Classroom phonics activities

Updated March 13, 2018

Phonics activities reinforce the concepts students learn about letters and the sounds they make. A strong understanding of phonics enables kids to decipher new words as they read. Using a variety of phonics games and activities provides practice time for strengthening phonics skills in the classroom. The activities are easy to modify by varying the types of phonics concepts you use for them.

Phonics Puzzles

This phonics activity gives kids the chance to identify a common letter sound they hear in a list of words. Say three different words that share a common phonics sound. For younger kids, choose words that begin with the same letter, such as fan, family and fig. The kids listen to the words and figure out they all share the F sound. For more of a challenge, choose words that all end with the same sound. As the kids become familiar with single letter sounds, add blends and digraphs like sh, th, tr, ch., gr and ng. As an extension activity, have the kids say or write more words that also have the phonics sound in them.


A collage turns phonics study into a creative educational activity. Write a particular phonics sound on the top of the collage paper. The kids cut out pictures from magazines or draw pictures of objects that start with that phonics sound. Another option is to add lots of different phonics sounds into one collage. The kids cut out a picture and the corresponding letter or letters that make that sound. The picture and letter are glued side-by-side on the collage.

Find the Letter

This phonics game gets the kids moving in the classroom. Cut out different letters, blends or digraphs and tape them to the floor. Another option is to tape them onto the wall. Call out either a phonics sound or a word that uses one of the letters you displayed. The kids stand on the letter or stand next to it if you place them on the wall. To avoid congestion, make more than one of each letter used. This allows the kids to spread out around the room. Continue calling out different sounds or words.

Egg Match

Leftover plastic Easter eggs create the base for this advanced phonics activity. Write a word on each egg, with part of it on one half of the egg and the other part on the other half. Each child needs between five and 10 egg words. Have them separate the egg halves and mix them up. They then race to put the egg parts together to create words. Another option is to give them several different halves that would allow them to make a lot of words. Challenge them to see how many different words they can create.

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Based in the Midwest, Shelley Frost has been writing parenting and education articles since 2007. Her experience comes from teaching, tutoring and managing educational after school programs. Frost worked in insurance and software testing before becoming a writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education with a reading endorsement.