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Digraph Ice Cream Puzzles

Kids will love solving theseDigraph Ice Cream 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!!  #digraphs #firstgrade #2ndgrade


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”.

Digraph Ice Cream Puzzles

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).

Digraph Game

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

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! Beth is also the creator of www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com where she shares Kindergarten spedicif worksheets,& educational ideas.


  • Hi Beth. Just wandering why when I print your free projects the back ground comes out black. Because when I look at the ice cream puzzles it shows a white back ground .
    I love your work sheets and projects. Have done quite a few. Love them.
    Thanks. Bonnie

    • I suggest downloading the printable first. Then print the downloaded copy. Depending on your internet provider sometimes that can happen when printing from an online copy. Enjoy

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