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Phonics Games

Phonics games will help your child to practise sounding out words, which will help them to read. Initially, children will learn basic letter sounds, such as "c-a-t" for "cat". Later they will move on to sounds such as "th", "sh" and "ch", then "oo", "oa" and so on. Once they recognise a few basic letter sounds, they will be able to work out what a written word says for themselves, a skill which they will be very proud to show off!

Follow the links below to the free phonics games. Your child will have lots of fun while developing their phonic knowledge and skills.

Phonics Games - Deep Sea PhonicsDeep Sea Phonics

Choose from three levels - Medium, Hard or Really Hard. Listen to the word and choose the correct sounds. (BBC Schools)

Phonics Games - Phase 2 Initial Sounds MatchLetters and Sounds Phase 2 Initial Sounds Match

Click a card on the top row to reveal a letter, then click one of the cards on the bottom row to find a picture. Use your memory and try to match each letter to a picture with the same initial sound. (Letters and Sounds)

Phonics Games - Letter LifterLetter Lifter

First click the lever to start the belt. An object will appear and you will hear the word. Type the first letter of the word. If you get it right you will be able to click on the lift button and the object will be taken away. (ICT Games)

Phonics Games - Phoneme PopPhoneme Pop

Choose the group of phonemes (sounds) you want the child to practise. The sound is spoken clearly and the child has to pop the bubble containing the matching sound. Simple, but strangely satisfying, like popping bubble wrap. (ICT Games)

Phonics Games - Word WheelWord Wheel

This game uses three-letter words. Decide which word the picture represents, then stop each wheel when the correct letters are showing. Quite tricky! (Crickweb)

Phonics Games - Reading MachineReading machine

practise reading cvc (consonant, vowel, consonant) words with the reading machine. Choose the correct word from the three displayed to match the object on the machine. Click next to go to the next word. (ICT Games)

Phonics Games - Three Letter HouseThree-letter house

A great game to help children with cvc (consonant, vowel, consonant) words. Choose a word ending or a middle sound. Read the words and decide whether they are real words. (ICT Games)

Phonics Games - StarfallStarfall

This is a brilliant site with lots of phonics games. Choose the sound and play a game, or choose an online book to read. When you are reading the book, you can click on any word to hear it being sounded out. Excellent!

Phonics Games - DJ CowsDJ Cows

Choose a spelling pattern, e.g. words containing ch, sh and th. A word search is generated with words containing the pattern you chose. Kids love the sound effects! (ICT Games)

Phonics Games - Phonic FighterPhonic Fighter

A letter appears on an alien spaceship and you have to click the picture beginning with that letter. If you get it right, your fighter will shoot the alien. If you get it wrong, the alien will shoot your fighter. (ICT Games)

Phonics Games - CVC MakerCVC Maker

Choose Word Match, then click the buttons to make the word. Uses simple c-v-c (consonant-vowel-consonant) words. This game could also be used to practise reading the real and nonsense words that are generated as you make your way to finding the correct word. (Crickweb)

Handwriting fonts for UK schools

Click for free printable phonics resources to support the DfES Letters and Sounds scheme.

Another skill which phonics games can help with is being able to recognise the sounds that a spoken word is made up of, which will help them when it comes to writing and spelling. For example, when they want to write the word "dog", they need to be able to hear the sounds "d", "o" and "g" in order to write the word. Listening skills are therefore very important in learning to read, and these games can be a great help.

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