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Fun, Free Literacy, Phonics, and Spelling Games

 

MrNussbaum.com offers 34 Super Fun Spelling, Phonics, Alphabet, Grammar, & Vocab. Games (plus other language arts skill games).

 

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Alpha Baby Races

 

Alpha Baby Races

 
Background: How well do you know your alphabet? Choose and name your baby and then race to the finish line by dragging and dropping the correct letter block to the question mark block in alphabetical order. Be careful! The wrong letter block will slow you down and sometimes cause tantrums. Defeat all of the other babies and earn your golden pacifier!
 
Skills: Alphabet Patterns
Age Range: 4 – 8
Play on: Computer | iPad or Tablet
Extensions: Included on Mr.N APP
   
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Wordquake

 
Background: Oh No! It’s a Wordquake! Drag and drop the labels that have been mixed up by the wordquake back to their correct pictures. Click or touch the green “ready” button when you want to start. There are two rounds. You have two minutes to complete each round.
 
Skills: Sight Words
Age Range: 4 – 8
Play on: Computer | iPad or Tablet
Extensions: Included on Mr.N APP
   
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Letters!

 
Background: Simply click “play” and choose game play options. When you hear the voice call the name of a letter, click on the correct letter. See if you can correctly select all 26 letters. Letters includes two different skill levels.
 
Skills: Letter Identification
Age Range: 3 – 6
Extensions: Included on Mr.N APP
   
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Bash a Number of Letter

 
Background: Simply click “play.” When you hear the voice call the name of a letter or number, bash the correct letter or number with your digital hammer. There are 35 rounds, one for each letter and number 1-9. At the end of the game, you can see which letters and numbers you need to practice. Get all 35 and earn your gold medal certificate.
 
Skills: Letter and Number Identification
Age Range: 3-6
Play on: Computer | iPad or Tablet
   
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Alpha Switch

 
Background: What letter does each object start with? The makers of these alphabet charts really need your help!  Drag and drop the objects to their correct places on the letter chart. For example, the picture of a basketball should go with the “Bb” There are three rounds. Get them all right and earn your gold medal certificate. 
 
Skills: Beginning Letter Sounds
Age Range: 4-8
Play on: Computer
Extensions: Included on Mr.N APP
   
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Two Letters

 
Background: Game Instruction: Click “ready” and identify the object in the picture. Say its name out loud or to yourself? What two letters does it start with? Click the correct “two letters” or digraph. See how many you can get get in two minutes.
 
Skills: Digraphs, Blends
Age Range: 4-8
Play on: Computer
   
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Sight Birds

 
Description: Listen to the voice announce a word and then use the binoculars to find the matching sight bird! There are 78 total sight birds but you don’t have to play until you get all 78. Quit whenever you want by clicking the “X” at the bottom of the page. Then, print your certificate which shows the words you identified correctly and the words you need to practice.
 
Skills: Identifying Sight Words
Age Range: 4 – 8
Play on: Computer
   
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Letter the Sky

 
Background: In Letter the Sky, students draw letters using their touch screen or mouse. The game is outstanding practice for young writers as “smart” arrows guide each letter stroke in its correct order. Students can choose to write the entire lowercase or uppercase alphabets, or specific words or letters. Students can use different color “highlighter” strokes for each letter and the program determines accuracy by the number of times the student traces outside of the guidelines. All student letters (including alphabets) can be printed out on a single page.
 
Skills: Letter and Word Writing on a Tablet or with a Mouse
Age Range: 5 – 10
Play on: This game plays on all devices.
   
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Polly

 
Background: Polly is a parrot who says words. Listen to the words Polly says and then choose the word from a list of four. If you do well, Polly’s parrot friends will notice and join Polly in speaking words to you. See if you can correctly identify 20 sight words.
 
Skills: Identifying Sight Words
Age Range: 4 – 8
Play on: Computer
Extensions: Included on Mr.N APP
   
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Curse of the Farm Fox

 
Background: That pesky fox has done it again. He has put a spell on the animals on Mr. Nussbaum’s farm and now they all have different sounds! The animals are very upset and want their normal sounds back. Help them by returning the correct sounds to the animals.
 
