Digraph Ice Cream Puzzles

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Digraph Ice Cream Puzzles

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Kids will love solving these ice-cream digraph puzzles! This set of free puzzles features both beginning and ending digraphs.
FREE Digraph Ice Cream Puzzles - these are such a fun way for kids to practice identifying both beginning and ending digraphs in words. This is perfect for literacy centers, summer learning for kids, and homeschooling with first grade and second grade kids. LOVE THIS!!

A digraph is a pair of letters that make one sound.

Try sounding out a word such as "ship" and you'll find there are only three sounds /sh/ /i/ /p/ . The individual letter sounds of /s/ and /h/ can't be heard so it's a digraph. Whereas if you can still hear the individual sounds of a letter combination such as "fr", for example frog /f/ /r/ /o/ /g/, then it's a blend.

Some well known digraphs are "sh", "th", "wh", "ch", "ph" and "qu".


Print the ice-cream digraph puzzles on cardstock or use a for added durability. Next, cut them out and sort them into two sets - beginning digraphs and ending digraphs. 

HINT:  I store mine in zip lock bags with an attached label (included).

Free Digraph Puzzles

To Play:
Explain to the kids that beginning digraphs are found at the start of a word and that ending digraphs are found at the end of a word. 

Next, lay out the puzzles. Model what to do by saying something like "My ice-cream has /sh/", then find the matching piece and say "Ship begins with /sh/". 

Then ask the kids to read the rest of the digraph ice-creams and find the cones with the matching pictures.

Extension Activity
Ask a child to pick their favorite ice-cream puzzle. Then see if they can think of any other words that begin or end with that digraph.

Digraph activity to help kid practice beginning digraphs and ending digraphs in grade 1 and grade 2

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Rosemary is an Australian Early Childhood Teacher and founder of Fairy Poppins Teaching Resources. She has a passion for play-based learning and creating printables for teachers and students that make learning fun. You can find her on PinterestFacebook, and Twitter.

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