Looking for beginning sounds worksheets? Try these fun coloring pages!
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A year and a half ago, I created beginning sounds coloring pages for my Three, who was almost four years old. Since he loved to color and had a pretty good handle on beginning sounds, I thought he’d enjoy a set of alphabet coloring pages.
Now that little boy is my five-year-old. He’s far past beginning sounds and is reading books like this one as a kindergartner.
But he has a little brother. 🙂
So I updated the pages with funny face letters and better clip art. Plus, I added an uppercase set. We love them, and I hope you will too!
Our current Three (he’ll be four in a few months) doesn’t have the early reading skills his older siblings had at his age, but he does recognize all his letters and is pretty good at naming their sounds. He is happy to do one or two of these pages at a time.
When we do these coloring pages, he looks at the letter and says its sound. Then he names each picture. “Snake. /s/, /s/, snake. No, that doesn’t say uh. Underwear. /u/, /u/, underwear. Yes!”
Let me give my standard disclaimer and say that I don’t think you should make worksheets the main part of your instruction with young kids. I suggest using these pages after your child has mastered beginning sounds, or do them alongside your child as you talk about the beginning sounds together.
This is what my original set looked like. When my older son did these as a young preschooler, he wanted to color all the pictures. I didn’t expect him to do the pages any certain way as he was so young. But when he was close to four, I told him he needed to first color the pictures that began with a certain sound. Then he could color the rest of the pictures if he wanted.
So do you like the simple old version or the goofy face letters? You’re still welcome to download the old version in lowercase. The new version is available in both upper and lowercase.
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