Skills: Identifying Animal Sounds
Age Range: 3-6
Play on: Computer
Extensions: Included on Mr.N APP
   

Letter Quest

 
Background: Can you find the letters hiding in the alphabet classroom? Find the letters and drag and drop them to the correct order in the alphabet chart at the top of the screen. Make sure you check cabinets, drawers, and backpacks as your elusive letters can be hiding anywhere!
 
Skills: Find the Letters and Place them in Order (not necessarily starting from A); Alphabet Visualization
Age Range: 5 – 8
Play on: Computer
Extensions: Included on Mr.N APP
   

Alpha Train

 
Background: You are the conductor of the alphabet train and it is your job to pick up the animals at their stops. Your train has12 cars the A, B, C, D, E, L, M, P, R, S, T, W cars. At each stop there are five or six animals that need to be directed to the correct car (because animals can’t read). For example, the eagle needs to be in the “e” car and the duck needs to be in the “d” car. There are six total stops and 40 total animals. Your job is to get as many animals in their correct cars as possible before you reach the train station. If you see an animal you don’t recognize, click on it and the answer will be revealed. You get four free answers per game!
 
Skills: Beginning Letter Sounds of Animals; Timed
Age Range: 5 – 8
Play on: Computer
Extensions: Included on Mr.N APP
   
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ABC-a-Pillar

 
Background: The ABC-a-Pillar wants to learn the alphabet and the alphabet song! Re-arrange his segments so that the ABC song can be sung in its correct order. There are two skill levels. For ages 2-3, the letters show on each segment, and for ages 4-5 the letters do not show.
 
Skills: Ordering Letters
Age Range: 3 – 6
Play on: Computer
Extensions: Included on Mr.N APP
   
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Wrong Name Game

 
Background: Click on the farm animal with the wrong name. Each screen will show five farm animals, one of which is misnamed. See how many misnamed animals you can identify in two minutes.
 
Skills: Sight Words with a Farm Animal Themes
Age Range: 5 – 8
Play on: iPad/Android Tablet Browser
   

Class Picture – NEW

 
Background: Arrange the animals in ABC Order so you can take a clear class picture. First, enter your first name, then, drag and drop the animals to their correct places in the picture! If you arrange the animals incorrectly, your picture will be blurry.
 
Skills: ABC Order
Age Range: 6 – 9
Play on: Computer | iPad or Tablet
   
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Word Ops- NEW

 
Background: In Word Ops, players are presented with a word and have three minutes to make as many words from that word as possible. The longer the words you form are, the more points you get! You’ll have three minutes to play. If you can achieve 50 points, you’ll receive a bonus minute.
 
Skills: Making words from other words
Age Range: 6 +
Play on: Computer
   
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Spelling Central

Skills: Spelling List, ABC Order, Word Search, Missing Letter – Depends on Spelling List
Age Range: 6 – 12
Play on: Computer | iPad or Tablet
Extensions: Extend the functionality of this program for free when you register for MrNussbaum XTEND
   
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Grilled Cheese Please

 
Background: Based on an original MrNussbaum.com children’s short story, students must use their spelling and typing skills to help their food character turn back into a boy or girl by winning a swim meet in a ketchup pool. See how fast your chosen character can swim the four lengths! The record now is 1:09. Print out a certificate after you win! Story coming soon.
 
Skills: Spelling intermediate words
Age Range: 6 – 10
Play on: Computer | iPad or Tablet
   
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Logo Maker

 
Background: Make your own colorful logos using resizable shapes, borders, and icons. Add and modify text using different fonts, colors, and our “bend text” feature which allows you to bend text to fit the curves of a circle. When you are finished, you can save your logo to your computer or print it out. You can print out one large logo or eight small logos.
 
Skills: Functional Literacy
Age Range: 6 – 10
Play on: Computer
   
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Kidzness Card Maker

 
Background: Kids, now make your own “Kidzness” or business cards! Simply choose colors, borders, backgrounds, add text and pictures. You can even change the size of the images once you have inserted them onto your card. When you are finished, click the printer icon and the program prints out eight cards per page. Give them out or trade them with your friends.
 
