The Best Free Online Reading Games for Kids

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Reading is one of the first academic skills children start to learn. Building early phonics and comprehension skills in kids can serve as a solid foundation for later education. Parents commonly set early goals for teaching their children how to read, but sometimes getting kids to stay motivated to learn can be tough. For children resistant to traditional text-based approaches to learning reading, periodically playing educational games may help get them more excited to read, and can engage them in a way that makes learning fun.

We’ve gather up our top five favorite websites for online reading games below, which cover a variety of grade levels, ages and abilities. Best of all, they’re free!

Top Websites for Online Reading Games for Kids

Professor Garfield – This interactive site features a variety of academic activities featuring Garfield and his friends. We recommend the game “Reading Ring.”

PBS KidsPBS Kids is known for its award-winning children’s programming, and their online destination offers tons of educational media, with videos and reading games for a variety of ages.

Scholastic – The website of the popular children’s educational publication company, Scholastic has dedicated sections for kids, parents and educators, with many great reading games and activities.

SproutSprout broadcasts an array of educational programming for kids, and their site features videos and games, many starring characters from their shows. For young readers, we recommend the interactive “Sproutlet Stories” reading games.

Starfall – Starfall covers everything from the alphabet, to tongue twisters for pronunciation, to non-fiction texts and Greek mythology. Check out our Starfall review for details.

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