonics learning. Hide a foam or magnetic letter under a mitten and call out four words that start with the letter. Ask your students to listen carefully and then say the sound repeated in those words. Then, ask them to guess the letter you’ve hidden!

Learn more: Growing Book By Book

17. Play in Pairs Phonics Activity

Looking for a slightly advanced phonics activity for your older learners? This one fits the bill!  Have your students work together in pairs to play games that’ll help them read multisyllabic words.

Learn more: What I Have Learned Teaching

18. Sound Matching Popsicles


This is another fantastic matching game to make phonics more interesting! Create A-Z alphabet popsicles and laminate them so that they remain in good shape for years to come. Each popsicle has two halves: one with the letter and the other with a corresponding picture. Scramble the letters and pictures on a table, and then instruct your students to match them up to create popsicles.

Learn more: Play Dough To Potato

19. Counting Syllables


Why not use technology to assist you in building phonics recognition in your little ones? This simple counting syllables game will soon become one of their favorites!

Learn more: education.com

20. Draw the Sound

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Try this activity to add an arty element to your lessons! Simply have your pupils draw pictures of objects that start or end with a specific sound. This will not only help you strengthen their ability to recognize sounds, but it’ll also inspire creativity.

Learn More: Read With Phonics

21. Invest In A Phonics Box Set


This box set works very well for your little Peppa Pig fans! It contains ten stories designed to help reinforce short vowel sounds and two workbooks to practice.  

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22. Phonics Flower Garden Problem Solving Game

This problem-solving game is an excellent resource to add some suspense and excitement to your lessons! It will engage your little ones in a mystery; allowing them to improve many phonics skills such as blending sounds and creating word clusters and suffixes.

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23. Phonics Crosswords


Who doesn’t love a good puzzle? Crosswords are a fantastic follow-up activity to your phonics lesson. They will help you expose your students to example words that contain the specific sound that you’re currently working on. 

Learn more: Monster Phonics

24. Blending Sounds

Blending sounds is a fundamental skill in phonics and early literacy. With this simple game, you can improve your learners’ word-picture association and prompt them to identify consonant sounds and practice consonant blends. 

Learn more: Youtube

25. Use Phonics Sheet Activities


These activity sheets are a wonderful addition to your lessons! They will help your little ones learn new sounds and practice letter formation, thus fostering their emergent writing skills.

Learn more: Jolly Learning

26. Phonics Bingo

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To make it more enjoyable for your students to learn and practice sounds, try Phonics Bingo! Create Bingo cards with words that contain different sounds. Then, to play, clearly call out the phonemes and ask your little ones to mark off the matching squares on their cards.

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27. Alphabet Soup

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Liven up your phonics lesson with this interactive activity! Fill a bowl with magnetic or foam letters and have your learners take turns to fish them out. Make your kiddos pronounce the phonetic sound of each letter and think of words that start with it.

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28. Syllable Clap Game

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Recognizing syllables is a fundamental phonics skill. Help your students master this with a simple game whereby they say a word and then clap for each syllable they hear. This lively activity will help you better their ability to break words into smaller parts. 

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29. Phonics Hide and Seek

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Looking for ways to transform learning into an adventure? This phonics exercise does just that!  Hide cards containing letters or words around the room, and task your little ones with seeking them out. As they find each card, have them sound out what is written on it.

Learn More: Empowering Parents To Teach  

30. Phonics Flip Book

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Flip books are fantastic learning tools because of how interactive they are! Create a phonics version that features different beginning and ending sounds. By flipping through the pages, your students can create and read different words. This will help them explore different phonetic patterns and understand how sounds blend.

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31. Sand Writing

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Incorporate sensory play into your lessons with this hands-on activity! Allow your pupils to write letters or words in a tray of sand or salt. To reinforce letter-sound relationships, encourage them to say each sound as they write!

Learn More: Learn With Play At Home

32. Letter Jump Game

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If you’re keen to get your students moving, this activity is an excellent choice.  Draw letters of the alphabet on the ground with chalk, spacing them out evenly. Have your kiddos jump from one letter to the next, shouting out the sound of the letter they land on. Or, you can call out different sounds and instruct them to land on the corresponding squares.  Vary the instructions to keep them on their toes!

Learn More: The Imagination Tree

33. Phonics Charades

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This versatile parlor game is a fantastic way to infuse liveliness into your lessons! Create a bunch of cards that each display a word. One at a time, have your students pick a card and then act out the word for the other students to guess. 

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34. Picture Sort

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Transform learning into a creative exploration with this sorting activity! Provide your students with a collection of pictures and have them sort the images based on the initial or ending sound. What a fun way to practice sound recognition!

Learn More: This Reading Mama

35. Phonics Bean Bag Toss

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For an action-packed lesson, try this entertaining game that involves throwing bean bags! Label different baskets with phonics sounds. Then, instruct your learners to toss a bean bag into a basket and come up with a word that contains the sound associated with that basket. Or, give them a word and have them throw bean bags into the basket for each sound in that word.

Learn More: Pride Reading Program

36. Word Chains

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Word chains are excellent teaching tools for young children just starting to read. Have your little ones create chains by changing a word one letter at a time to form a new word (for example, cat – mat – map). This activity will help you build their blending and segmentation skills.

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37. Phonics Checkers

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Give this classic game a phonics twist! Create a custom checkers game where each square is assigned a letter. As your students move their pieces, ask them to make the sound of the letter they land on.

Learn More: Meaningful Mama  

38. Chalkboard Phonics

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Why not take learning outside for a change?  Have your kiddos practice writing different letters or words with chalk, saying the sounds out loud as they write. If they aren’t old enough to write just yet, you can draw the outlines of the letters and have your learners color them in.

Learn More: Rainy Day Mum

39. Sound Detective

This game is sure to add excitement to your class and challenge your little ones! Play a sound and have them identify the letter or letters that make up that sound. 

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