Phonics Games for Kids – Phases 1 to 5

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Help your child learn to read with our brilliant range of phonics games for kids aged 3–9! Our fun phonics activities are designed according to the National Curriculum and approved by our team of teacher advisors, so you can be sure that you’re developing and supporting the phonics work your child is doing at school or nursery. We have a fantastic selection of over 60 exciting phonics games to suit phases 1 through 5, all designed around the UK government-endorsed Letters and Sounds programme.

If you’re confused about phonics, our Help area outlines the stages of a typical phonics programme and gives short definitions of the terms used.


If you’re looking for more resources to support your child’s learning at home, you’ll be glad these aren’t the only educational games for kids we have to offer. There’s also a huge selection of activities to help your children develop their skills in other key areas, including geographysciencemusic and artcoding, history, and maths games.


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Phonics games for kids aged 3 to 5

Our early phonics games for kids will teach your little ones to listen carefully for differences in everyday sounds. Children are asked to identify and separate different animal sounds, instrumental sounds, and even sounds such as stamping and clapping.


Once their listening skills are finely tuned, they can begin to listen carefully to the sounds within individual words.

Activities include playing with matching words and rhyming objects.

Phonics games for kids aged 5 to 7

At this stage, children progress from listening to everyday sounds to listening to letter sounds, known as phonemes. As they learn their letter sounds, they begin to recognise the letter that matches that sound.

Once they have learnt some letters and their sounds, they can move onto more advanced Busy Things phonics games that help them to build simple words.

Begin to build words from simple letters and their sounds.

Phonics games for kids aged 7 to 9

Older children playing our phonics games will soon learn that there is more than one way to spell the same sound! Our games will help them identify words that contain different spellings of the same sound, such as 'chain' and 'plane'.


As they progress, children will have fun playing with reading captions, building simple sentences, and recognising homophones and compound words.

Play with different spellings of the same sound. Have fun with compound words and homophones.

A Busy Things family subscription gives you access to a powerful tool to make your own paper-based literacy and phonics games, which you can print out and use to help teach your children the basics of reading and writing. Learn more about our resource maker by watching this video.

 - Practise forming letters

 - Make your own flashcards

 - Sort real words from nonsense words

 - Fill in the missing letter


 - Fill in the missing letter

 - Match pictures to words

 - Attach captions to pictures

 - Create your own games with our image bank

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