Make Learning to Read Fun: Digraph Games for Younger Students

Being able to read is an essential skill for children. This ability opens up whole new worlds and sparks creativity in our minds! Books and stories teach us about different times, cultures, societies and broadens our imagination. But before reading independently, children must learn the basics to reading words with blends and digraphs through phonics activities. It’s crucial that educators and parents keep reading activities fun and engaging to help foster a love of reading from a young age to continue into adulthood. This is something to consider when selecting teaching resources for your children to use in the classroom and at home.

Educational games are wonderful tools for young learners who are practicing their reading skills. We have taken the traditional game of ‘Snakes and Ladders’ and modified the numbers to words with specific blend focuses. Your students will have fun playing these games whilst learning and practicing reading common words containing beginning digraphs, ending digraphs, trigraphs and split digraphs. These games can be downloaded from the Resources for Teaching website ( and printed out at home. They are wonderful for literacy centers which are designated physical areas where kids move from activity to another for specific learning purposes.


Resources for Teaching is one of the leading websites for teachers across Australia. Many educators and parents searching for a specific teacher resource download digital products directly from their store and have immediate access to learning materials. They have plenty of engaging educational games, lessons, worksheets and posters that will save you valuable preparation time and that will keep your students engaged.

The author is a writer who often publishes articles on health and education for their readers online. She also manages a website that offers a range of teaching resources online. Visit for more information.

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