English Game Recommendations

Silly Sentences

Silly Sentences is a great game that let’s kids make sentences with puzzle pieces. The set comes with 124 pieces: 40 nouns, 12 adjectives, 2 articles, 4 verbs, 2 prepositions, letting you make many sentences at the same time. Ideally suited for 4-6 year olds just beginning to read and understand sentence structure. 

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Boggle Jr.

Boggle Jr. is a great game for pre-readers and very early readers.  Recommended for ages 3 and up, this is an easy matching game that teaches kids their letters, simple spelling and reading.  There are lots of different ways to play the game, depending on your child’s reading level.  Although the game says its for kids between the ages of 3 and 6, it is probably best suited for 3 and 4 year olds. The game comes with 30 picture/word cards with 60 three and four letter words, and eight letter cubes. There is also a version for kids 8 and up.


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Flippit is a fun spelling game for kids ages 6 and up. Using colorful alphabet cards, children choose a word consisting of 3 letters or more. Much like the game of solitaire, children flip cards and reposition them in their proper spelling sequence. The more cards correctly repositioned, the more points earned. Includes 60 jumbo letter cards, 1 dry erase marker, 1 dry erase board, and instructions.

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Zingo is a simple Bingo-style game, with a fancy plastic tile dispenser that kids just LOVE! Everyone who knows Zingo loves it, kids and parents alike. To play, players try to fill their Zingo! cards with matching tiles from the Zingo Zinger. The first player to fill his/her card wins! Rules can be adjusted to favor more or less competition among players, and to vary length of time that each game takes to play. Great for word recognition and early reading, as well as just plain fun! For ages 4-8.


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Picture Word Lotto

In Picture Word Lotto children will have a great time learning pre-reading skills with Poppy, Sam and the farmyard animals. A simple bingo game for ages 4 and up, the game comes with 4 boards and 72 cards. Children can match either the picture or the word on the card to the corresponding picture or word on the board.  Great for beginning word recognition. 

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Scrabble Jr.

Kid favorite Scrabble Jr.  is letter-matching fun for your child. The game grows with your kids- for younger ones, they match picture words with letter tiles. Older players can flip over the board for a more advanced game where they create their own words. When all of the tiles have been placed on the board, the player with the most chips wins! The manufacturer’s recommended age range is 5-10, but Lisa’s kids started using it even earlier (with some help!), and they loved it.


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Bananagrams is a great way for kids to learn and build reading and spelling skills. Children can start off with simple words, and build up to more complex ones. Recommended for children ages 7 and up, players race against each other to build crossword grids. Also a great travel game.

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First Words Magnetic Poetry Kit

First Words Magnetic Poetry Kit is a wonderful product for early readers (around kindergarten age) to work on word recognition, sentence structure and story telling- its great for developing literacy skills.  Magnetic words (about one inch tall), can be stuck to the refrigerator or any other metal surface, allowing kids to create silly sentences for everyone to read. A lot of the words are designated kindergarten sight words, which is really useful. There is also a version for older kids (ages 6-10), with more complex words.



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We just love ThinkFun’s games! What’s GNU is a fast action spelling game where players slide the “Letter Getter” forward to reveal two letter tiles, and then use them to create three-letter words by filling in the blanks on their Word-Starter cards. The player who spells the greatest number of words wins. Recommended for kids aged 5-8.

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POP for Sight Words

Sight Words are words that children need to learn to recognize easily; they are very frequently used, and often hard to sound out.  Memorizing these words greatly improves a child’s ability to read, but it can be hard to find ways of making it fun. POP for Sight Words can help! Students will gobble up handfuls of fun as they recognize and read aloud sight words. Fast-paced game play is great for improving fluency. Players take turns picking a “popcorn” and reading the word. If they get it right, they keep the popcorn. Whoever has the most pieces at the end (basically, when you get bored) wins. BUT, if you pick a POP card, you lose all your cards, adding some extra excitement. The games includes 100 die-cut popcorn cards (92 sight words and 8 POP cards) in a box with engaging graphics. Recommended for 1st grade (around 6 years old) and up.


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I Spy Bingo

I Spy Bingo has been a big hit in Lisa’s house!  Popular I Spy pictures become a fast and fun bingo game…get four in a row and shout Bingo! Players learn beginning sounds and practice reading skills. The game promotes manual dexterity, verbal and visual skills. Features two levels of play. Includes: 6 double-sided Bingo boards, 26 double-sided cards, 50 tokens.

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Snap It Up! Phonics and Reading Card Game

Snap It Up! Phonics and Reading Card Game is a fast-paced card game that provides kids with good practice in reading skills! Players pick and pass cards as fast as they can to spell words. Reinforces word families, spelling and reading skills. This game helps with word chunks, rhyming, reading, initial sounds, long vowels, short vowels and more. Comes with 90 cards. Good for beginning readers (ages 5 and 6), as well as older readers who need extra reading help.

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