Free Syllable Games Online

Fun, animated games to help your child understand syllables.

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SillyBulls by VocabularySpellingCity

Children have to click on the box with the correct number of syllables for each word in this simple game. 

There’s some fun animation and sound effects to make it more interesting and all of the words are spoken, so your child doesn’t need to be able to read to play it. 

When you click on the game you can select a list of words to use.  The ‘short a words’ list isn’t a great choice because they all seem to be one-syllable words which gets too repetitive.

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Drum Machine by Literactive

Students beat the drum to count the syllables in words for this game.  The words are spoken so they don’t need to be able to read.

To access this game, you will need to register with the Literactive site (it’s free).  Once you’ve done that, click on the activities tab at the top then on the Level 4 link in the left hand margin.  You should be able to locate the Drum Machine game and several other activities.

Click  on the image below to access the Literactive site in a new tab.

Some young kids might find this musical syllable video from the BBC entertaining and informative.

You might also find it helpful to check out our free downloadable syllable activity worksheets

How many syllables?
Sorting words by syllables Activity
Cut out the pictures in each category and sort them according to the number of syllables in each word.

Further Resources:

Another way to access free online games and activities is to register with some of the specialist reading programmes that offer free trials.

For example:

Parents and teachers can register for a 30-day free trial with Reading Eggs.  This allows you to access over 500 highly interactive games and fun animations for developing Phonemic awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension.

Learn to Read! For ages 2-13

A 30-day free trial is also available from  This is a leading online educational website for children ages 2–8. With more than 9,000 interactive learning activities that teach reading, math, science, art, music, and more.

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Although it’s not quite free, you can get a 30-day trial with the award-winning Hooked on Phonics programme for just $1.

IXL Learning cover 8000 skills in 5 subjects including phonics and reading comprehension.  You can click on the following link to access a 7-day free trial if you live in the US.

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Click on the following link to see a variety of other Free Phonics and Phonological Awareness Online Activities and Games.

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