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By Taylor Martin • September 14, 2022

10 Free Games to Teach 2nd Grade Reading Foundational Skills

Sparking a love for learning takes time—and a great activity to kickstart it! If you've been searching for second grade reading games and activities that are truly engaging for kids, you're in luck. We have plenty to share!

Our team of former educators has created these effective and engaging resources you can use to help your students master key standards. All of the games listed below are aligned with most state standards, and can be found within eSpark’s differentiated reading curriculum. Try out these games with your students for free!

1. Wombat Treasure Quest

Wombat Wayne is on a quest to find hidden treasure! He needs your help finding the clues in his collection of secret scrolls.

Wombat Quest game

Skill: Ask and Answer Questions

2. All About National Parks

Learn all about the national parks in this eSpark eBook!

All About National Parks eBook

Skill: Nonfiction Text Features

3. Peanut Butter and Charlie

Listen to this story about Peanut Butter and Charlie, and pay attention to the problems—and how they’re solved! 

Peanut Butter and Charlie story

Skill: Identify Characters and Events

4. Azure Leads the Way

Read about Azure, a dragonfly who lived on a flower pond, and pay attention to the problems—and how they’re solved!

Azure Leads the Way story

Skill: Gain Meaning From Pictures

5. Levi’s Long Vowel Parade

Choose the balloon with the right word to help Levi build the floats for his parade!


Skill: Long and Short Vowels

6. Olive vs. The Dragons

Olive the Knight is guarding the castle—from dragons! Help her find the long and short vowel sounds to scare them away.

Olive vs. the Dragons game

Skill: Long and Short Vowels

7. Cloud Surfing Sight Words

Soar through the sky by selecting the sight words that you hear. Gain a power boost by answering correctly on the first try!

Cloud Surfing Sight Words game

Skill: Irregularly Spelled Words

8. Jungle Racers: Affixes Edition

Complete the sentences with the right expressions to beat your friends in a race through the jungle.

Jungle Racers Affixes Edition game

Skill: Root Words

9. Unicorn Magic

Help the unicorn in Sparkle Meadow recharge her powers by answering questions about words.

Unicorn Magic game

Skill: Compound Words

10. Dakota’s Dog Rescue

Dakota needs your help taking care of the dogs in her rescue. To help, answer the word meaning questions correctly.

Dakotas Dog Rescue game

Skill: Multiple Meaning Words


As a reminder, these games are all part of eSpark's rich, play-based learning curriculum. They are woven into individual student Quests and included in our pre-built Small Group Skills lessons. To access the full library of activities and assign them to your students, click the sign up button at the top of your screen for a free trail of all eSpark has to offer.


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