Teaching kids to read is one of the most important things on your daily to-do list. But making that learning FUN can feel daunting – it’s hard to know where to start.

Enter: phonics games! When learning feels more like play than work, even reluctant readers will ask to practice it. And this roundup of 27 motivating phonics activities will give you plenty of fun ways to work on vowel sounds, beginning sounds, letter blends and digraphs. Learning to read will feel more exciting than ever!

Phonics Games

Phonics Games Emerging Readers Will Love

Learning letter sounds? Try these fun and hands-on phonics games in your classroom this year.

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New readers will love these beginning sound match popsicles! 

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Nothing screams “phonics fun!” quite like beginning sound board games.

Kids who are just learning letter sounds will love this jumping letter sound game! // The Imagination Tree

Print and play this rainbow beginning sound matching game too!

Phonics Games

This hands-on hunt uses small toys to teach beginning sounds. // Mum in the Mad House

Practicing initial sounds is super fun in this matching game. // The Kindergarten Connection

Work on beginning sounds with this playful blackout game. // This Reading Mama

Who wouldn’t love a phonics-themed I Spy bottle? // The Imagination Tree

And this version of a beginning sound game is perfect for kids who are just starting to learn letter sounds. // The Measured Mom

Digraph and Letter Blend Games

If you’re working on learning those tricky digraphs and blends, we’ve got you covered!

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This digraph sort game has a cookie jar theme. So fun!

Grab dice and challenge kids to think on their feet.

Kids will love this digraph sort and find game. 

Children can play with these diphthong sound puzzles alone or in pairs.

This digraph activity bundle has tons of digraph games for kids learning to read.

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Kids will love putting together these digraph puzzles with a cute gumball theme.

This letter blends game will keep students learning and playing for hours!

Children will love this race to the top digraph game! // This Reading Mama

If you’ve played Bang, you’re ready to play this SH digraph game too! // This Reading Mama

Learn digraphs and letter blends with ease when you play digraph bingo! // The Measured Mom

Vowel Sound Games

Phonics Games

These vowel puzzles are tons of fun for active learners.

Kids will love playing the vowel sound sorting game. 

How cute is this roll a short vowel game? // The Measured Mom

If your students prefer active games, they’ll love the vowel sound cup game! // Coffee Cups and Crayons

Learn long vowels easily in the long vowel board game. // The Measured Mom

Kids will love playing short vowel bingo! // The Measured Mom

These vowel letter clouds are an adorable game to try. // The Kindergarten Connection

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