English and Phonics games for Ages 3 to 5
Our sound discrimination English games help very young children learn to listen for the subtle differences between sounds, in preparation for learning how to recognise letters.
The games include listening for differences in pitch, volume and tempo, as well as differentiating between environmental and instrumental sounds, and listening for rhyming and alliteration in words.
English and Phonics games for Ages 5 to 7
At this level, our reading games begin by helping children move on to alternative ways to pronounce and spell the sounds they have learnt so far.
The activities help them take the next steps and assemble sounds and letters into words. Literacy games teach them to create picture captions and string words into full sentences.
English and Phonics games for Ages 7 to 11
Our more advanced literacy games help children to practise reading and spelling, as well as tricky grammar and punctuation rules.
A whole set of demos, labelling and categorising activities will help you go through the rules of grammar and punctuation that many children struggle to understand. Our more advanced reading and writing games will help them to produce longer sentences and stories.
Develop writing skills with our literacy games
Our literacy games and writing projects cover a wide range of popular school topics across the whole curriculum. Children can use our ready-made templates, clipart and photographs to create fabulous topic work that’s relevant to the subjects they’re learning at school.
You'll find lots of reading and writing games and activities to support seasonal, topical and historical themes, including spring, Ramadan, and the Victorians, to name just a few — there are hundreds of writing topics to choose from!
Use our phonics resource maker to print your own literacy and phonics games
A Busy Things subscription gives you access to a powerful tool to make your own paper-based literacy and reading games you can use to help develop key skills.
Use the Busy Box for quick-fire revision!
The Busy Box area contains rapid-fire mini numeracy and literacy games that children can play in quick succession to polish up their skills. Children can play against one another and get competitive: collect stars as you play and see who comes out on top!
Busy Box is only available for children in Early Years and Key Stage 1.
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