Digraph Ice Cream Puzzles

Kids will love solving these ice-cream digraph puzzles! This set of free puzzles features both beginning and ending digraphs.

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).


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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Beth Gorden
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Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of six who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of playing together. Beth is also the creator and author of 123 Homeschool 4 Me where she shares 1000+ free printables, creative homeschool lessons, crafts, and other fun ideas to help preschool and homeschooling families have fun while learning and exploring together.