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Playful Ways to Help Children With Reading And Spelling

Updated on September 14, 2014

Reading And Spelling Games Kids Will Love!

Playing word related games provides children an enjoyable way of practicing their reading, spelling, and grammar skills!

Children tend to pay better attention and learn more when they are doing something they enjoy, so why not try to make learning an engaging and pleasurable experience?! Besides, don't we want our children to love reading?

As both a former preschool and elementary school teacher, as well as a homeschooling parent, I've become familiar with quite a few games which help to improve children's language art skills - especially reading and spelling! On this page, you'll find my personal review of my favorites!

About This Fun Reading Games Page

I've divided the page into three sections:

Games for Beginning Readers

Games for Intermediate Readers

Additional Reading and Spelling Resources

A few games could easily fit in either of the game categories, so you might enjoy perusing the games in both, no matter the level of your children. For additional help with reading and spelling, don't miss the additional resources at the end of the page!

Some of the games are what I refer to as "school games" and are geared towards teaching one or more particular skills. In spite of this, I've found the ones I'm reviewing on this page to be lots of fun! (Yes, there are some I've found to be a bit less than exciting, but I'm not going to mention them here.)

Other games, such as "In A Pickle," are designed for the general public, and just happen to provide some reading or spelling practice in the process!

If your child is significantly behind grade level, or you suspect he may have dyslexia, be sure to check out the additional reading and spelling resources section of this page.

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Games for Beginning Readers

~Letter Sounds~

~Short Vowel Words~

~Long Vowel Words~

~Magic E Words~

~Sight Words~

Chip-O Beginning Reading Game - K-3, or other beginning readers



This game for beginning readers is one of my top favorites!

What the Game is Like

The board is covered with pictures of easy to identify items and the cards contain the written words of those same times.

How to Play the Game:

On his turn, each player selects one of his four cards to play, reads the word on the card, and places a colored marker on top of its picture on the board. Since each picture appears in two different locations on the board, part of the strategy comes in deciding which of your cards to pick, and the rest comes in selecting which picture to cover with your marker. Your goal is to get four of your color markers in a row, diagonally, vertically, or horizontally, while also preventing your opponents from getting four of their markers in a row.

You can play until one player has a certain number of 4 in a rows or play however long you'd like and then count everyone's 4 in a rows.

There are also rules included for playing other versions of the game, such as matching rhyming words.

Chip O Game
Chip O Game

Highly recommended for beginning readers!


Strengths of the Game

This game is FUN, which means you'll play it over and over! When my son was younger, this was our most frequently played reading game! He'd select it over all the others!

Where to Get the Game

For more info or to purchase the game, visit: Chip-o or your local educational teacher store. Also, Chip-o is often available on ebay and Amazon!


Wingo Reading Games
Wingo Reading Games
W-I-N-G-O Set 1: Short Vowels
W-I-N-G-O Set 1: Short Vowels

Short Vowel Wingo. (Also available: Wingo for learning long vowels and Wingo for blends and digraphs.)


Wingo Beginning Reading Games: Short Vowels, Long Vowels, and Blends & Diagraphs

- Wingo helps kids review their phonics and practice sounding out words.

There are three versions of Wingo: short vowel sounds, long vowel sounds, and blends and diagraphs. The long vowel sound version is the one with which I have the most experience.

What the Game is Like.

The game consists of several small boards that have been divided up into rectangles. The white rectangles contain the ending of one word and the beginning of another. The rest have no letters in them but are a particular color. The game also comes with colorful tiles. The tiles all contain both the ending of one word and the beginning of another.

How to Play the Game:

Each player places one or two boards in front of them. On his turn, he spins the color spinner and selects one of the blocks that matches the color of the spinner . If he can play the piece he selects on a matching color spot on either of his boards and make a real word with it, he gets to keep it there. If he can't use that block to make a real word, he must discard it. The first player to fill up his board(s), wins!

