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The free typing games and lessons on Big Brown Bear have helped thousands of people learn to type since 2005. The games are built using Flash which will no longer be supported by new browsers after the end of 2020.

We have re-built the lessons to help everyone learn to type at home with our typing class.

Links to the new resources can be found on the left hand menu. They work in exactly the same way, except they no longer require Flash to run.

You can still find the advanced game to help you learn how to type: this game allows you to practice using the keyboard in a proper structured way, starting with the the guide keys and progressing from there.

As always it is great to hear back from any one playing the games: Let us know if you if you enjoy them.

Literacy Games

This is a free range of interactive teaching programs (ITPs) designed to support whole class teaching. The web design and development was carried out by Lightness Ltd. The games may be used with interactive whiteboards or on individual computers. The materials are based around phonemes and include prefix and suffix materials as well as more general tools such as magnetic letters and numbers.

A free fully featured version of each application is available online (see below).

New-look typing lessons Free typing game

 

1. Phoneme Count

Key Stage 1 | More…

Here is the free online version of the Phoneme Count ITP.

Sort the words by the number of phonemes that they contain. Drag the words into the corresponding boxes.

There are 5 levels of difficulty covering 60 words.

2. Phoneme Frame

Key Stage 1 | More…

Here is the free online version of the Phoneme Frame ITP.

There are seven different word lists for this "phoneme frame" jigsaw, with over 130 different words.

Each word is split into the component phonemes and displayed as random jigsaws pieces. Drag the shapes onto the bar to make the original word.

 

 


 

3. Rocket: Nouns, Verbs and Adjectives

Key Stage 1 and 2 | More…

Here is the free online version of the Noun, Verb and Adjective ITP.

Find five words to launch the rocket. Choose from nouns, verbs or adjectives.

Drag the correct type of word into box to countdown the launch. Find five words out of a mixture of fifteen. The words are randomly selected from a list 90 words.

Nouns and Verbs Screenshot: Countdown to launching the rocket

 

4. Phoneme Blender

Key Stage 1 and 2 | More…

Here is the free online version of the Phoneme Blender ITP.

Select from six different combinations of letters. The program then creates a set of spinning wheel with 2 to 4 different sets. The whole word can be randomised or just the individual letters.

Decide whether the resulting word is a real word or not.

Fruit Machine Screenshot: four different letter combinations

 

5. Complete the CVC Word

Key Stage 1 and 2 | More…

Here is the free online version of the CVC ITP.

There are tem word lists with over 100 CVC words. Work through a list of 10 random words and then drag and drop the right tail onto the donkey.

The list can be hidden or shown to help students find the right tail.


 

6. Phoneme Bingo / Bingo Cards

Key Stage 1 and 2 | More…

Here is the free online version of the Bingo ITP.

There are 8 different word lists, featuring 160 words.

Select a list of words to play with and the program randomly presents them. The words are displayed in turn, with each words added to the list on screen. The timer can be altered to make the words change faster or slower or can be stopped and started as required.

This program is supported by a card generator. This prints out randomly generated bingo cards using the same word lists. Choose between 4, 6 or 8 words per card and between 2,3 or 4 cards per page.

This program is supported by a card generator. The actual resource is here.

Bingo Screenshot: the growing list of words, the current word and the timer

 

7. Pairs: Prefixes and Suffixes

Key Stage 1 and 2 | More…

Prefixes | Suffixes | Opposites | Homophones

There are four different games of Pelmanism. Choose between prefixes, suffixes, opposites or homophones. Within each game you can select between 8 and 24 cards.

The cards are randomised and players have to find matching pairs by remembering the location of cards. The computer automatically removes matching cards and keeps track of the words that have been matched, as well as the score and the number of tries.

Pairs Screenshot: twenty card game of homophones showing two unmatched words

 

8. Prefixes

Key Stage 1 and 2 | More…

Here is the free online version of the Prefix ITP.

There are four list of different prefixes from a total of 160 different words. (drawn from the National Literacy Strategy).

Ten words are selected at random from the list and split into the prefix and the root word. Drag the word and the prefix into the box at the bottom of the screen. The word can then be checked to see if it is correct. A list of all the words that are correctly identified is recorded and can be seen (and printed out) by clicking on "Summary".


 

9. Suffixes

Key Stage 1 and 2 | More…

Here is the free online version of the Suffix ITP.

There are four list of different suffixes from a total of 160 different words. (drawn from the National Literacy Strategy).

Ten words are selected at random from the list and split into the root word and the suffix. Drag the word and the suffix into the box at the bottom of the screen. The word can then be checked to see if it is correct. A list of all the words that are correctly identified is recorded and can be seen (and printed out) by clicking on "Summary".


 

10. Magnetic Letters

Key Stage 1 and 2 | More…

Here is a free online version of the Magnetic Letters ITP.

A white board version of the classic fridge magnets. Use the keyboard or the onscreen letters to select up to twenty one letters. These can then be dragged around the screen to make any word you like. Simply drag the letters off screen to remove them, or click "Clear all letters" to clear the screen.