I love helping to teach little learners their letters and the sounds they make. It’s the first building block to helping them learn how to read and is so important. I’ve gathered some of my favorite Activities To Teach Beginning Sounds.
I love making things fun, hands-on and like to play a lot of games. When your students get to play games, it makes learning not such a daunting experience for them.
These alphabet letter hats are a fun way to help introduce the letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make. There are 4 pictures of things that begin with the letter sound and then they get to practice writing the uppercase and lowercase of the letter on the back strip.
Alphabet-Beginning Sounds Dough Mats
These dough mats are such a fun hands-on way for your little learners to practice their letters. They will get to have fun making each letter out of dough and the pictures on each mat help reinforce the beginning sound that the letter makes. They will then again get to practice writing the uppercase and lowercase versions of the letter.
My Alphabet Book
This is a fun book to use each time you teach another letter in the alphabet. Each letter of the alphabet has its own page in the book that shows the letter and pictures of things that have that letter beginning sound. They will also get to practice writing the uppercase and lowercase of the letter as well.
Now that we’ve introduced the letters of the alphabet we can start reinforcing the beginning sounds the letters make and help your little learners identify pictures that match the sounds. There are several games that I like to play that will help with this.
Beginning Sounds Board Games
These beginning sounds board games are a fun and engaging way to practice beginning /initial sounds. They are a fun hands-on addition to your literacy center rotation, can be used in small groups, or can be sent home to play with family members.The games can be played with 1-4 players and you can play using a die or using the spinners that are included.
Beginning Sounds Mystery Picture Puzzles
These puzzles are a fun hands-on addition to your literacy center rotation, can be used in small groups, or can be sent home to practice with family members.The students will match the puzzle piece letters to the matching beginning sound to solve the mystery picture.
Beginning Sounds I Have Who Has Games
These I Have Who Has Games are great to play as a whole class or can even be played with as little as two players. Choose a student to start and they will ask the class who has a word that has the beginning sound of the letter on their card. For example, Who has a word that has a beginning sound of the letter A. Everyone will look at their cards at the picture to see if it starts with an A sound. The student that has the picture of an apple will raise their hand and tells the class I have apple. They will then continue to go to the bottom of their card and ask, who has a word that has the beginning sound of the letter B.? Continue the game until all letters and pictures have been matched.
Beginning Sounds Puzzles
I share a free printable set of beginning sound puzzles here. It’s a fun hands-on way for the kids to be able to choose a picture and match it to the letter sound that it begins with. If they haven’t learned all of their letters/sounds yet, only give them the letters you’ve reviewed and continue to add more as they learn.
Color By Code Beginning Sounds
These color-by-code beginning sounds pages are always fun for your little learners. The students will look at the picture in each section and color it one of 2 colors depending on if it begins with the letter sound at the top of the page. They will continue until all of the sections are colored to reveal the letter.
Beginning Sounds Spin and Cover
This beginning sound spin and cover game is a great one to use as a center or in small groups. The students will use a paper clip and pencil and spin a letter. They will then cover a picture that has the same beginning sound as the letter.
Beginning Sounds Letter Bingo
And last but definitely not least, beginning sounds letter bingo. This is a great one to use with the whole class or in small groups. The teacher will call/show the picture and the students will have to find the correct beginning sound letter on their game board.
I hope this has given you some fun new ideas of ways to help your little learners practice and learn their sounds.
What are some of your favorite Activities To Teacher Beginning Sounds?
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