Strengths Of The Game

One of it's strengths is that a child must often sound out more than one word in a turn, as he searches for a place to play the tile in his hand. This gives the child more reading practice per turn! For example, if a yellow tile has the word ending, "ail" on it, and the word beginning, "w" on it, the player will try the piece in various yellow spots on his board to see if it makes a word. Naturally, he has to read each combination to see if the word it makes is real or not! He couldn't play his piece before the ending "ope" because "wope" isn't a word. Yet he could play his piece after the beginning "p" because "pail" is a word!

A Collection Of Free Printable Reading Games - from Adrian Bruce!

Shown here are a very small sampling of the reading games that are available for free on
Adrian Bruce's Educational Resources Website!

This is a fabulous collection of free printable reading and math games! I've printed and played quite a few of them! I highly recommend these phonics and sight word games!

What the Games Are Like

There are many different types of reading games on Adrian Bruce's website! These vary from matching games to "Go Fish" to games resembling "Crazy 8's," and many others! They focus on the following skills: short vowel sounds, sight words, magic e words, two and three letter blends, prefixes, hard and soft c and g, contractions, vowel digraphs, syllables, and many other skills!

Strengths of the Games

Adrian Bruce is a teacher who designs these games for the children in his class, and then shares them with the world - for free. I've found these games to be quite effective in helping kids sound out words! And you can't beat the price!

How To Get Them

- Just download, print, cut, and play! The directions for how to play each game are included.

1. Load your printer with cardstock. I often use beige cardstock instead of white because sometimes you can see through the white cards too easily. If you have problems with being able to read through the cards, you may wish to consider gluing a second piece of cardstock on the back (preferably before you cut the cards out.) Rubber cement or a gluestick works well for this.

2. Visit: Free Printable Educational Games. Once on Adrian Bruce's educational website, click where it says, "Reading Games." This takes you to a page describing what reading games you'll find in each of several rooms. Click the room of your choosing, and scroll down the page to see what games are available there.

3. Decide if you'd like the windows version or the acrobot version, then print, cut the pieces out, and play! (Optional: You can laminate the game pieces or cover them with clear contact paper, if you'd like.)

Adrian Bruce's facebook page: The Teacher Toolbox

The Sentence Game For Juniors

The Sentence Game For Juniors - a fun reading game!

The Sentence Game For Juniors has two levels of play. One side of the board contains pre-made sentences. The other side is for creating your own sentences.

One side of the board has premade sentences.

This is the easiest version. Each turn, read two of your tiles and place them on top of their corresponding words on the board. When someone plays a piece that completes a sentence, he earns a point. At the end of the game, the player with the most points wins.

Sentence Game For Juniors
Sentence Game For Juniors

Our favorite side of the board is the free style one, because the sentences can be so creative and fun!


The other side of the board is for creating your own sentences!

This version is a bit more challenging, and allows for much creativity! All the tiles are divided evenly between the players. On your turn, place two or more tiles on the board to make a complete sentence, or add one or more tiles to an existing sentence. All sentences after the first must use at least one tile that's already on the board. Points are given for each tile placed on the board.

To increase the learning potential of the game, I have written the words, "nouns," "verbs," and "adjectives" on small pieces of paper. At the beginning of the game, I give a set to all players, and encourage them to categorize their words under the labels. Doing this helps players create longer sentences, and also helps them learn more about the parts of speech.

Letterland Curriculum - It's a full beginning reading program, complete with teacher's manual, books, games, software, and more!

Letterland Reading Curriculum
Letterland Reading Curriculum

Letterland Beginning Reading Curriculum

Letterland is a beginning reading curriculum that combines creativity and playfulness to the learning of phonics! The letters of the alphabet are all represented by charming and personable characters. There's Zig Zag Zebra, Dippy Duck (who's a detective!) Robber R (who steals vowel sounds), Clever Cat, and more! There are stories and lessons about each character. The stories and characterizations help kids recall the letter's sound, as well as it's affect on nearby letters.

