10 phonics games to play with your Alphablocks letter tiles

Fun, easy learning activities for your little reader

10 phonics games to play with your Alphablocks letter tiles
by Natalie Keeler

When children watch Alphablocks on CBeebies, they see letters of the alphabet telling brilliant stories and creating words – all using phonics. These cute characters make learning phonics fun, so we’re delighted to bring you these games you can play using Alphablocks letter tiles.

The Alphablocks letter tiles are available with the Alphablocks Reading Programme, and with CBeebies Special magazine. You can also play these games using any letter tiles, or even letter magnets. 

Are you ready for some fun with the Alphablocks?


Grab your tiles and play these phonics games

1 Wordmakers

Choose one vowel and two consonant tiles and give the consonant tiles to your child. Pop the vowel down and see if your little one can place their tiles in front and after it to make a word. Now change the middle vowel. What new words can they make?

2 Alpha Hunt

Choose 2 simple words like ‘dog’ and ‘cat’. Take the 6 letter tiles that make these words and hide them around the room. Can your little one find all 6 letters, and then make the 2 words?

3 Sounds the same

Make a word with the tiles, for example ’cat’. First, your little one sounds out ‘c-a-t’. Next, they think of rhyming words, like ‘bat’ and ‘hat’. Now make a funny poem together, like ‘the cat and the bat sat in a hat’! Try it with ‘dog’, too. ‘The dog and the frog danced on a log!’ Next, try ‘bug’ or ‘fox’.

4 Alpha Picture

Each player takes 10 tiles and a piece of paper. Now, each player creates a picture filled with things that begin with the letters. If you get an ‘m’ your picture could have mountains. If you get a ‘b’, your picture could have a boat. How different are the final works of art?

5 Wordplay

Pop all the tiles in a bag and pull out a letter each. Take it in turns to say 3 words that begin with that letter. Keep taking tiles until the bag is empty!

6 Name Game

Can your child spell their own name using the tiles? Now think of friends and family members. Can they have a go at spelling their names, too?

7 First Sounds

S, a, t, p, i, n are the first sounds taught at school. Have your little one pick tiles out of a bag until you find each one. Can your child make the sound out loud? Now, can they trace each letter out in the air with their finger?

8 Alphablocks Connect

Draw a grid of 10 x 5 squares on a piece of A4 paper. Pop the tiles in a bag, then each player pulls out 5. The first player who can make a word lays it on the grid. Now, take it in turns to use your tiles to make new words on the grid. Just make sure they connect to each other in some way. Build words across or down. Take it in turns to pull tiles out of the bag so you always have at least 5 each. The person who makes the most words is the winner!

9 Letter Tile Bingo

Think of a simple 3-letter word like ‘cat’. Sound out the letters for your little one. Now take turns pulling letter tiles out of a hat. Whoever makes the word first shouts “Bingo!”

10 Alphablocks Mime

Choose a letter tile and don’t show your little one. Act out something that begins with that letter. For example, if you get a ‘c’ you could moo like a cow! Can they guess your letter?

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Learning guide

We’ve made these phonics games as fun and simple as possible, so your child won’t even realise they’re learning letter recognition, spelling and word building as they play. The foam letter tiles are really satisfying for them to hold, pick up and put down too, which is great for developing their dexterity and fine motor skills.