There are tons of ways to begin teaching sounds. The best way I have come so far is teaching phonics beginning sounds with the help of pictures and games. I have created this cute ice cream puzzle activity which the kiddos absolutely love. They do not mind doing it over and over again.
This game includes a to z beginning sounds ice cream puzzles for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade.
There are seven printables in all. Print out the printables on card stock or a thick sheet. Laminate them for durability.
Cut along the dotted lines on the ice cream. This will give you two halves. The upper half of the ice cream puzzle has a picture of the phonics beginning sounds. The lower half of the ice cream has uppercase and lowercase letters.
A cheat sheet with the answers for this phonics sounds activity is included.
Spread the lower part of the ice cream with the letters on a flat surface (table) and give the children the upper half with the pictures. The children will identify the picture and its beginning sound. They can complete the ice cream by placing the picture above the letter.
Children absolutely love such games and these activities also help them understand and differentiate among various phonics beginning sounds.
You can try the above kindergarten activity worksheets to practice beginning sounds of ‘things we eat.’
You can use as many or as few ice cream puzzles as you wish to. Since I use the Jolly Phonics curriculum, I begin with
s a t p i n
And then, I move to
ck e h m r d
Since most schools and parents teach sounds from alphabet a to z, I have prepared the game in that order.
When you download the PDF file, you will get the printables without the ‘English Safari’ logo.
You can also team up this resource with ‘ice cream and its flavors’ themed day. I did that in my class during summers and it was so much fun.
There are 28 ice cream puzzles in all. I have included both q and qu depending upon your preference. I also have two puzzles for x– xylophone and siX.
The PDF file is in letter paper format.
It is a fun resource to practice beginning sounds in the classroom or at home.