Free Printable Snowman Beginning Sounds Mats
As students begin to learn more about letter recognition with lowercase letters and uppercase letters, it is essential that they practice the sounds associated with these letters. This snowman alphabet activity is perfect for working on those initial sounds.
These winter beginning sounds letter mats give students a hands-on, fun way to practice recognizing and isolating beginning sounds. They will develop critical phonemic awareness skills as they match the correct letter to the picture that starts with that beginning sound.
These alphabet mats can be used in a variety of instructional settings. They can be used for independent work, small groups, literacy centers, early finishers, morning work, or as a form of assessment.
This letter-matching snowman activity is excellent for preschool, kindergarten, and first-grade students. Keep reading for more ideas you can use to differentiate and meet the various learning needs of your students! Kids love snowmen, and you will love these educational letter mats!
No Complicated Prep!
These winter-themed beginning sounds mats do not require complicated or time-consuming prep! The steps are quick and easy.
Simply print, laminate, and go! Instead of laminating, you can also slide the mats into a write-and-wipe pocket for added durability.
There are three different beginning sound mats with nine pictures each. All 26 letters of the alphabet are present.
These mats come in color AND black and white. Therefore, you can use them even if you don’t have access to color printing or are limited on your colored copies. You can even print black and white mats and let your students color them. This incorporates a little extra fine motor practice and adds fun to the learning!
All you need for this activity are a set of letter tiles, magnetic letters, letter beads, or any other alphabet manipulative you have.
For easy storage, put the beginning sound mats in a large baggie, file folder, or storage tray for easy grab-and-go access. When you are done with the mats for the season, simply store them with your seasonal activities. Now you can use them every winter.
Setting Up the Snowman Beginning Sounds Mats
- Snowman beginning sounds matching mats (button to access them at the bottom of the post)
- Letter tiles or another letter manipulative
- Write and wipe pockets (optional)
- Print the snowman beginning sound picture card mats.
- Laminate or slide into write and wipe pockets.
- Gather letter tiles or letter manipulative of your choice.
- Store the entire activity in a large baggie, file folder, or storage tray.
Using the Beginning Sounds Snowman Mats
For this activity, students will look at a picture on the mats. They will then isolate the beginning sound of the word and determine what letter makes that sound.
Next, they will take the correct letter manipulative and cover the picture with the manipulative, matching the letter and beginning sound.
Students can take these snowman letter sounds mats a step further by saying the word aloud, stating the beginning sound, and which letter makes that sound.
For students ready for a challenge, have them say a sentence using that word. If they are working in partners, they can take turns telling each other.
You could even provide students with a recording sheet and have them write both the uppercase letter and lowercase letter represented by each beginning sound.
Teachers could use the winter letter mats as a tic-tac-toe game. Students could play in partners with different colored letter manipulatives and work to get 3 in a row for tic-tac-toe.
Differentiated Snowman Beginning Sounds Matching Activities
There are a variety of ways that these snowman matching mats can be differentiated to meet the needs of your students.
Since there are three different mats, you can start by having your students complete only one mat. As their skills progress, they can work their way up to completing 2 mats and then all 3 mats!
A fun way to engage your students is to turn all 3 mats face-down. Have them draw a mat to complete. This is a fun game for them!
Another way to use this activity is to have the students draw a letter manipulative and find the picture from the 3 mats that begins with that sound. Simply switching up the way students match the letters and sounds works their brains differently. They will use their phonics and problem-solving skills as they search from the pictures to find the match.
Students could use these matching mats with partners as well. They could take turns matching letters and pictures or work together to complete the mat. This helps them work cooperatively and allows them to encourage and coach each other along the way.
I hope these winter alphabet activity mats are just what you need to engage your students and help them master their beginning sounds.
The pictures used on these winter alphabet mats are kid-friendly and fun! Grab these free mats for the holidays, a winter theme, or a snow study!
Click the button below to get the Snowman Beginning Sounds Matching Mats! Happy Winter!