For more information about Letterland, visit: Letterland. I've also included a short you-tube about Letterland, below.

Letterland Beginning Reading Curriculum

Step N Spell - helps make learning be more active! - For reading and spelling practice

Step N Spell
Step N Spell

Step in Spell

Step N Spell is a large plastic mat with all the letters of the alphabet on it. To practice spelling, one player calls out spelling words to the jumper who jumps on the letters in order to spell the word. To use the mat to practice reading, have your child or children watch closely as you jump from letter to letter on the mat. Ask them to try to identity the word you made. It's fun to go back and forth, with everyone taking a turn jumping!

Variation: For variety's sake, why not try spell words by throwing a beanbag to each letter in turn. For example, to spell apple, throw the bean bag to A, then to P, then to P again, then to L, then to E.

Would you like to read more about Step N Spell? Visit: My Review of Step N Spell.

Games For Intermediate Readers and Spellers

Multisyllable Word Games

Prefixes, Suffixes, and Root Words


Creating Sentences

Syllabification Phonics Game - Intermediate Readers - Multisyllable words - Prefixes, suffixes, root words

Syllabification Phonics Game

What the Game is Like

Everyone is given a rack to hold their tiles on. On each tile is a part of a word - either a prefix, a suffix, or a root word. The colors of the letters on each tile make it easy to tell which part of the word it is! Prefixes are green, suffixes are red, and root words are black.

How to Play the Game

Make words with the tiles on your rack, and play them on the board. Players can remove a prefix or suffix off of a word already on the table (theirs or an opponents) if what remains is still a complete word. The player must then use that piece, with at least one piece from their rack, to create a new word. Players can also add prefixes or suffixes to words already on the board to make those words longer.

Strengths of the Game

This game is great for teaching about prefixes, suffixes, and root words, and how to combine them to make longer words!

4 In A Row Reading Game - For Intermediate Readers - Multisyllable Reading Game

4 In A Row Reading Game
4 In A Row Reading Game

4 in a Row

This game is one of our favorites and all it cost you is the ink and cardstock!

About the Game

This game is similar to Chip-o in that the goal is to get 1 or more 4 in a rows. Unlike Chip-o, the board is covered with words, rather than pictures, and there are no cards. You need a die and something to use as markers, such as checkers or coins.

How to Get the Game

Several free printable versions can be found on Adrian Bruce's educational resources website. Prefer to customize your own? There is also a blank template on his website which allows you to put whatever words you'd like on the board prior to printing it! If you want your student(s) to practice words with short vowel sounds, type those in. If you need multi-syllable words, use those! You can use colors to separate syllables, emphasize vowel sounds, or simply to make the board more colorful!

I usually create 4 boards and tape them together. (Or I create 2 boards and photograph them to make 4.) Having a larger board adds to the fun!

How to Play the Game

Roll a die and then select any word on that number row, read it, and cover it with a marker. Then it's the next player's turn. If after you've played for a while, you roll a number that is already filled up on the game board, play passes to the next player. The object is to be the player with the most 4 in a rows at the end of the game. Of course, even while trying to create 4 in a rows for yourself, you must try to block your opponents from creating their own 4 in a rows!

We love the game so much, we often play 5 in a row instead. We occasionally play 6 in a row as well, but it's much harder to accomplish more than one or two of those! Sometimes we predetermine how many 5 in a rows we need to win, and other times we play until we run out of markers!

Strengths of the Game

This game provides fantastic practice with reading multisyllable words (or whatever type of words you select) and is also a lot of fun!

You've Been Sentenced! Game - Reading, grammar, creating sentences, improving vocabulary!

You've Been Sentenced! Game

About the Game

You've Been Sentenced is played entirely with cards, a scorepad, and a pencil for keeping score. (A sand timer is also included in the game for those who wish to time players). The cards are not like regular playing cards though! They have five sides and five words on them. Each word is assigned a point value ranging from 5 points to 20. The words on a particular card are usually related to one another, such as "dreaming," "dreamer," "dream," "dreams," "dreamt," Or, "you," "your," "yours," "you're," "you'd." Not all the words on a card have the same points, which makes things interesting as players try to use their 20 point words in sentences!

