If you have dyslexia, there’s no need to avoid hard puzzles and word games any longer.
There are many educational apps and online games that will help teach reading, spelling, and much more in a playful setting — while providing beneficial practice for dealing with dyslexia.
Below is a list of apps and online games for enjoyment (and a little educational value).
App Games for iOS & Android
Draw Something - Free
Like Pictionary, this game gives you a word to draw out for other players to guess. You get many colors and tools with which to draw, but you're timed, so draw fast!
Hanging with Friends - Free
It's Words with Friends and Hangman combined. Build mystery words to confuse or impress other players and wait for them to send complicated words back to you.
Words with Friends - Free
Much like Scrabble, Words with Friends is one of the most popular iOS and Android apps available today. Try to spell out the most complex words for the most points!
Individual Online Games
In this game of anagrams, the goal is of course to create as many words as you can in a given amount of time, with a given set of letters. Points are dependent upon the length of the word, so try to find the longest words!
Like the classic Boggle game, in Boggle Bash you must try to find as many words as you can before the clock runs out. Watch out—the game jumbles the letters for the last minute of the last round!
Try to spell as many words as you can from the letters on the chickens and solve the puzzle as fast as possible. Once you guess enough words, you will fill up the empty egg rack and advance to the next round.
In this game of definitions and deception you’ll pit your word knowledge against the clock! You’ll be presented with a word and four alternative definitions. Choose the correct definition to move on to the next word.
With each question—on topics ranging from astronomy to The Wizard of Oz—you have the choice of answering on your own or trying to beat the clock as you search for the answer on a Smithsonian website.
Press the button to have the frog generate a word for you with his bubble machine. Then, when three other words pop out of the machine, match the ones that rhyme. If you get it right, the frog will highlight and read the words aloud to you.
Knoword is a quick thinking game that helps boost vocabulary, spelling, speed of thought, as well as increasing analytical, observational, and typing skills. The object of the game is to complete as many words as possible by guessing a word based on its definition and first letter.
Solve the math problems as they scroll to the top of the screen, one after another. Be careful, though—if you hit the top, it's game over.
Spell words and let them build off of each other with this online version of the classic game. The more complex the word, the more points you get and the more you learn!
Another anagram game (much like Word Whomp, only simpler), Word Ruffle provides you with a set of scrambled letters, from which you must find as many words as possible.
The objective of Word Stone is to form as many words as possible through moving and arranging the letter tiles before the whole grid crashes down.
Try to spell as many words as you can from a given set of letters before time runs out. The more words you unscramble, the more points and bonuses you receive.
ABCya contains educational online games and activities for elementary students that were created or approved by certified school teachers.
This website has tons of games, puzzles, and drawing/art projects available for purchase that aim to help dyslexic children learn better.
Logic Puzzles contains a plethora of educational and fun games that will all test and strengthen your logic skills.
The PBS Kids website contains dozens of fun activities, all organized, right on the home page, by type. Aside from reading, literacy, and spelling games, there are measurement games, math games, memory games, and much more. (Also, be sure to check out Word World on PBS Kids for lots of fun word games.)
Starfall is a free public service site that aims to teach children to read with phonics. Their systematic phonics approach and phonemic awareness practice is perfect for younger students, students with learning disabilities, and ESL students.
These "robot" games target spelling, language skills, and vocabulary. The Alpha-Bot pronounces words to help test spelling skills, the Robo-Bee pollinates flowers with words on them to help test language skills, and much more.
The Storymatic! Kids is a great game for young learners as they learn to write and create stories. Using just cards, kids can use their imagination to create a story while developing good writing skills—it’s a good game for the classroom or at home.