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Fun Learning Ideas for 5-Year-Olds

Your child will probably have started synthetic phonic activities at school so finding time to enjoy playing with letters and sounds in games and activities will really help to support their learning.
Other activities can help your child to develop key skills such as speaking, listening and numeracy, and to support what they are learning at school. Visit our Kidsโ€™ activities section for games, worksheets and more.


Games and Activities

  • 1Rhyming Games

    Listen to and join in with rhyming stories, like Julia Donaldsonโ€™s The Gruffalo. Play rhyming games, or sing an action rhyme. Make silly rhyming jokes. For example: What do you call a smelly elephant? A smellyphant! What do you call an elephant watching TV? A tellyphant!
  • 2Phonic Games

    Play snap or bingo with letters and sounds. Write letters on pieces of papers or cards, to create homemade flashcards. Make two for each letter. Use them to play snap. You could also create a bingo card with eight boxes โ€“ each one containing a letter. Put the flashcards into a pile, facing down and take it in turns to be the bingo caller. Play phonics fishing! Use homemade letter flashcards, add a paperclip to each, tie a magnet to some string and a stick and ask your child to โ€˜fishโ€™ for a particular sound.
  • 3Memory Games

    Play โ€˜Kimโ€™s gameโ€™. Put a few items on a tray (for example, a crayon, an apple, a building brick, a toy car). Then look, cover, remember and check! Talk about, photograph or write out some โ€˜eventsโ€™ from something you have done together โ€“ can your child remember the correct order? Go shopping โ€“ try to remember the list together!
  • 4Listening Games

    Play games such as โ€˜Simon saysโ€™ โ€“ party games are often good ways to practice speaking, listening, and memory skills, without them even noticing! Listen to music and talk about the instruments being played โ€“ find pictures on the internet together.