Spring Flower Phoneme Segmentation Mats

These flower phoneme segmentation mats will provide lots of hands-on practice with blending and segmenting phonemes this spring.

Flower phoneme segmentation activity for hands-on practice with phonics and phonemic awareness this spring.

About Segmenting and Blending Sounds

One of the first foundational skills of learning to read is to segment and blend sounds in words. This involves putting together and taking apart individual sounds in a word. These flower segmentation mats are a fun and interactive way to practice important phonological awareness skills. They are great for kindergarten and first grade.

Add them to your literacy centers or phonics centers to give kids a new way to practice segmenting words with 3 and 4 individual sounds. Afterward, students can slide their fingers under each bee or flower and blend the sounds back together.

You can also add the optional recording sheet for practice with word mapping as well.

This blend and segment activity is a great way to build phonemic awareness during centers or small group instruction this spring.

Free printable blend and segment phoneme mats for developing phonemic awareness and phonics skills.

A Simple Spring Phonemic Awareness Activity

It doesn’t take very long to prep this resource. Just print the mats and picture cards, cut them apart, and laminate them.

Store them easily in the pockets or a mesh zipper pouch to grab them quickly when needed. They also fit into plastic photo boxes if you have those, making storage super simple.

A flower theme phonemic awareness activity for practice with blending and segmenting phonemes.

How to Set Up the Phoneme Segmentation Cards

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Supplies Needed:

  • Flower Phoneme Segmentation Mats (button at bottom of the post to get them)
  • Laminating materials
  • Scissors

That is all! There are no added materials needed for this activity.


  1. Print the phoneme segmentation mats and word cards.
  2. Laminate, if you would like.
  3. Cut the mats and word cards apart.
  4. Store the mats and word cards in a mesh bag or another task card storage option.

Laminate for durability, if you want to reuse them.

A flower theme phonemic awareness activity for kindergarten and first grade.

How to Use the Flower Phoneme Segmentation Cards

Once you have prepped the materials, students will place a word card in the box on their card. Then, they will determine what the word is.

Next, they will segment the sounds in the word by touching a flower or bee. As they do this, they will say the corresponding sound. Afterward, they can run their finger below each dot to blend the sounds back together to make the word.

A hands-on blending and segmenting activity that gives students practice with tapping sounds and word mapping.

As students repeat this activity, they will get more comfortable with tapping the sounds as they segment and blend.

The cards have words pictured that are either 3 or 4 sounds. Many of the words with 3 sounds are CVC words, CVCe words, or words with digraphs, and many of the words with 4 sounds are words with beginning or ending blends.

For example, the card with a ham on it is placed on the mat with 3 dots. The student touches the first dot and says the beginning sound in the word, then they touch the second dot and say the middle sound, and finally, they touch the third dot and say the third and final sound in the word.

Practice phoneme segmentation with a hands-on phonemic awareness activity for kids.

Here’s how that looks:

  • Touch the first bee and say the /h/ sound.
  • Touch the second bee and say the /a/ sound.
  • Touch the third bee and say the /m/ sound.

For mats with 4 sounds, here is an example using the word cloud :

  • Touch the first flower and say the /c/ sound.
  • Touch the second flower and say the /l/ sound.
  • Touch the third flower and say the /ou/ sound.
  • Touch the fourth flower and say the /d/ sound.
Phoneme blend and segment mats for kids to practice mapping phonemes.

Differentiation Ideas

You can choose whether to have your students work on words with 3 sounds, 4 sounds, or both.

If they are just beginning to learn phoneme segmentation, you can assign fewer word cards to complete until they are more confident in their skills. Students rocking their phonemic awareness skills can do more word cards simultaneously.

The mats can be used in small groups with teacher guidance or independently in literacy centers.

You can also add the recording sheet for practice with word mapping as well.

Flower phoneme segmentation activity for developing phonological awareness.

There are many ways to use these flower phoneme segmentation cards, so you can change them up and use them in a way that works best for your students.

This phonemic awareness activity will greatly help you and your students! It will engage them in hands-on learning with segmenting and blending this spring! Enjoy!

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