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Phonics games for early readers

These free phonics games can be played online or printed out and played together — and they’re fun, too!

Kids playing educational games

Your young reader probably doesn’t wake up in the morning begging to practice phonics. Still, an understanding of phonics (the sounds created by different letters or letter combinations) is essential to the development of reading and spelling skills. These games will help your child practice phonics while having lots of fun.


Rhyming Concentration

Rhyming Concentration is a free card game available from Teacher’s Take-Out. It can be downloaded and printed on card stock to make illustrated playing cards that feature rhyming words. The cards can be used in multiple games to keep young learners interested. Game rules and instructions are included.


Sort It Out

Sort It Out is an online word-sorting game available from PBS Kids’ The Electric Company. The game teaches new readers the difference between hard and soft vowel sounds.


Rainbow Games

Rainbow Games will send you a variety of printable phonics games if you subscribe to their newsletter. Games include card games and board games that appeal to a variety of interests and reading levels.


ABC Magic Phonics

ABC Magic Phonics is an iPhone app available from that teaches kids letter sounds by matching the letters of the alphabet to corresponding photographs.


Super Simple Learning

Super Simple Learning has free, interactive online phonics games as well as downloadable, printable phonics worksheets for early readers.


Starfall has many fun, visually appealing online reading games that teach kids letters and word sounds, including fun tongue twisters. Its virtual library for young readers includes fiction, nonfiction, plays and even Greek myths!



LoveToKnow has a variety of phonics board games for preschoolers and kindergarteners. You can download and print out the games for phonics fun at home.


Adrian Bruce’s Reading Stuff

Adrian Bruce’s Reading Stuff is another great resource for free phonics games that can be downloaded and printed out. Some games, such as Reading Jump, can even be played outside to put kids’ excess energy to good use.



Funfonix has both online phonics and reading games and printable phonics games. Games are available for a variety of reading levels.



KizPhonics has lots of online phonics games for pre-K to second-grade readers. In addition to games, it has stories and videos to support and deepen your child’s understanding of phonics.

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