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Learning about blends can be fun when it is butterfly blends! Use this free Butterfly Blends Activity in your literacy center for a fun, hands-on activity to practice consonant blends!
*Pair this with our Blends & Digraphs Centers and Activities for Early Learners!
Butterfly Blends Activity
“Blends are consonant sounds, usually 2 or 3, that are verbalized together to easily roll off the tongue. You can still hear each individual sound, not like a digraph where a new sound is produced. “– The Kindergarten Connection
These butterfly blends are “L” blends – a consonant followed by the letter “l”. I’ve included the 6 most common ones namely “bl”, “cl”, “fl”, “gl”, “pl” and “sl” to this activity.
As part of this free printable butterfly blends set, you will find a sheet with the body of a butterfly, a recording sheet and then heart-shaped wings with letters.
Laminate all the sheets and cut the wings as shown in the first example.
Grab a pencil or crayons for writing down the “l” blends on the recording sheet.
How to Play
This butterfly blends activity can easily be an independent activity for your literacy center.
Students mix and match the wings and discover “l” blended words(by blending the blend and the last letters together, “bl” + “ock” = “block) and record it on their recording sheet.
Recording sheets like these are serving as visual “maps” of certain words. Students can add more blends to the sheet as they encounter it throughout the day/week.
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Mixing and matching of the wings is a fun way of working on phoneme manipulation (a skill needed for reading and writing) where one swaps out a sound in a word for another sound.
The example above shows how “flap” became “flock” by only swapping out the last sounds.
It could also be swapped out with the “cl” blend to form “clap”. There are lots of possible options and students will discover these by physically swapping out sounds when manipulating the wings and writing down their findings on the recording sheet.
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