We love snow! From the beginning of winter, we talk about all the activities we want to do that involve snow.
Students can’t help but want to build snowmen, even when they don’t live somewhere with snow! There’s just something magical about them.
Because activities with snowman are a great way to get kids learning without realizing they’re learning.
So to connect snowmen with literacy we’ve created this Snowman Initial Sound Match-up. Students can practice their sounds and phonemes at the beginning of words in an enjoyable hands-on way!
Would you like more was to implement the winter them across your curriculum? Be sure to take a look at our Winter Learning Activities.
Snowman Initial Sound Match-Up
As they are developing their early literacy skills, learning initial sounds is an important building block. When students can say and hear the sounds of letters, it will start to help them discriminate the difference in letters.
This snow inspired resource is an exciting way to help our early readers build up their phonological awareness. This match-up is ideal for Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms.
It works perfectly for literacy stations, independent work, or in small review groups. Depending on your students’ abilities, this can be used as a review or as a challenge.
Inside You’ll Find:
- 7 sheets with the snowman head covering each letter in the alphabet (4 snowmen per sheet)
- 26 sheets of snowballs, each with 6 different pictures.
- This resource also comes in black and white to save on ink, so it is a total of 66 pages.
Getting the Snowman Initial Sound Match-Up Ready
This Snowman Initial Sound Match-up is easy to prep. After you purchase and download it, you’ll print it (in color or black and white) and cut using a paper trimmer. Put all of your pieces into a plastic container. I find it helpful to use plastic pencil cases to store centers like these. They don’t take up a lot of space and keeps everything in one place.
This is how I keep my Language Arts materials organized throughout the year.
Using the Snowman Initial Sound Match-Up
Students will start the activity by choosing a snowman head with a letter on it. I encourage my students to say the letter and the sound out loud. This student chose the snowman head with the letter “Bb.”
They will then sort through all of the snowball pieces with pictures looking for the ones that start with the sound /b/. It may work best to have students work in small groups the first time they try to complete the Snowman Initial Sound Match-Up activity.
Once their snowman is built with the snowballs representing the corresponding letter, they can choose a new letter and start again.
This printable can also be completed by having all the snowman heads laid out on the floor or a table. Your students can then sort through all of the snowballs and place each with the correct snowman head.
If you have younger learners or students who may need extra practice or review, you can differentiate this activity. Provide them with two of the snowman heads and the corresponding snowballs at one time. Or make it simpler and offer them consonant letters they are more familiar with.
Once these are mastered, you can gradually add in more snowmen heads and more snowballs.
While working in groups or on their own students will have a frosty good time showing off their mastery of initial sounds!
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Are you ready to implement this in your classroom or home?
Your little learners can practice initial sounds all year long with our Initial Sounds Mega Bundle. It has 12 themed initial sound activities! Plus, when you purchase them together, you’ll save yourself some money!
Have fun with your students in the classroom and at home with this Snowman Initial Sound Match-Up Printable Activity.
Want More Snowman Learning Ideas?
Don’t forget to check out our Snowman Match-Up Bundle! It has everything you need for your literacy and math centers with a winter theme.
If you can’t find a resource that you would LOVE to have for your classroom, Contact me and I would be happy to make it for you.