How to Play

Each person is dealt 10 cards. (We usually also give everyone one wild card.) Then all at the same time, everyone tries to create a sentence from their cards. Only one word from each card may be used, but it is not necessary to use every card. You can play a timed version, or do as we do and allow everyone as much time as they need to create their sentence. When the sentences have been played, everyone reads their sentence aloud. Those with complete sentences add up their points. Deal new cards to everyone, and play begins again. Play to a prespecified amount of points, or just play as many rounds as you'd like. The winner is the one with the most points at the end of the game.

Strengths of the Game

This game really tests one's ability to make sentences! How creative can you be? Can you find a way to use one or two 20 point words in your sentence, or to create the longest sentence for that round? The sentences are often hilarious, but they count as long as they are complete sentences!

Word Pirates

- A Fun Reading Game With A Pirate Theme

Shiver me timbers! You be need'n this game, me hearty!

Word Pirates is a game where you use bridge pieces and words (that you roll with letter dice) to get your pirate character from his boat to the treasure on the island! Don't forgot to act like a pirate as you block your opponent's path with rock wall pieces! After all, you don't want him to beat you to the treasure!

In A Pickle Card Game - Both fun and educational! A reading game the whole family will enjoy!

In A Pickle
In A Pickle

In A Pickle Card Game

In A Pickle is another one of my favorites!

Unlike many of the games I've mentioned which were designed to be educational, In A Pickle is a regular game and is played and enjoyed by youth and adults alike! For kids who can already read some, In A Pickle provides additional practice in a very enjoyable way! (Kids can always ask for help with any words they have trouble with.)

In A Pickle is about being creative and imaginative, and involves reading with every turn!!

For a more detailed review I wrote of In A Pickle please visit: My Review Of In A Pickle.

Quiddler Game - Spelling Fun!


About the Game

Quiddler is played in a series of rounds. In the first round, each person is dealt three cards. In the next round, each player receives four cards. The following round, everyone is dealt five cards, and so on up to 10 cards in the last round. The cards have one or two letters on them, with a number indicating that card's point value. Letters that appear less frequently in words have higher points than more common letters.

How to Play the Game

On his turn, each player selects the top card off either the discard pile or the draw pile and adds it to his hand. He then looks at the cards in his hand and tries to arrange them into words. To be able to play the words down on the table, all but one (the discard) must fit into words. If the player is unable to go out that turn by playing down all of his cards, he selects one card to discard and then play passes to the next person. The game continues until someone is able to play down all the cards in their hand. At that point, everyone else has one more turn to try to play down as much of their hand as they can. All cards left in a player's hand at the end of the game count against him. Record everyone's points and proceed to the next round, dealing one more card to each player than during the last round.

Strengths of the Game

Quiddler is a regular game (not a "school game") that also helps kids practice their phonics and spelling. It's a very enjoyable game to play!

Additional Reading / Spelling Games and Activities

Here are some more fun ways for kids to practice their reading or spelling.

10-Minute Bananagrams!
10-Minute Bananagrams!

These are quick word puzzles to do with a pencil.

Bananagrams for Kids
Bananagrams for Kids

These are fun paper and pencil word puzzles. You can work them right in the book.


In the tile game of Bananagrams, players use their tiles to build crossword grids resembling crossword puzzles.

By the way, if you like Bananagrams, you may also like the game Pairsinpears! (Sold separately.) In Pairsinpears, players try to use their tiles to create pairs of words that share a letter in common.

Mattel Games Apples to Apples Junior - The Game of Crazy Comparisons!
Mattel Games Apples to Apples Junior - The Game of Crazy Comparisons!

Although I've never played the junior version, everyone in my family loves the regular version of Apples to Apples!


