When my oldest first started to learn the letters of the alphabet, I tried quite a few different ways of teaching him and quickly learned that, for him, hands-on activities were the way to go.
If I can find a way to incorporate practice for multiple skills at once? Even better! He loves a challenge and things really seem to sink in a bit more for him when he is working on multiple skills simultaneously.
With that in mind, now that we’ve started to move from letters onto their sounds, I created a set of beginning sound pumpkin puzzles for him that will not only let him continue to practice the letters of the alphabet (both upper and lowercase) and match those letters to objects with their corresponding beginning sounds, but will also allow for a little extra early math and problem solving practice. And of course, they’re perfect for fall!
The best part? Today, Becky has so graciously allowed me to invade her corner of the internet to share them with you, all of This Reading Mama’s fabulous readers!
These puzzles are super easy to use and a whole lot of fun! Just print them out, cut the puzzles into pieces, and hand them over to your preschooler or kindergartner.
Beginning Sound Pumpkin Puzzles
Within the download, you’ll find 52 puzzles, two for each letter. The first set is the beginning sound puzzles that you see pictured. For us, since we just started with these, we often use only a couple of letters at a time and practice those for a bit before adding another, but you can use them however you like. If your child is already a pro or has been working on beginning sounds for a while, by all means, let him review with all of them.
The second set of puzzles are simpler and can either be used for review or with your younger ones that are just learning their letters. For these puzzles, simply match the uppercase letter to their lowercase counterpart.
However you use them, I hope you and your little readers enjoy them as much as we have!
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