100+ Free Phonics Activities for Kids Learning to Read

Are your students working hard on their phonics skills? These hands-on phonics printables, games and digital phonics activities will make your literacy lessons a blast!

Lots of free phonics activities and resources for kids who are learning to read.

Phonics Activities

Phonics is a key part of teaching reading and literacy in the primary grades. There are so many phonics skills that students must master as they become more confident, fluent readers.

In order to keep the learning fresh and exciting, I am rounding up all of the phonics activities here on Fun Learning for Kids and putting them in one place for you to quickly find and use them.

Keep these fun phonics games and phonemic awareness activities handy so you can implement new hands-on and digital phonics activities all year long.

What are Phonics Skills?

Phonics skills are the skills that help beginning readers learn letters and understand the link between letters and their sounds.

When teaching phonics, you are teaching students to build letter-sound correspondence. This helps them to sound out words and spell words when reading and writing.

When I begin teaching my students to read, I begin with letter sounds and identifying beginning, middle, and ending sounds.

Next, we apply that knowledge to work with CVC short vowel words and word families. CVC word work activities are a great way to practice blending sounds together to decode words.

Once students are familiar with CVC words, I introduce beginning blends and digraphs. These skills will help students sound out more complicated words and build their vocabulary.

As they work with blend and digraph word activities, they'll be able to add to the word families they know from their CVC word studies.

CVCe long vowel words are next on the list of phonics skills to tackle. I love working on each long vowel sound independently before working on activities that involve mixed practice.

This gives students time to practice each long vowel sound and understand the spelling pattern.

As you can see, there are a lot of phonics skills to teach! The key to keeping students engaged, having fun, and learning is to use games and activities that are interactive and meet them at their level.

Phonics Activities and Games

These hands-on and digital phonics activities and games are going to make teaching these key skills easy for you and fun for your students.

Whatever skill you're working on, teaching situation you're in, or learning style your students have will be met with many activities to choose from.

From printable phonics activities to editable games and digital activities, you'll find teaching resources to meet the needs of you and your students whether you're learning in school or at home.

To add an extra layer of fun, you'll also find resources for different seasons and holidays so you can have themed phonics fun any time of year.

Read on to find a ton of great ways to make learning phonics and working with words a blast for your students all while being effective!

Christmas tree CVC reading activity.

Christmas Tree CVC Word Building Digital Activity

Gingerbread CVC word building activity.

Gingerbread CVC Word Building Digital Activity

Gingerbread blends reading activity for Google Slides and Seesaw.

Digital Gingerbread Mixed Blends Phonics Activity

Gingerbread word building activity for literacy centers.

Editable Gingerbread Word Building Mats Free Printable

Christmas stocking word work activity for Seesaw and Google Slides.

Editable Stocking Word Building Digital Activity

Fall theme letter sounds activity.

Free Printable Fall Letter Sounds Mats for Preschool and Kinder

Fall acorn letter sounds activity for phonics skills.

Digital Acorn Letter Sounds Matching Phonics Activity

Fall scarecrow CVC word building activity.

Fall CVC Word Building Mats Free Printable

Fall CVC activity for kindergarten and first grade.

Fall Tree CVC Word Building Digital Literacy Activity

Digital fall leaves word building mats that are editable.

Editable Fall Word Building Digital Word Work Activity

Candy corn theme letter sounds activity for isolating letter sounds in CVC words.

Digital Candy Corn Letter Sound Matching Literacy Activity

Spider theme CVC activity.

Digital Spider Web CVC Word Building Activity

Free printable farm theme board game.

Farm Theme Editable Board Game Free Printable

Pumpkin letter sounds alphabet mats.

Pumpkin Theme Beginning Sounds Printable Mats

Pumpkin theme letter sounds activity for Google Slides and Seesaw.

Pumpkin Beginning Sounds Activity for Google Slides and Seesaw

Pumpkin CVC activity.

Pumpkin CVC Matching Free Printable Clip Cards

Paperless Pumpkin CVC Matching Activity

Digital Pumpkin CVC Matching Phonics Activity

Fall 4 in a Row Game

Editable Fall Four in a Row Game Free Printable

Pet theme editable board game.

Free Printable Pet Theme Editable Board Game

Apple alphabet mats

Apple Theme Beginning Sounds Matching Mats Printable

Apple theme beginning sounds activity.

Digital Apple Beginning Sounds Activity for Google Slides and Seesaw

A fun apple theme CVC activity.

Digital Apple CVC Matching Activity for Google Slides and Seesaw

Digital Back to School Beginning Sounds Activity

Free printable word building mats for back to school.

Editable Back to School Word Building Mats

CVC word building activity.

Free Printable CVC Word Building Strips for Kindergarten

A fun camping theme activity for math and literacy centers.

Editable Camping Theme Board Game Free Printable

A CVCe phonics activity for students learning online.

Mixed CVCe Word Building Activity for Google Slides and Seesaw

Free blends word work activity for Google Slides and Seesaw.

R-Blends Word Work for Google Slides and Seesaw

S-blends word work activity on Google Slides and Seesaw.

S-Blends Word Work for Google Slides and Seesaw

CCVC and CVCC activity for Seesaw and Google.

CCVC and CVCC Word Building Activity for Google Slides and Seesaw

L-blends word work activity for teaching kids to read.

L-Blends Word Work Activity for Google Slides and Seesaw

Ending digraphs activity for Seesaw and Google Slides.

Ending Digraphs Word Building Activity for Google Slides and Seesaw

Beginning digraphs digital activity.

Beginning Digraphs Word Building Activity for Google Slides and Seesaw

CVCe phonics activity.

Long “U” CVCe Word Building Activity for Google Slides and Seesaw

Long O CVCe phonics activity.

Long “O” CVCe Word Building Activity for Google Slides and Seesaw

CVCe activities for teaching reading in a fun way!

Long “I” CVCe Word Building Activity for Google Slides and Seesaw

A fun CVCe word work activity.

Long “A” CVCe Word Building Activity for Google Slides and Seesaw

CVC word building mats for Google Classroom.

Interactive CVC Word Building Activity for Google Classroom and Seesaw

Free editable printable 4 in a row game for kids.

Editable Flower Four in a Row Game Free Printable

Rainbow sight word puzzle game

Rainbow Secret Code Word Puzzles Editable Printable

Rainbow 4 in a row game that is editable. Perfect for learning sight words and phonics in spring literacy centers.

Editable Rainbow Four in a Row Game Free Printable

Valentine's Phonics Board Games

Valentine’s Day Phonics Board Game Printable

Snowman theme phonics board games for winter literacy centers.

Snowman Theme Phonics Board Game Printables

Forest theme beginning sounds games.

Forest Theme Beginning Sounds Game Printable

These differentiated apple spin and cover games are perfect for math and literacy centers this fall.

Differentiated Apple Theme Spin and Cover Math and Literacy Activities

I hope you found several phonics activities that you can incorporate in your teaching. Your students will be well on their way to mastering phonics skills and becoming fluent readers!