Additional Reading Resources

Another Fabulous Reading Resource! - Games for Reading: Playful Ways to Help Your Child Read

Peggy Kaye's books, Games for Reading, Games for Learning, Games for Writing, and Games for Math, are filled with educational games and activities which make learning fun for kids! She has some fabulous ideas! I highly recommend her books for homeschooling families, elementary school teachers, tutors, and parents who want to have some educational fun with their child!

A few more books on reading you may want to know about....

Phonics Pathways: Clear Steps to Easy Reading and Perfect Spelling
Phonics Pathways: Clear Steps to Easy Reading and Perfect Spelling

This is a easy to use phonics program which is especially beneficial to those who are having trouble with reading. There are games to play to help the learning of phonics be more fun. The book also includes a few vision exercises and motor coordination activities.

The Everything Parent's Guide To Children With Dyslexia: All You Need To Ensure Your Child's Success
The Everything Parent's Guide To Children With Dyslexia: All You Need To Ensure Your Child's Success

This book is full of resources for children and teenagers with dyslexia. There are sections on strategies for spelling, writing, and math; working with your child's teacher; issues at home; dyslexia programs, teaching your child to read, planning for college, and more. In additon, the book discusses foreign language learning, teenage driving, getting accommodations on the SAT, and many other things.

40 Sensational Sight Word Games: Quick & Easy Games and Reproducibles That Reinforce the Top 100 Sight Words That Are Key to Reading Success
40 Sensational Sight Word Games: Quick & Easy Games and Reproducibles That Reinforce the Top 100 Sight Words That Are Key to Reading Success

I've used quite a few of these sight word games with beginning readers! Children often need to see a sight word many times before they master it. Games are a great way to create that much needed repetition in a fun way!

Games for Writing: Playful Ways to Help Your Child Learn to Write
Games for Writing: Playful Ways to Help Your Child Learn to Write

I've used many of the writing games and activities from this book as well! If your child doesn't like writing, turn it into a game! I have quite a few Peggy Kaye books, and love every one of them!



Is your child or teen struggling with reading?

Could he or she have dyslexia or a learning disability?

I very highly recommend the Barton Reading and Spelling Program for anyone experiencing problems with reading.

Did your child take longer than most to learn to talk, or have a lot of articulation problems?

Did or does your child mix up syllables or sounds in long words?

Did your child have trouble learning how to tie shoes?

Do they have a problem in rhyming words, or with letter reversals past first grade?

These are some of the signs of dyslexia. Of course having just one or two signs doesn't necessary mean your child is dyslexic.

For more of the signs that point to dyslexia, please visit: Signs of Dyslexia.

If your child is struggling with reading, and you want to do something more to help, check out the: Barton Reading and Spelling System. I very highly recommend this program for struggling readers!!! It's a one-on-one program that you can do with your child at home. It's an Orton-Gillingham influenced program, and it's EXCELLENT for those with dyslexia or learning disabilities!

Sometimes you can find levels 1 and 2 of the Barton Reading and Spelling System on Ebay. - To have success with the program, it's necessary to start with level

At the time of this writing, levels 1 and 2 of the Barton Reading and Spelling System can be purchased new from the Barton website for $250 each. Yes, they are expensive, but they are worth it. Levels 1 and 2 are also often available used on ebay.


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      4 years ago

      Great games and great lens. Good work!

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      Virginia Allain 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow, you've packed a lot into this one.

      We used to play a word game while washing dishes. One sister would hunt up a strange word in the dictionary and give us 3 possible definitions. Only one was right, so we had to guess which one.

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      4 years ago

      Bananagrams and In A Pickle are favorites in our family! Congrats on LOTD!

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      4 years ago from South Carolina

      I always love your lenses, Janiece! Great stuff!!

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      4 years ago from Kentucky

      Fantastic Lens.