Skills: Functional Literacy
Age Range: 6 – 10
Play on: Computer
   

Paralaughs

 
Background: These are hilarious themed stories that students can create simply by adding nouns, plural nouns, past tense nouns, verbs, adjectives, and other parts of speech. Similar to online mad libs.
 
Skills: Parts of Speech such as Nouns, Adjectives, Verbs, and Tensed words
Age Range: 6 – 12
Play on: These work on all devices.
   
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Everglades Spelling

 
Background: Race through the everglades as your chosen animal by identifying the missing letter in each word. Choose from a sea turtle, manatee, sting ray, or alligator. Each round becomes progressively more difficulty and your animal opponents become faster and faster.
 
Skills: Determining the missing letter from words; Difficulty level increases
Age Range: 8 – 12
Play on: Computer | iPad or Tablet
   
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Words-a-Plenty

 
Background: Choose the word category and skill level and then unscramble as many words as possible in thirty seconds. This game is addictive!
 
Skills: Unscrambling Words; Timed with Different Skill Levels
Age Range: 8 – 12
Play on: This game plays on all devices.
   
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Hawkabulary

 
Background: In Hawkabulary, students play the role of the vocabulary hawk, whose job it is to eat the woodland creature with the vocabulary word that correctly completes the sentence at the top of the screen. In each round there are five sentences.
 
Skills: Contextual Vocabulary
Age Range: 8 – 11
Play on: Computer | iPad or Tablet
   
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Ant-O-Nyms

 
Background: You are an ant with your ant friends. Your goal is to navigate through the grass and dirt paths back to your ant home. Your knowledge of antonyms will guide you. Choose the correct antonym for each word that appears and your swarm will move in the right direction. Be careful though, you have limited time! If you take too much time, you’ll become dinner for a hungry anteater.
 
Skills: Antonyms
Age Range: 8 – 12
Play on: Computer
Extensions: Included on Mr.N APP
   

Deluxe Paralaughs

 
Background: Create a hilarious story using your knowledge of nouns, verbs, adjectives, plural nouns, and adverbs. First, choose the shark story or the farm story. Create the story by catching farm animals or eating fish labeled with a word that matches the part of speech in the story. Move your character by dragging it using your mouse or fingerpad. When you are finished, print out the story.
 
Skills: Fun Game with Parts of Speech. Make a Funny Story
Age Range: 8 – 12
Play on: Computer | iPad
Extensions: Included on Mr.N APP
   
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Torture the Teacher

 
Background: Torture your teachers by clicking on the INCORRECT spellings of the words that appear on the chalkboard! Try your hardest to make Mrs. Applecrab, Mrs. Cornpop, and Mr. Nussbaum resign by frustrating them so much with your poor spelling skills! It’s you versus the teachers! You will have the opportunity to make three teachers resign! Be careful though, it gets harder as you move from classroom to classroom as the teachers in later rounds have incredible patience!
 
Skills: One Hundred Most Commonly Misspelled Words; Find the Misspelled Word
Age Range: 9 +
Play on: Computer | iPad or Tablet
Extensions: Included on Mr.N APP
   
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The Semicolon Wars

 
Background: Throughout history the semicolons of Punctuation Island have been forced to live on the swampy side of the island by their more powerful neighbors, the period, comma, and the dreaded colon. For thousands of years the semicolons have endured the abuse. Not until the present have they had the kind of leader to help them rise up and conquer their neighbors. Luckily, you have arrived. Lead the semicolons to stirring victories over their neighbors by using semicolons, periods, commas, and colons correctly by blasting them into their correct places in the sentences that appear! If you succeed, you can print out your semicolon supreme ruler certificate.
 
