Fish Find and Cover Free Printable Beginning Sounds Letter Mats

Grab these free Fish Find and Cover Beginning Sounds Letter Mats to increase phonemic awareness and literacy skills for little learners.

Fish find and cover beginning sounds letter mats for preschool and kindergarten literacy centers during your ocean theme.

Fish Find and Cover Beginning Sounds Letter Mats

Grab this free printable for a fun spring activity. Your students will love identifying the picture and the beginning sound, then finding the matching letter on the fish! This alphabet activity would be great for a small group or a whole class practice resource.

Practice letter recognition with this fish-themed learning activity! Your pre-k and kindergarten students will get the opportunity to practice uppercase and lowercase letter identification on these fun fish mats!

The free printable has two fish covered with letters AND two sets of picture cards. The students will draw a picture card and identify the picture. Then, they will sound out the word and isolate the beginning sound and place a manipulative on the letter matching that sound.

This alphabet game is a fun way for students to isolate and identify the beginning sounds in words and match the sounds to the letters. It is hands-on and will keep your students engaged. You will want to write this one in your lesson plans!

Add these fish alphabet mats to your literacy centers or alphabet centers during your ocean theme. Students will flip over a beginning sounds picture, find the letter at the beginning of the word pictured and then cover the letter on the mat.

Quick Prep Letter Activity

This fish letter activity is super easy to prep and get ready for your students to use. All you need to do is print them and slide them into a write-and-wipe pocket or laminate them for durability. They could easily be printed in black and white if you need to save ink!

With prep this simple, you’ll be saving time and making the most of your planning period. Plus, you can pull these out at any time of the year, especially during the busy spring months.

Add this phonics activity to your literacy centers, in small groups, or even have students play as partners or independently. The possibilities are endless! As your students complete this letters identification activity, they’ll practice saying words, identifying the beginning sound, and matching the picture to the correct letter on the game mat, covering it with their game piece.

Fish find and cover alphabet activity for practice with letter recognition and beginning sounds identification.

Setting Up the Fish Beginning Sound Find and Cover Letter Mats

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Supplies Needed:

  • Fish Match and Cover Letter Mats with Picture Cards (button to get the printable is at the bottom of this post)
  • Small manipulatives like mini erasers or plastic fish
  • Write and wipe pockets (optional)
  • Binder ring for picture cards (optional)


  1. Print the mats and picture cards.
  2. Slide the mats into write and wipe pockets OR laminate them.
  3. Cut the picture cards and store in a baggie or place them on a binder ring
  4. Gather manipulatives, such as buttons, mini erasers, etc.
  5. Store the entire activity in a colorful tray or large zipper baggie.
Ocean alphabet and letter sounds activity for kids.

Playing the Fish Letter Match

The directions are straightforward, and your students will be able to play independently in no time. Students begin by flipping over a picture card from the pile. Then, they will look at the picture and determine the initial sound of the word shown on the picture card.

Next, they will find the corresponding letter of the alphabet on the fish and cover it with their manipulative. Play continues until all of the spaces on the mat are covered.

There is a lowercase letter mat and an uppercase letter mat for differentiation options.

Fish alphabet activity for learning letters and beginning sound isolation.

Differentiating the Letter Sounds Game

This find and cover activity is easy to differentiate to meet the needs of your students as well.

If you have students who need more practice with letter identification, you can use letter magnets, letter beads, or another alphabet manipulative. Using these to cover the letters gives them extra exposure to what the letter looks like and what sound it makes.

You can also place the letter magnets or letter manipulatives in a pile or a container and have students draw one, find the corresponding letter on the fish, and then cover it with a button or game piece. This eliminates the use of the picture letter cards, making it a bit easier as they focus only on the letter.

You can also differentiate by giving students the lowercase or uppercase mat, depending on what they need the most practice with. These fish alphabet mats are so versatile for your classroom!

Another great way to differentiate would be to have the students use play dough to make little shapes to cover the letters. This gives them a fine motor and sensory option to help strengthen their fine motor muscles!

I can’t wait for your students to try this spring-themed match and cover activity! I think there will be a lot of fun learning happening in your classroom this spring as they practice their beginning sounds skills!

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