Phonic Games

Early learners love to play games, so why not make them phonic games? We have several free, printable, easy-to-use and fun-to-play games on our site, starting with this one! It provides a fun way for your early learners to practice short vowel sounds and spelling, if you like.

Read the rules below, then click on the printable link and get started!   If you'd rather work on long vowel sounds, we have a game for that, too!

Picture This

Grade level: K-2
Players: 3
Objective: Cover up the most squares
Supplies: Printable game board and answer key, one standard die, markers of two different colors for covering pictures

Picture This - free phonics game

Variation 1: Short Vowel Sounds

To play:

1. Print out the game board and answer key. Laminate, if desired.

2. Players 1 and 2 choose a color. Player 3 is the checker.

green playing die

3. Player 1 rolls the dice. He looks at the key at the bottom of the game board. He identifies a word with that vowel sound on the game board. For example, if he rolls a 2, she looks for a word with a short e sound (ten, bell, eggs or bed). If he correctly identifies the word, he covers it with a marker.

4. Player 2 rolls the dice, finds a new square and proceeds as described above.

5. If a player rolls a 6, she may choose any picture that is not covered and tells its vowel sound. If she is correct, she puts her marker on it.

6. If a player rolls a letter sound for which there are no more pictures, his turn is over.

7. The game ends when all the squares are covered. The winner is the player with the most markers on the board.

 Variation 2: Short Vowel Sounds and Spelling

Play the game as described above, adding that the student must also spell the word correctly after identifying its vowel sound. 

For more practice with long and short vowel sounds, try these free phonics lesson plans!

More Free Phonic Games

Picture Perfect - free phonics game

Picture This Phonic Game - We think your early learners will enjoy this activity featuring long vowel words.  Which player can cover the most pictures?

Letter Lane - A phomenic awareness board game that features beginning consonant sounds for the letters b,d,f and m. No reading is necessary.

alphabet printables

In addition to free phonics games, you may want to use some of these resources for your early learners:

Go to More Phonics Games

Go to More Spelling Word Games

Go to Spelling Words Well Home

Fun Spelling Worksheets for Grades 1/2  50 All-new reproducible pages for early learners!

 AnyWord Spelling Practice Series Worksheets, games & prompts that work with almost ANY spelling words!