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

Draw Something - Free

Compatible with iOS and Android

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

Hanging with Friends - Free

Compatible with iOS and Android

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

Words with Friends - Free

Compatible with iOS and Android

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

Anagram Scramble

Anagram Scramble - Free

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!

 

Boggle Bash

Boggle Bash - Free

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!

 

Chicktionary

Chicktionary - Free

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.

 

DefineTime

DefineTime - Free

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.

 

Digging for Answers

Digging for Answers - Free

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.

 

Frog's Rhyming Machine

Frog's Rhyming Machine - Free

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

Knoword - Free

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.

 

Math Run

Math Run - Free

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.

 

Scrabble

Scrabble - Free

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!

 

Word Ruffle

Word Ruffle - Free

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.

 

Word Search 2

Word Search 2 - Free

With fun categories such as "Classic Video Games" and "Italian Food," this word search game is a new take on an old classic.

 

Word Stone

Word Stone - Free

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.

 

Word Whomp

Word Whomp - Free

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.

 

Game Websites

ABCya

ABCya - Free

ABCya contains educational online games and activities for elementary students that were created or approved by certified school teachers.

 

Boxer Jam

Boxer Jam - Free

Boxer Jam contains tons of free word puzzles, Sudoku games, word searches, jigsaw puzzles, trivia, word scrambles, and much more to help you have fun and learn something online.

 

DyslexiaGames.com

DyslexiaGames.com - Various Prices

This website has tons of games, puzzles, and drawing/art projects available for purchase that aim to help dyslexic children learn better.

 

Fablelane

Fablelane - Free

​This collaborative story writing site allows you to start the beginning of your story and have someone else finish it. It is a fun way to practice your writing skills and see your stories go in directions you never expected!

 

Kabongo

Kabongo

Here you'll find free online children's games that are fun and educational. These challenging games can help build confidence while advancing at your child’s pace. Registered parents can access real-time reports on their child’s progress and discover more skill-building activities to try at home.

 

Logic Puzzles

Logic Puzzles - Free

Logic Puzzles contains a plethora of educational and fun games that will all test and strengthen your logic skills.

 

PBS Kids

PBS Kids - Free

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

Starfall - Free

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.

 

Word Central

Word Central - Free

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.

 

Other Games

The Storymatic! Kids

The Storymatic! Kids - $29.95

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.