Literacy Games for Kids that Make Learning Fun

I’m a strong believer that games are extremely beneficial to children. Not only are they just plain fun but there is always so much learning going on. I probably don’t need to explain all the benefits of games, so I won’t do that (you’ve probably already skipped ahead to the list of literacy games, below).

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I’ve curated more than 35 literacy games for kids for you. They cover a variety of skills, from learning phonic sounds to sight words, and many of them are very simple to make. There are even some terrific literacy games for active kids, because we know that many kids absorb information better when their bodies are moving! I even included some of our favorite board games, just in case you are not in a DIY sort of mood. (As I am often not.)

Literacy Board Games

Most of these don’t actually use a board, but you get the idea.

The Story Cubes game. I featured these story telling dice as a game of the month. There a several different versions, depending on your child’s interests.

Bananagrams were also a game of the month. It is similar to Scrabble, but much better for kids. It’s like to try Appleletters, which is geared towards younger kids.

Tell Me a Story. I thought I had written about these cards a few years ago, but apparently not! These gorgeous, oversized playing cards inspire kids (and parents) to invent and narrate wacky and imaginative stories. We used to use them at dinner time for a few good laughs. Eeboo makes the cards in several themes so there is something for every kid.

Magnetic big words and magnetic poetry. This isn’t a game, per se, but tons of fun anyway. I installed three large stainless steel boards in my son’s bedroom as part of my plan to create a print-rich environment at home. You can see them in action on our word wall.

Zingo Word Builder. While we’ve never actually owned a Zingo game, of course we have played it at our friends’ homes many times! There is also a sight word version (among others)

Printable Literacy Games

Indoor Literacy Games for Active Kids

Outdoor Literacy Games

Storytelling Literacy Games

Rhyming Literacy Games

Word Family Games

Alphabet Games

Have fun learning!

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