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      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      An excellent selection of resources. I wish more schools would set aside funds in the budget for these types of learning materials. When I was teaching seven levels in one class I could have used these, but most of the time I had to buy extra learning tools myself. Congratulations on LotD.

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      4 years ago

      Excellent selection of learning tools. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      Lynn Klobuchar 

      4 years ago

      Nice assortment of resources. I work with students who struggle with reading so these are great ideas for me.

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      4 years ago

      Wow this is a fantastic lens - keep up the great work!!

    • LLMom27 profile image


      4 years ago

      I love using games in my homeschool.

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      Lynn Klobuchar 

      4 years ago

      Thanks so much for all these great ideas!

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      4 years ago

      Fantastic lens, all really good suggestions, thank you so much!

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      4 years ago

      This is just wonderful - what a lot of ideas and resources for parents and teachers alike!

      You've made me realize how many of the "old-fashioned" games we played as kids were cleverly designed to teach a whole lot of important skills, with reading one of them. Can't win a Scrabble game if you can't spell, or you have a small vocabulary, right? :)

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      4 years ago from Central Florida

      What a fantastic resource! My daughter is currently an emerging reader, so I'll have to try some of these out. We've loved Zingo for pre-reading, and I made up my own sight word game to practice the basics.

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      4 years ago

      A fun way to learn - the best way.

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      4 years ago

      We love Apples to Apples at our house. The step and spell game looks like something I should add to my toy closet. This is a great lens, you really rocked it!

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      4 years ago


      I LOVE these games. Awesome lens!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      A very nice selection of educational material here, Thanks for taking the time to write about it. Congratulations on LOTD!!

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      Jackson Thom 

      4 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      This is a great resource. I'll have to try some of these games.

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      Stephen J Parkin 

      4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I really liked this lens and it was a well deserved LOTD. We played games like this a lot and I was rapidly moved to playing Scrabble (adult version) with my parents and then to helping Dad do the Daily Telegraph Crossword puzzle with the help of a dictionary.

      I must say I never once thought of it as anything but a fun game. It never occurred to me at the time that this might be school work in disguise!

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      4 years ago

      A wonderful lens full of excellent advice! Well done!

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      Susan Deppner 

      4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      We always loved games when we were homeschooling. Great choices here! Congrats on your love-it-when-they-don't-know-they're-learning Lens of the Day!

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      tfsherman lm 

      4 years ago

      Great stuff! Can't wait to order some of these recommendations for my library! Very informative and just what I needed.

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      4 years ago

      Syllabification Phonics Game looks like a great way to introduce prefixes, suffixes, and show how you can form words by adding prefixes and suffixes to roots. What a great collection of educational games!

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      seleen fouad 

      4 years ago

      Thank you very much for the precious lens

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Congrats on LotD! What a fun and interesting lens. The games look like they would be so much fun, even for adults playing with them! So glad to see your recommendation for Dyslexia too. Reading is such a joy, you want everyone to be able to participate! Thanks for sharing all this!

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      4 years ago

      keeping this in mind. congrats on lotd

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      4 years ago

      Great resources for helping children with reading and the games look like fun for everyone. My eldest granddaughter LOVES letterland. She has a book which has to be read to her every night!

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      Venus Morningstarz 

      4 years ago from Hamilton

      Great lens, very informative. I am always interested in educational games that help children build a skill. My daughter is 12 but she still needs a lot of help in spelling, and these games are really good for that too.

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 

      4 years ago from Washington State

      I love your wonderful selection of games. Getting the kids to play these will be easy. Congrats on LOTD and a purple star.

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      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a great Lense and resource. Homeschooling mum here. You have put a lot of time into this Lense, I'm so glad I found it!



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      4 years ago

      These definitely look like good games. I think they'd be fun for all kids, not just those who might need a little extra help with reading or spelling.

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      4 years ago

      Thank you so very much! GREAT Lens!

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      5 years ago

      I particularly like the 'Phonics Pathways' book. Thanks for the original content lens.

