Today I’m sharing a set of free ending sound games that are perfect for helping kids hear and identify the final sounds in words.
I have a lot of beginning sound activities on my site, but very few for helping kids identify ending sounds.
Let’s change that!
After all, ending sounds are important too — particularly when children begin to write words. After all, it’s pretty easy to write the beginning letter of a word. But to streeetch out the word and write a letter for every sound? Not as easy. Especially when our youngest writers get to the final sound. They’re tired!
This game follows the same format as my other Roll-a-games.
How to play
- Grab a game board, playing pieces, and a die.
- Take turns rolling the die. Look at the key at the top of the board.
- Move to the closest picture which ends with that letter (or letter pair).
- The first to get to the last space, wins!
My Five loves our Roll-a-games (see all of them on our Free Printables page), but he wasn’t as excited about this one. I’m not sure why except that identifying ending sounds takes a little more concentration than he’s used to having.
He did great, though!
After we played one game, I convinced him to play one more with me.
I was hoping he’d try the ending sounds game which features ending digraphs, but he wasn’t up for it. He was willing to watch me play, however.
So I rolled the die for both of us and moved around the board. Here and there he helped me identify the sound we were looking for after checking the key.
My just-turned-Five knows his letter sounds without any trouble, but he doesn’t have a solid knowledge of the common digraph sounds. So we’ll keep at it!
We hope you can use these!
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Anna thank you soooo much for all the resources! It is such a big effort from your part, your are a sunshine! =) I teach English as a second language.
I just wanted to mention that in the pdf free download file, in the directions, the word “dice” the letter “d” is missing.
Thanks again for all that you do!
Thanks, Carmen! I probably won’t get to this edit. Hopefully readers can fill in that “d” themselves. 🙂
Many thanks for this resource. I need an ending sounds game. The students love the games. I’ll use this in the coming school year. 2018.
You’re very welcome, Christine!
Thanks so much for your creativity and generosity. I teach Colombian kids who are learning at our English immersion school in Bogota. They often do not pronounce the ending sounds, do not hear them, so do not identify or spell them. These games are just what they need — so these stimulate me to enhance plans for next year.
You’re welcome, Glenda!
I am a dyslexia tutor and I LOVE using your games and activities with my younger students! I looked around your website, but I was wondering if you have a similar file of different board games that is for beginning sounds? It would be super helpful! Thank you for all that you do!
No, Olivia, I don’t have a set like this for beginning sounds yet, but it is on my to do list! Here are my other beginning sound activities: https://www.themeasuredmom.com/beginning-sounds-activities/
I just love what you share!!!! Says us time from re-inventing the wheel!
Oops! Typo with (save) not says!!!
Thank you so much, Judy – I’m so glad to save you some time!
Hi , Anna , you did a great work . you are really serving the humans .
Thank you, Rashid!
I cannot thank you enough for all your hard work! My son is a little too young right now, but I can’t wait to use all these things when he’s ready. I am tutoring a kindergartner right now and I always check your resources first, since I know they are all so high quality!
Thank you so much, Emily!
Thank you Anna for sharing your resources.
They are a great time saver.
Education is about sharing, working together and celebrating.
Thank you again.
You’re very welcome, Janet!