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1st Grade Learning Games

Here's one of our newest 1st grade learning games . Your students are sure to love it! This game gives kids a fun way to practice those all-important first grade sight words. Kids will need to pay attention to the correct spellings of these words, and be able to read these words correctly to succeed in this game. 

Complete instructions follow. Be sure to note the many variations, too!

The Tile Game - a fun new 1st grade learning game!


Materials: Scrabble tiles and our printable game cards. (Print extra game cards for future rounds, or laminate one set to be used again and again.)

Players: This came can be played with 2 to 4 players or 2 to 4 sets of partners

To Play:

1. Each player (or team) selects a different game card. Scrabble tiles are placed either in a draw bag or face down on the table.

Sample Game Card

1st grade learning games - sample game card

2. The player with card 1 goes first. He draws a letter tile at random from the draw pile. He looks to see if he has this letter on his card. If he does, he colors that square with a crayon. He returns his letter to the pile. 

If a player draws an A, for example, and has two As on his card, he may color both As.

3. Other players follow in order, also drawing, coloring and returning the letter tile to the pile.

4. If a player draws a Q or a Z, he draws TWO additional tiles from the pile and colors those squares on his card. He returns all the tiles, including the Q or the Z to the pile.

5. Players continue taking turns until someone has colored all the squares on his game card. 

6. When a player has colored all of his squares, he then reads the words on his card to the rest of the players. The others check his work. If all words are colored and read correctly, that player is the winner. 


A. A player must draw a tile for EVERY letter on his game card. That means if a player draws an A and has two As on his game card, he may only color one A.

B. Allow each player to draw two tiles on each turn. He selects which ONE tile he will use on that turn.

C. Make new game cards with new 1st grade spelling words or 1st grade sight words

More 1st Grade Learning Games

If you're interested in more fun 1st grade learning games, try these:

Color Land game board

Color Land Game - Kids practice spelling color words as they try to reach the finish line. 

Roll It! - Easy-to-make spelling word games. Roll the consonants around the tube to spell new words. Great at home or at school. 

Hands Up and Hop to It!- These simple, fun games will get your kids' attention, and keep it. 

More First Grade Resources

While you're here, be sure to check out our Sight Word Games, Phonics Activities, and 1st Grade Spelling Words and Activities


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Think-a-Spell eBook from www.spelling-words-well.com

Think-a-Spell eBook: 365 Brain Teasers and Spelling Challenges for Ages 10 to Adult  

AnyWord Spelling Practice eBooks

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

Fun Spelling Worksheets for Grades 1-2

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

Young Spellers Spelling Bee Word List

Young Spellers Spelling Bee Word List for Grades 1 & 2