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      5 years ago

      I love these ideas! Will use a few thanks

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      5 years ago

      Very nice work! I'm including this on my homeschooling lens! :-)

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      5 years ago

      awesome lens for reading games that are fuN!

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      6 years ago

      This lens is a wonderful resource for spelling games and ways to read better. A very nice lens.

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      tfsherman lm 

      6 years ago

      Great resources. You've covered so much -- even for the dyslexic! Thanks.

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      6 years ago

      A great lens with some really useful, fun ideas.

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      6 years ago

      thank you so much

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      6 years ago

      thank you so much

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      Cheryl Paton 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      I would have loved to have had these games when I was a literacy tutor. It's great that you made this resource to encourage smiles with learning, so here is a smile for you. : )

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      6 years ago

      As a homeschool parent, you know that I love everything in this lens!

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Wow! So many more options since I was a kid and we used flash cards such a long, long time ago. :)

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      andreaberrios lm 

      6 years ago

      Very good ideas!! This is a great resource page. Thanks for sharing this.

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      6 years ago

      The school my mother chose to send all of us to for kindergarten and first grade emphasized reading. That has given us an advantage ever since. I still remember the teacher putting certain words "in jail" if they violated the spelling rules we had learned so far, and taking some of those words "out of jail" if a rule we learned later turned out to fit them. Every morning we reviewed new words to see whether they should be in jail, and jailed words to see whether any of them should be released. Games worked!

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      6 years ago

      interesting games .....

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      Katie Harp 

      6 years ago

      blessed by a squid angel :) <3

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      6 years ago

      Wow! These are fun and interesting games...

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      6 years ago

      Interesting lens! Keep up the good work! thumbs up!

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      6 years ago

      Very nice lens! Well done. Squidlikes!

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      6 years ago

      I had no idea there were so many games out there for kids who might be having difficult either learning or enjoying reading and words. Good to know!

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      6 years ago

      I love this lens. Very informative!

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      6 years ago

      I enjoy word games, spelling bees, anything to do with Scrabble-type games.... needless to say I enjoyed your lens tremendously!!!

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      6 years ago

      Still love it! Back for a blessing!

    • curious0927 profile image


      6 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens! Congrat's on Front Page! I wish I had this information when my children were young!

    • mommafox profile image


      6 years ago

      Great lens. Way to share ways to make reading fun.

    • ismeedee profile image


      6 years ago

      This is brilliant!!!! Well done! I will be coming back to refer to this lens over and over as I have a 6 year old who would love the games and activities!

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for all this great info!

    • ronaldpakasi profile image


      6 years ago

      Wow...very informative! Love this lens!

    • writerkath profile image


      6 years ago

      Hi Janiece! This is a great lens! I'm visiting Adrian Bruce's site, and sending my stepdaughter that link, as well as your link here! She's training to be a teacher herself, loves reading, and also has a little one and step kids of her own. Thanks for this! *Blessed!* :) Kath

    • intermarks profile image


      6 years ago

      It is hard to get my kids to learn, but they prefer to learn through games. I believe these games here should be helpful. Thank you!

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      6 years ago

      I just blessed this magic a few days ago, returning to congratulated you on front page honors!

    • Missmerfaery444 profile image


      6 years ago

      Some great learning games here! Agree totally that children learn best through fun and play. My daughter is two and we've been playing with her abacus and an alphabet frame for a while now. She loves them, she knows most of the letters now and can count the abacus beads up to 20. Bookmarking this to find these games again when she's older :)

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      6 years ago

      My baby is 4 years old and I think she can play this useful game. Thanks for great lens.

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      6 years ago

      Reading and spelling can be fun for kids when it is made into a game.

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      Sandra Wilson 

      6 years ago from Wilson Education Resource Centre

      making it fun is so helpful in making them want to learn - great ideas here!

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      6 years ago from Royalton

      Thank you so much for sharing and reviewing these games for learning to read. What a wonderful resource for parents, teachers and homeschoolers!:)

      Squid Angel Blessed!

