Digraph Missing Sound Mats

These free printable digraph missing sound mats are great for hands-on practice with phonics skills and phonemic awareness while learning digraphs. Plus, there is almost no prep for you!

Free printable digraph missing sound mats for phonemic awareness and phonics skills.

Digraph Missing Sound Mats

These digraph word building mats are so fun to use and have so many benefits for your kindergarten or first-grade students.

If your students know their letter sounds and have mastered CVC words, moving on to phonics instruction with digraphs is a great next step.

Digraphs are combinations of two letters that, when combined, represent one sound. Ch and Sh are examples. They can appear at the beginning or the end of words! You might see it at the start of a word, such as CHeese. They are also at the end of words, like fiSH!

Digraph activity missing sound mats for practice with phonemic awareness and phonics skills like phoneme isolation, adding phonemes, word mapping and spelling words with digraphs.

Digraph Word Building Mats

Students will identify the picture that is at the beginning of the line. Then they will use letter manipulatives to practice adding phonemes to build the word pictured. They could use magnetic letters or letter beads to build the words or use a dry-erase marker while the mats are inside of write and wipe pockets.

This continues until they have built all the words on the mat.

Printable digraph worksheets for phonics skills and practice word mapping.

I love this phonics activity because it gives students a hands-on way to practice phonemic awareness and phonics skills. This would be a great resources for small group instruction or for use during centers.

There are 10 words included, 5 words for beginning digraphs and 5 words for ending digraphs. All of the words are CCVC or CVCC words for students who are just beginning to read and spell words with digraphs.

Low Prep Phoneme Segmentation Activity

These digraph word building mats are quick and easy to get ready for your students. All you have to do is print and laminate or slip into write and wipe pockets.

For easy storage, place the CVC word-building mats in a large baggie, file folder, or storage tray for easy grab-and-go access.

Digraph word missing sound phonemic awareness activity.

Setting Up the Digraph Activity

Supplies needed:

  • Digraph Missing Sound Mats (button at bottom of the post to get them)
  • Alphabet letter tiles, letter beads, magnetic letters, or another letter manipulative
  • Write and wipe pockets (optional)


  1. Print the word building mats.
  2. Laminate or slide into write and wipe pockets.
  3. Gather letter tiles or letter manipulatives of your choice.
  4. Store the entire activity in a large baggie, file folder, or storage tray.
Printable digraph worksheets for kids to practice phoneme isolation and phonics skills.

Using This Digraphs Phonics Activity

Students will apply their knowledge of letters and sounds to segment the digraph word pictured into individual phonemes and then fill in the missing sound by matching that sound to the letters that make it.

Students will look at the pictures and they will say the name of the word pictured. Then, they will segment each sound in the word and place the letters that corresponds to the digraph sound in the empty box.

If you don’t want students using letter manipulatives, you can laminate your mats so students can use dry erase markers and practice writing the letter that is missing.

Finally, they will blend the sounds together to read the word they built and check to see if it matches the word pictured. I love these missing letter mats because students can practice identifying letters, sounds, and words.

Printable digraph missing sound phonics mats.

Differentiating This Missing Sounds Phonics Activity

This missing sounds activity is so versatile and can be used in various ways. You can use these to fit the needs in your schedule and lesson plans. Plus the needs of your learners and their learning styles.

Some additional ideas for using this digraphs phonics activity with students.

  • Write each word on a sheet of paper as a recording sheet.
  • Work with a partner to build the words.
  • Use the mats during small group instruction.
  • Print in black and white as use as a worksheet.
  • Slip into write and wipe pockets and use dry-erase markers on the mats.
Free printable digraph missing sound mats for learning phonics skills and building phonemic awareness.

This would be a perfect phonics activity for small group instruction or literacy centers, making lesson planning and prepping easy!

I hope this phonics activity is a big help to you and engages the kids in lots of hands-on practice with adding sounds to build words with digraphs.

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