Parents’ guide to phonics: phonics games

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Learning phonics may sound daunting, but it can be lots of fun! Armed with our glossary of key terms and the order in which children learn them, there are lots of great games that can make learning them an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Below our some ideas for phonics games you can play with your child, perfect for children in Reception.  

To help you out, we’ve created two handy lists of sounds and example words that you could use in each game for children learning Phase 2 or Phase 3 phonics (you can find out which phase your child is in here). Be sure to check them out!

Download Phonics phase 2 sounds         |         Download Phonics phase 3 sounds

1. I Spy with sounds

Rather than using letter names, children spy words beginning with a certain sound. 

For example, you could say, “I spy with my little eye, something beginning with sss”, which could refer to a snail or a seagull! 

This would be suitable for children covering Phase 2 phonics.

2. Snap

Use our printouts for a list of sounds you could use to make sound flashcards for you and your child. This game is great for lots of talk about letters and the sounds they make. To encourage this talk you could ask, “what letter do we both have?” or “what sound does it make?”. 

This would be suitable for children covering Phase 2 or Phase 3 phonics.

3. Bingo

Write down six sounds in a bingo-style grid (our printouts would be helpful here). Say a sound to your child and ask them to point to it. If they get it right, they can cross it out! Keep going until all of the sounds are crossed out.

This would be suitable for children covering Phase 2 or Phase 3 phonics.

4. Magnetic letters

Say a word and ask your child to use magnetic letters to make the word. To extend this further, they could write out their word using paint or chalk! Use our printouts for words you could use in this game.

This would be suitable for children covering Phase 2 or Phase 3 phonics.

5. Read and draw

Write out a word and ask your child to read it. Then, you both have to draw a picture of that word. Whose drawing is better? This might get you both giggling! 

This would be suitable for children covering Phase 2 or Phase 3 phonics. 

 


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