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Instead of using flashcards to practice letter sounds, try different and new activities that are fun and engaging. Our free Beginning Sounds Clip Cards are easy to prep, can be played independently or in small groups, and provide great fine motor skills practice as students clip and unclip the clothespins!
*Pair with our Kindergarten Math and Literacy Clothespin Clip Cards BUNDLE!
Beginning Sounds Clip Cards
Early pre-reading skills are so important to master to create a strong foundation for fluency. Preschoolers and Kindergarteners who can recognize their letters and have moved on to letter sounds can benefit from lots of practice in fun, hands-on ways.
This super low-prep activity includes 26 clip cards. Each clip card has an image on it that begins with one letter of the alphabet.
How to Prep
Prep is easy! Start by printing out the beginning sounds clip cards on cardstock for extra durability. Laminate the cards before cutting them all apart. This will save you a step! I’m never a fan of cutting out printable activities twice unless there is a really good reason.
I like to use trays or small baskets in my classroom for clip card activities. I divide them up into different baskets for multiple kids to play at once. I add enough clothespins for each of the cards in the basket or tray, and that’s it – it’s time to play!
How to Play
I’m a huge fan of introducing new learning centers during circle time. I use this time to gauge which kids understand the activity and which may need a little more one-on-one time during centers. It’s also helpful because my preschoolers imitate how I do everything, down to the inflection in my voice. So how I practice figuring out the beginning sound will be how they practice.
So for example, I would pick a card and say the word. When saying the word, I’m big on over exaggerating the beginning sound for my preschoolers. Some yell the letter right away, and some repeat the sound. After that we work together to figure out the letter.
Sometimes working backwards through the other letter sound choices on the clip cards helps figure out the correct answer. Add each sound to the beginning of the word. When it sounds funny, it’s not the answer!
To make this an independent learning center, write the correct answer in pencil on the back. This will make the activity self-correcting!
Grab Your FREE Copy
Ready to have some fun with letter sounds? Grab your free copy of the Beginning Sounds Clip Cards by clicking the large, yellow download button at the end of the post!
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