Consonant blends are an early reading activity that kids will do. There are many blends you can start with. And these blend printables are to help you work on those blend reading activities.
You will find a collection of begging blends and ending blend activities for kids to use with a mix of blends cards, blends hands-on printables, and blends books.
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What is a blend?
A blend is when two or more consonants are blended together, but the letters in blends all make a separate sound.
Bl would be an example of the consonant blend. So the word blender has the blend of bl.
You sound out b and l sounds in the word.
Beginning blend examples are: bl, br, cl, cr, dr, fl, fr, gl, gr, pl, pr, sc, sk, sl, sm, sn, sp, st, sw, tr.
Ending blend examples are: -ct, -ft, -ld, -lf, -lk, -lp, -lt, -mp, -nd, -ng, -kn, -nt, -pt, -sk, -sp, -st.
What consonants blends do I teach First?
I get what blends to you teach first a lot!
And the answer there is no wrong way to teach them. But I do have a way that I like to teach them.
I like to start with the l blends first. These are bl, cl, fl, gl, pl, and sl. I have seen several people teach it this way.
You could also start with the r blends like br, cr, dr, fr, gr, pr, and tr.
I like to work on learning patterns with reading. So that you know when you see a word with a b and l together that you know it is a blend and you sound out each letter.
Things to use with the Blends Printables
I always get asked what we use with our blends printables and these are the things we used most often. They are linked to Amazon so you can see more information about them.
- copy paper
- white cardstock
- laminating pouches
- pocket chart
- dry erase markers
- 1 inch ring
- dot marker or bingo daubers
- Bob Books Set 4 – Complex Words
- Meet the Phonics – Blends
- Stop, Drop, and Flop in the Slop: A Short Vowel Sounds Book with Consonant Blends (Sounds Like Reading ®)
Blends Wall Cards, Bookmarks, & Card Printables
You are going to find a collection of different types of cards, wall cards, and bookmarks for learning blends.
Blends Matching Cards work on match a picture and a word with the same beginning blend.
Blends Bookmarks have short vowel blends and love vowel blend options.
No-Prep Blends Printabes
There are easy no-prep blends printables. You just print and go. There is no other work needed. These are great when you want blend practice for homework or learning centers.
Blends Trace, Find & Color is part of the learning to read sets for tracing the words, finding the matching picture and coloring the picture. These are an easy no-prep printable for working on blends.
Blends Coloring Pages: Ending Sound have ending blends sounds. You will find -ct, -ft, -ld, -lf, -lk, -lp, -lt, -mp, -nd, -ng, -kn, -nt, -pt, -sk, -sp, -st. They have a trace or write option.
Blends Coloring Pages has bl-, br-, cl-, cr-, fl-, fr–, gr-, gl-, pl-, pr-, sc-, sk-,sl-, sm-, sn-, sp-, st-, sw-, tr-. You have a trace the word or write the word option.
You can also find some our more about each of the page types here.
- Blends Coloring Pages: Bl, Br, Cl, Cr
- Blends Coloring Pages: Dr, Fl, Fr, Gl
- Blends Coloring Pages: Gr, Pl, Pr, Sc
- Blends Coloring Pages: Sk, Sl, Sm, Sn
- Blends Coloring Pages: Sp, St, Sw, Tr
Seasonal No-Prep Blends Printables
Easter Themed Spin and Cover L Blends is a fun spin and find activity for Easter with bl, cl, fl, gl pl, sl.
Christmas Blends Find & Color has a fun Christmas tree with no-prep printable finding the r blends: br, cr, pr and tr.
Blend Themed Easy Reader Books & Small Folding Books
You are going to find a mix of themed blend easy reader books and small folding books to learn blends.
Blends Small Books the Full Set has two types of books. You have a version with 6 blends words and tracing the words. The second version has three blends in a book with read, trace, and color.
Seasonal and Themed Blends Books
Medieval Blends & Digraphs Easy Reader Book has fun color and read the sentence for blends pr, dr, sw, fr, fl, cr. Plus some digraphs as well.
Zoo Blends & Digraph Easy Reader Book has color the blend and then read the sentences. It has the following blends sk, sn, sl, sw, and fr. There are some digraphs as well.
Winter Blends Easy Reader Book has winter themed blends words like snow. You will find the following blends sk, sn, sl, sn, tr, sc, sl, sw, and gl.
Christmas Themed Blends & Digraphs Easy Reader Book has fun blends to color and then read the sentence. It has the following blends st, pr, sl, and tr. It also has some digraphs as well.
Blends Hands-on Printables
These are printables that have some type of hands-on activity with it. There are sorting mats, building ladders and more.
Blends Word Ladders: Beginning Sounds is a learning ladder that you learn to spell words with the blend.
Blends Puzzles: Bl-, Br-, Cl-, Cr- are great for building words with a matching picture. You can see the letters for the word and the picture that matches it. There is also a selling version that has more puzzles for each blend and building mat.
Winter Blends Sorting Set has hands-on sorting mats, recording sheets, and no-prep blends sorting activity for kids to do with all the beginning blends.
Camping Themed L Blends Sorting – works of beginning blends for bl, cl, fl, gl, pl, and sl. You have a picture sorting make for kids to sort to the right camping area.
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