Fun Phonics Games for Early years and Key Stages 1 and 2

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Busy Things hosts over 900 award-winning educational games and activities for children between the ages of 3 and 11. The phonics area is designed specifically to help teachers teach their pupils to read. Our fabulous collection of over 60 phonics games are all designed around the UK government-endorsed Letters and Sounds programme. 

These aren’t the only educational games for schools we have to offer, either. There’s also a huge selection of activities to help your pupils develop their skills in other key areas, including geography, science, music and art, and maths games. All our games and activities are curriculum-linked.


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Phonics games for Early Years

Our phonics resources for EYFS include sound discrimination games that will help very young children learn to listen for the subtle differences between sounds before they embark on learning letters and recognising the sounds they represent.

There’s also a selection of phonics games to help pre-school children listen to and recognise differences in pitch, volume and tempo, as well as rhyming and alliteration in words. A further set of activities help children to learn a wider range of letter sounds and the letters and di- and trigraphs that commonly accompany them.

Activities include Letters and Sounds flashcards, and playing with matching words and rhyming objects.

Phonics games for Key Stage 1

Children progress from listening to every day sounds to listening to letter sounds - known as phonemes. As they learn their letter sounds they begin to recognise the letter (grapheme) that matches that sound (phoneme).


Once they have learn't some letters and their sounds they can move onto to Busy Things phonics games that help them to build simple words.

Begin to build words from simple letters and their sounds.

Phonics games for early Key Stage 2

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, for example 'chain' and 'plane'.


As they progress children can 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.


Use our phonics resource maker to print your own literacy and phonics games


Our Resource Maker helps teachers quickly create custom phonics worksheets for use away from the screen. This latest version  includes a save feature so you can keep your carefully crafted worksheets safe for future use. Your creations can be saved as PDFs in colour or outline making printing quick and easy.


Words, pictures and clipart can be hand-picked according your chosen graphemes.


There are now seven types of worksheet you can create:

  • Make your own grapheme flashcards using cursive, precursive or print letter formation
  • Print or export images in colour or outline, with or without words
  • Create a matching pictures to words game
  • Create letter formation worksheets (cursive, pre-cursive or print)
  • Create real and nonsense word coins
  • Create missing letter worksheets
  • Print images with captions or for captioning.

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