Compound Word Clip Cards Free Printable

Develop phonological awareness skills with these free printable Compound Word Clip Cards and add in fine motor work too!

Free printable compound words clip cards for phonological awareness lessons in preschool, kindergarten and first grade.

Compound Word Clip Cards for Phonological Awareness

Phonological awareness is critical aspect of reading instruction. Blending, segmenting and manipulating words and units of sound is a foundational element to learning to read. That is why developing phonological awareness is so important.

While using this resource students will practice blending smaller words into one bigger compound word and they will do this in an engaging, hands-on way.

There are 12 clip cards in the freebie for lots of hands-on practice with this skill.

Compound words phonological awareness activity for kids to use during centers or small group. A hands-on phonological awareness lesson for kindergarten.

Simple Phonological Awareness Activity

This fun compound word resource is super simple to prep and use. Simply print, cut, and laminate!

There are 4 cards per page, so you are only printing 3 pages and all cuts are straight lines.

You can also put stickers on the back of the correct answer so that the cards are self-checking, but that is optional.

A fun, hands-on phonological awareness printable activity for learning to blend words to form compound words.

Setting Up the Compound Words Activity

Supplies needed:

  • Compound Words Clip Cards printable (button at bottom of the post to get them)
  • Clothespins or other clips


  1. Print the compound word cards.
  2. Laminate and cut the cards apart.
  3. Gather clips.
  4. Store the entire activity in a large baggie, file folder, or storage tray.
Phonological awareness activity for literacy centers or small group instruction.

Hands-on Practice with Blending Words

Give your students a fun, hands-on way to practice blending words to make compound words.

Students will look at the 2 words pictured at the top of the card and say each word out loud. Then they will blend those two words together to form a compound word and say that out loud. Lastly, students will clip a clothespin on the picture that shows the word they just made.

If you put stickers or marked the correct answer on the back, students can flip the card over and make sure they selected the correct compound word.

Students can grab another card and keep playing until they have completed all the compound words.

Learn to blend and segment words with a hands-on compound words activity for phonological awareness instruction and practice.

Ideas for Use and Differentiation in the Classroom

These clip cards are great for morning work, early finishers, whole group lessons, literacy centers, tutoring groups, small groups, and so much more! Once you show your students how to play, the cards are very simple to use independently.

Don’t want to use clips? No worries, slide the whole page into a wipe and write pocket and have students circle the compound word picture. Then just erase and grab another page!

Free printable compound words literacy activity for developing phonological awareness.

If students need something to turn in, you could number the cards and have students draw a picture of the compound word they created for each card.

Your students are going to enjoy making compound words and developing phonological awareness when they use these clip cards!

Grab the compound words clip cards and get your students ready to read!

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