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Learning the number of syllables in a word is an important skill for new readers. Syllable activities help strengthen both reading and spelling skills, as they teach kids to break longer words down into smaller chunks, making them easier to read, spell, and write. These creative and fun syllable activities are designed with a child’s needs in mind. They provide educational value, but also tons of fun for early learners. Pick out the activities that look like the most fun to try, or try them all!
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Hands-On Syllable Activities for Early Readers
Use these ladybug clip cards to help children learn syllables.
LEGOs make a wonderful tool for counting syllables. / This Reading Mama
Use these counting cards to help practice syllables. / This Reading Mama
Make literacy fun with this syllable counting activity. / The Measured Mom
Kids will love this open and closed syllable learning activity. / This Reading Mama
Teach syllables with this clever printable. / You Clever Monkey
This game teaches syllables in a fun, hands-on way. / This Reading Mama
Kids will love this syllable matching tray. / No Time for Flash Cards
Use a muffin tin to count syllables. / Growing Book by Book
Kids will love using straws to count syllables. / Pre-K Pages
Dot the syllables with this syllable worksheet. / This Reading Mama
Use this printable to divide syllables. / This Reading Mama
This farm-themed syllable activity is tons of fun! / The Educators’ Spin On It
Active kids will love this syllable counting game. / School Time Snippets
Use clothespins and these syllable strips for counting syllable fun! / You Clever Monkey
Sort words by number of syllables in this cookie jar activity. / Playdough to Plato
Make a pool noodle caterpillar for counting syllables. / Pre-K Pages
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