Do you know a child who loves ice cream and games? We do! There is nothing better than a big scoop of ice cream – covered in sprinkles of course. This free Ice Cream Scoop Middle Sounds Sort helps beginning readers put their literacy skills to work identifying the middle sounds in simple short vowel CVC words and building delicious looking ice cream cones at the same time!
*Pair with our CVC Word Centers and Activities for Early Learners!
Ice Cream Scoop Middle Sounds Sort
This printable activity includes 5 ice cream cones and 20 scoops of ice cream.
Each ice cream cone has one vowel printed on it (a, e, i, o, and u). Each ice cream scoop has an image of a CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) word on it. When the scoops are matched up to the corresponding middle vowel sound, each cone will have 4 scoops.
How to Prep
Prep is easy! Simply print the activity (download below) and cut out all 25 pieces. You can choose to laminate this activity if you are using it in a classroom setting, or just print it on cardstock for extra durability.
The object of the game is to build each ice cream cone treat by sorting all of the scoops of ice cream to their correct cone. When complete, each ice cream cone will have one scoop of each color: blue, pink, purple, and green.
Time to Play!
There are a few different ways to play and practice the short vowel sounds in these CVC words!
The basic way to play would be to put the ice cream cones in a row and spread the scoops out around the table or floor. One by one, add the correct ice cream scoop to the corresponding ice cream cone that has the correct middle sound printed on it. For example, the scoops with the hat, map, sad, and bag images on them will be added to the cone with the ‘a’ on it.
If the focus is on one vowel sound in particular, only use that one ice cream cone with all 4 corresponding CVC word scoops, but add in extra ice cream scoops. The object will be to differentiate between the specific vowel sound that you are focusing on and the non-examples.
For a beginner version, include just a couple of ice cream cones and corresponding CVC word ice cream scoops. This will encourage the focus to be on fewer vowel sounds at one time. Mastering 1 or 2 vowel sounds, and then adding more parts of the game will help build confidence!
Store this printable game in a reusable plastic bag to keep your pieces organized until it’s time to play again!
This activity can be used as a literacy center in your classroom or as a busy bag activity at home. My preschooler loves when I make this kind of game. Often, after I use games like these in my classroom (or share them with her teacher), I bring them home for her to play too!
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