Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Beginning Sounds Activities, Games, and Centers for Kindergarten

Learning letter names and letter sounds is an important step our students must master in order to become a successful reader. As teachers, we want our students to have strong phonemic awareness and phonics skills. We want our students to be able to identify beginning sounds so that can quickly decode texts and read fluently. This requires lots of exposure and lots of practice. 

Today I want to share with you several activities to help your students practice and master beginning sounds. These are easy to prep activities that you can use in morning tubs, literacy stations, or as fast finisher activities. These activities are new, fresh, and sure to keep your little ones attention.

But before we talk about activities to help your students learn letter sounds, I want to share with you an assessment freebie that will help you gage your students knowledge and monitor their progress along the way.

I actually have two freebies for you. One requires students to provide the beginning sound of a picture, while the other assessment focuses on students understanding of the sounds letters make. 

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

This beginning sounds assessment is similar to the alphabet assessment freebie that I share awhile back. There is a student page {color and black and white} and a teacher recording page included in the download. For this assessment students say the beginning sound of each picture as you check off the beginning sounds they identified correctly. The bottom portion of the assessment page can be used for a re-test at a later date. 

Click on the picture below to download the freebie.

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

And now for a letter sound assessment freebie...

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

Next is an assessment to monitor student knowledge and progress of letter sounds. I prefer to assess students using uppercase letters and lowercase letters separately. Don't just assume that because a student may know the sound the uppercase letter makes, they will recognize it when shown the lowercase letter {or vice versa}. I'd rather be sure by double checking. :)

There are two versions of the uppercase and lowercase student pages included: a black/gray and white version and a color version. The lines are different colors to make it easier for students to track the print. I like the color version because it you can easily mix up the assessment by asking students to read the orange row, and then the purple row, etc. 

Click the picture below to download the freebie. 

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

Since students often needs lots of exposure and lots of practice to master skills, it's a great idea to have lots of different activities to provide that practice. This beginning sounds bundle includes ten different resources to help your students sharper their skills. 

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

The ten activities in this bundle are either low prep or no prep at all. Students use manipulatives like mini erasers, plastic cubes, magnetic letters, and more to practice letter sounds. These activities are perfect for literacy centers but are also great for morning tubs or fast finishers. Picture names are included for every. single. picture. included in this packet.


Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

The Match and Cover activity can't get any easier to prep! Just print and slide in page protectors. Students will need red, yellow, green, and blue plastic cubes for this activity. Students identify the letter and corresponding letter sounds. This resource include 20 practice mats and 5 no prep pages to monitor student progress.


Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

Build the Letter includes three different types of activities. In this first activity students use mini erasers to form the uppercase and lowercase letter of the beginning sound picture. Each letter has directional arrows to show students how to form the letter. These are great for introducing students to the concept of using mini erasers or small manipulatives to form letters.

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

In this next activity students identify the beginning sound of the pictures at the top of the mat. They use mini erasers to form the letter to show the sound. Uppercase and lowercase letter formation reference pages are included to provide student support.

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

Finally, in this last activity, students will select a card and use mini erasers to form the letter to show the beginning sound. Multiple sets of picture cards are included. They are color coded to keep you organized! If you don't have mini erasers, don't worry! You can use any small manipulative to complete these activities.


Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

These pocket chart activities are great for large group, small group, or center activities. There are alphabet header cards for each letter of the alphabet along with six beginning sound pictures. The headers and picture cards slide right into pocket charts.

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

You can use these for introducing a letter, a whole group sorting activity, or students can use this as a center. Students can use a pocket chart to sort the pictures or complete the activity on the floor.

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

You can also use the picture cards to pair students with partners or in small groups. For extra fun, make this a game or a quick time filler activity!

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.         

Here's another idea for using these cards for a small group game. Select a set of picture cards, you can use many different letters or focus on a few letters that you want students to practice. (I usually use 16 for a group of 4-5 students). Turn all of the cards over and put a few classroom manipulatives on each card. You can use mini erasers, plastic cubes, small bears...whatever you have. 

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

Students take turns selecting a card and turning it over. If they can identify the beginning sound correctly, they keep the manipulatives that were on top. If they don't identify the sound correctly, they turn the card back over and place the manipulatives back on top. Continue playing until all of the cards have been used. The player with the most manipulatives is the winner. 


Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

There are six different themes included. Students match the letter on the card to the beginning sound picture. Throughout the activities you'll find a variety of letter cards {uppercase letters only, lowercase letters only, and uppercase/lowercase letter combo. so students get exposure in a variety of formats.

These cards are a great size for most pocket charts, or students can make their matches on the floor.

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

Students match the camera to the picture.

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

Match the sandwich to the lunch bag.

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

Match the fish to the fishbowl.

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

Match the pencil to the paper.

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

Also included are two optional recording sheets to hold students accountable for their work. You can most definitely use this activity without the recording sheets...but they are there if you want them! :)

Beginning Sound Literacy Centers

This packet includes six different center activities. Most of the activities have more than one version so they can be used more than once without having to re-explain the directions. Answer keys are included and student recording sheets are in black and white. Here's a sneak peek at some of the activities:

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

Students say the name of the letter in the apple and determine the sound that it makes. They will clip the two pictures that begin with that sound.

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

On the recording sheet, students color the two pictures to show their answers.

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

Students say the name of each picture to determine the two pictures that have the same beginning sound. 

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

They color the two pictures on the recording sheet and write the letter to show the beginning sound. 

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

Students will need magnetic letters for this activity. They will use the letters to show the beginning sounds on the activity mats. 

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

To record their work they will find the series of pictures on their paper and record the letters to show the beginning sounds.

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

This activity will help bring some math into your literacy block! Students will count each set of pictures to determine how many. On the recording sheet they will find the letter to show the beginning sound of the pictures and record the number of pictures. {Note: There is a second activity with letters N-Z included.}


Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

This activity includes write the room cards and recording sheets for all 26 letters. {Note: The letter Xx includes CVC words that end in x}. You'll want to place the picture cards around the room. Students will walk around to find the cards. They will match the beginning sound picture to the one on their paper. They will copy and record the word on their paper. 

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

I love when activities can serve two purposes, so you can also use the cards as a word work station. Students use magnetic letters to spell the words.


Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

Students identify the beginning sound of each picture as they work through the maze. They cover the pictures that begin with the target sound until they reach the STOP sign. Students can use plastic cubes, mini erasers, or any other small manipulative to cover the pictures.

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

Also included, but not pictured, are answer keys. You can easily make this a self-checking activity by sliding the beginning sound mazes and answer keys back-to-back in page protectors.


Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

This resource includes three types of mats. The first one is pictured above and is perfect for learners just starting on beginning sounds. There are only six pictures so it is not overwhelming for young students.

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

This next mat is similar to the one above, but has 12 opportunities for practice.

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

The last activity included is color-coded and meant to be cut apart. Each color set includes 26 beginning sound pictures (A-Z). You can use these in a small group or place them in a small container with letters for students to "grab and go". 

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

I picked up these clothespins from Target, but have also seen them at Michaels. For a little fine motor practice, students can clip the letter to the card.


Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

This resource includes 26 mats, one for each letter of the alphabet. Just print and slide in page protectors. Students will say the name of each picture and cover the ones that begin with the target sound. For the letter Xx students will be covering pictures of CVC words that end in the letter Xx.


This packet includes six different types of games. Each game has multiple versions so students can play multiple times without having to re-explain directions. Here's a peak at some of the games included.

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

Students play with a partner. They roll the dot cub, count the dots, and cover a picture with the corresponding beginning sound. The first player to cover all of the pictures on their game board is the winner.

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

This activity is perfect for a fun game during guided reading. Students take turns selecting a card and identifing the beginning sound of the picture. If the player identifies the sound correctly they get to cover a picture on their game board. If a player picks a SoundBAM card they must follow the directions. The first player to cover all of the pictures is the winner. Several different themes and picture cards are included.

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

Also great for a small adult led group, this is a modified version of the game shown above. Students are shown a series of three pictures to determine the beginning sound. If they answer correctly they get to move a space forward on their game mat...but beware of those special cards! Several different themes and picture cards are included.

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

For this game students play with a partner and try to be the first to cover four in a row. You could also use this as a fast finisher activity and have students work independently to cover the beginning sound pictures. 

Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

With Four in a Row students roll a dot cube and cover a corresponding picture. The first player to cover four in a row is the winner.

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Beginning sounds is an important skill in Kindergarten and early primary classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE beginning sounds assessment tool. Plus you'll also find loads of ideas for letter sound practice. Easy and practical activities that require little or no prep. You'll find games, pocket chart activities, centers, printables, and more.

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  1. Thank you for sharing your fun ideas, games and assessments.

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