Hey teacher friends! I feel like I say this every year, but how is it winter already? One of the skills we practice constantly, no matter the season, is letter and beginning sound identification. Today I’m sharing a fun beginning sound activity with a sweet winter theme: Hot Chocolate Beginning Sound Match. It will be a great addition to morning tubs, literacy centers, or for small group instruction.
*Pair this with our January Kindergarten Printables Bundle!
Hot Chocolate Beginning Sound Match Activity
Hot Chocolate cards with uppercase and lowercase letters (For example: Aa).
Marshmallows with beginning sound pictures for each letter of the alphabet (A-Z).
How To Play:
The object of this activity is to be able to match each hot chocolate letter card to a marshmallow picture card. Students will choose a letter card and identify the sound that letter makes. Then they’ll look for the picture that makes that same sound at the beginning of the word. When they find a match, they lay those two cards together.
Other Ideas for Beginning Sound Practice:
There are various ways you can choose to use these beginning sound cards! Here are a few ideas to help you and your students get plenty of use out of this free activity:
- Play Memory
- Speed Match (students see how fast they can match up each pair)
- Put the cards in order
- Lay each match out and go through naming the letters and/or saying the sounds
- Teacher says a letter/sound; students use a pointer or other hands-on manipulative to tap the corresponding cards.
RELATED RESOURCE: Winter Centers & Activities for Pre-K/Kinder
Tips for Supporting Students:
- For students who need support with letter/sound identification, provide them with an alphabet chart that has pictures. Guide them through using the alphabet chart to find a letter or figure out its sound.
- For students who have difficulty isolating beginning sounds, this may be an activity to include in your small group instruction so that you can provide proper instruction and guidance on identifying beginning sounds. To support these students, say the picture word for them, enunciating the beginning sound to help them figure out what they’re listening for. I always have them repeat the word themselves too, so that they can hear themselves saying that sound.
- Additionally, when I’m working on any kind of letter activity with students who are still learning to master them, I like to choose a group of letters to work with, rather than the entire alphabet. Make sure that most of the letters you choose are those that students know. This will help them feel successful. Of course, if you’re using this during small group instruction, you will also want to include a few letters that students have not yet mastered, to help move them toward making that progress.
I hope that you and your students enjoy this free activity! To download this Hot Chocolate Beginning Sound Match Activity, click the large, yellow button below.
Then, hop on over to see our Winter Alphabet and Number Cards!