Skills: Periods, Capital Letters, Commas, and Semicolons
Age Range: 9 +
Play on: Computer | iPad or Tablet
   
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The Hungry Hangman Games

 
Background: Can you win the Hungry Hangman Games? Look at the puzzle and guess letters. If you guess correctly, you will move closer to the vegetarian cornucopia. If you guess incorrectly, your farm animal opponents will move closer. Each puzzle is a famous proverb. Be careful, if your opponents reach the cornucopia before you, you will lose the Hungry Hangman Games and will be beamed up to that dreadful aircraft. See how many different proverbs you can uncover.
 
Skills: Idioms
Age Range: 10 +
Play on: Computer
   
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Personality Pumpkins

 
Background: How well can you tell the personalities of the personality pumpkins? Study their faces and drag the adjective that best describes the target pumpkin to its box. There are royal pumpkins and athletic pumpkins; angry pumpkins, eccentric pumpkins and many more. When you have made your decisions, and dragged all of the adjectives over to the pumpkins, click “check.” If you are correct, you can print out a certificate featuring one of the 40 personality pumpkins.
 
Skills: Advanced Adjectives; Matching Facial Expressions with Adjectives
Age Range: 10 +
Play on: Computer
Extensions: Included on Mr.N APP
   
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Sweet 16 Word Madness

 
Background: Do you like the NCAA Basketball Tournament, commonly referred to as “March Madness?” If so, this game is for you. First choose your team. Then, use your word recognition and spelling skills to click on the basketball that completes the word at the top of the page. Choose correctly and you’ll hit a basket or three-pointer, choose incorrectly or too slowly and your opponent will score. Be careful, though, each round gets progressively tougher. You will have to be an expert in word completion to win the National Championship.
 
Skills: Word Patterns; Completing words with sections omitted
Age Range: 10 +
Play on: Computer | iPad or Tablet
Extensions: Included on Mr.N APP
   
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General Tso’s Spicy Synonyms

 

Background: Have you ever had General Tso’s Chicken? If so, have you ever considered exactly who is General Tso? Believe it or not, General Tso was a famous chef who had an obsession with synonyms. General Tso often played a peculiar game with his prodigies: Find the non-synonym among three actual synonyms associated with a particular word. If correct, his prodigies would be rewarded with a piece of his delicious chicken. If incorrect, they would have to eat the spiciest chicken he could fry up. Now, you can play the same game on mrnussbaum.com while practicing your synonyms and vocabulary.

Prove to General Tso you can withstand his spiciest chicken by using your skills to identify the non-synonym. First, look at the word that appears at the top of the page. Find the word among the four that is NOT a synonym. If you choose correctly, your “spicy tolerance” will remain constant. If you choose incorrectly, General Tso will make you eat the spiciest chicken he can fry up. When your “spicy tolerance” runs out, the game is over.  There are five total rounds.

 
Skills: Advanced Synonyms
Age Range: 10 +
Play on: Computer | iPad or Tablet
   
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XTREME Sentence Surgeons

 
Background: Do you have what it takes to become an Extreme Sentence Surgeon? Your paragraph surgery skills will be put to the test as critically injured paragraphs enter your emergency room. Their injuries are significant: poor spelling, no punctuation, wrong word usage, and much more. It will be gruesome. Use your superior skills to fix the bad spelling words, add commas, capital letters, periods, apostrophes, and change words used incorrectly. The paragraphs are counting on you. Be careful, though. You only get three incorrect fixes before your paragraph dies. You must completely fix two paragraphs before earning your Ph. D in extreme sentence surgery. Good Luck! Click on the words  that need to be fixed and edit them below.
 
Skills: Sentence and Paragraph Correction for Usage, Punctuation, Spelling
Age Range: 10 +
Play on: Computer | iPad or Tablet
   
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Homophones on Halloween – NEW

 
Background: In this neighborhood, you’ll only earn your Halloween candy if you know your homophones. Go from house to house in this neighborhood full of haunted houses and earn full-sized candy bars for identifying the correct homophones for each sentence. How many candy bars can you earn in two minutes? Can you earn each type of candy bar such as Butterthumbs, Skitters, and Milk Ways?
 
Skills: Homophones such as their, there, and they’re
Age Range: 10 +
Play on: Computer