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      6 years ago

      I was home schooled & am soo glad I was! I feel like I have so much mental freedom compared to most people that I meet. Hard to understand really unless you were home schooled too. My sister is very smart & had dyslexia. Luckily it was detected early & didn't affect her too she was a bad speller for a while there though.

      Nice lens & I'll be recommending it to my friends.

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      6 years ago

      Returning to bless your fun ways toe encourage literacy...reading and spelling should be fun!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      You can tell that you enjoy homeschooling and I think that is wonderful.

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      6 years ago from Western Mass

      great game ideas

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Nice ways to incorporate games into learning. Love it!

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      6 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Your homeschooling lenses really are excellent and this one is no exception

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Wow, I see some really cool games here. In particular, the Syllabification Phonics Game and the Sentence Game for Juniors. Reminds me of those magnetic words you see on some people's refrigerators. I can never resist building sentences out of them, so they're definitely not just for kids. You've done a great job on this lens. *Blessed*

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      6 years ago from Maryland

      Great ideas here! I have a kindergartner and 2 preschoolers that would love some of these games. :)

    • Zodiacimmortal profile image


      6 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      Added to kids featured lenses on my Reading Lens

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      6 years ago

      very helpful for parents of young readers.

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      Daphsam LM 

      6 years ago

      Great lens and very helpful games! I will look into them for my son!

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      6 years ago

      Great and very helpful lens. SquidAngel Blessed.

    • mountainstevo profile image


      7 years ago

      They look like fun games. We will have to give them a try.

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      7 years ago from USA

      We LOVE learning with games! I love the ones you found - they all look so interesting! We enjoy Scrabble for our older homeschoolers (more spelling than reading, I guess). Another one we like is PDQ, which also a word game.

      *** Blessed by a SquidAngel *** visiting the Education neighborhood in Squidoo.

      Btw - My name is Janienne --- (sounds like Ja-neen) --- I like your spelling!

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      Donnette Davis 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      I try to include printable word games in my books, I find they're very popular... my kids enjoy them also :)

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      Link2 LM 

      7 years ago

      Wonderful lens with so much information. Will definitely be revisiting. Thank you for sharing.

    • AngelDey profile image


      7 years ago

      What a terrific lens. So much great information. Thank you so much. Do you have any great math game ideas? Or history. My son especially dislikes history unless it's about inventions.

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      lasertek lm 

      7 years ago

      You have some great links for homeschooling materials. Well done.

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      tandemonimom lm 

      7 years ago

      Great job reviewing these reading games! Quiddler is a family favorite here. Blessed!

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for all this great info!

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      Ann Hinds 

      7 years ago from So Cal

      The grandson waked in while I was reading this and says he's played "In a pickle" and it's fun. Tells me that we need to get the game. What a great selection of games that teach and yet, they don't know it. I'm all for that.

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      Jimmie Quick 

      7 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      I love that the games you recommend are real, physical games and not merely online games. Online or computer games have their place, but interacting with siblings and parents in a real life game offers special learning opportunities that a computer cannot duplicate.

    • GonnaFly profile image


      7 years ago from Australia

      What a fabulous lens! Job well done.

    • TheresaMarkham profile image


      7 years ago

      Yahoo! This is just what I need! My 4th grader is still challenged with absorbing spelling trends rather than just memorizing spelling words. I think Quiddler is in our future!

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      7 years ago

      Janiece, this is a wonderful game review lens. Wow, very impressive lens and the games are great for learning.

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      7 years ago

      Where were these when I was growing up? Great job.

    • rlivermore profile image


      7 years ago

      You really did a great job on this one. Thumbs up and favorited!

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      7 years ago

      Great selection of learning games - look like lots of fun!

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      7 years ago

      These games should be very useful for students to become strong spellers and readers. Nice selection.

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      Anthony Godinho 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wonderful selection and personal review of word related games. I think this is a fun way to teach kids...well done! :)


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