Today I’m sharing a giant collection of beginning sound match mats! Get all 25 sets of picture mats and letter cards in one download. What a hands-on way to practice letters and sounds!
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If you’ve got a little one who’s working at learning letter sounds, this activity is for you!
I’ve created a total of 25 picture mats with matching letter cards. Each set builds on the previous one, so that as your child works through the entire set he will gain a strong foundation.
Free picture mats for learning letters and sounds
Here’s the first mat. It begins with just two letters: t and f. Your child will start simple by distinguishing between only two letter sounds.
With each mat, more letters are introduced until your child sees a maximum of five beginning sounds per mat. You’ll notice that each of the first letters listed on each mat have just one matching picture. That’s because these letters have already received attention on previous mats.
The final letter of a mat (in the above example, letter u) is new to that mat; it will always have three pictures.
3 ways to assemble the mats
1. To prepare each mat, simply print the colorful mat and letter cards on card stock. I like to laminate the mats and attach clear Velcro dots. This will take some time, but you will have a lasting resource perfect for review in the classroom, at home, or for private tutoring sessions. Plus, by punching holes in the mats and sticking them in a binder, you’ve got a great way to keep everything together.
2. Want to make the mats fun but less expensive than using Velcro dots? You can laminate the mats and cards and put a little sticky tack on the back of each picture card.
3. Need a “quick, I need these now” option? Just print the mats and cards on card stock. Cut apart the letter cards for each mat. Store them in a labeled plastic baggie and attach each bag to the proper mat with a paper clip.
Ways to use these mats
1. Your little one can do a few mats at a time at the kitchen table. If your child is just starting to learn letter sounds, make sure he’s proficient at the first mat before moving on. You may find your child breezes through the mats – or it may take several months before he’s ready for the last one.
Take it at your child’s pace.
2. These mats would work well for remedial work. If you’re a teacher, feel free to print a mat and its pieces to send home for review. Or give the materials to a reading tutor or parent volunteer to give a struggling student some extra practice.
Previously, I’ve shared the mats in groups of five – and each mat required a separate download.
Now I have all 25 mats in a single download! Yay!
Plus… page 2 of the download is a key with the names of all the pictures. How useful!
Get your free beginning sound mats!
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I just have to say you are amazing!! Thank you for your amazing resources to help homeschool moms!!
Thank you, Paula!
I noticed X- is for the Fox picture. I’ve seen this many times in other places. Why is X used for fox so often? and isn’t this confusing to the child when i’m teaching him what words “start” with X?
Just a curious question, from a homeschool mom.
The reason is because there are basically no words that start with x that make the traditional /ks/ sound, unless you count X-ray. For kids to learn x’s sound, we have to use it at the ends of words – so you will often find words like fox, box, six, etc. when teaching the sound of the letter x.
You’re welcome, Madrie!
These are so helpful. Thank you for sharing 🙂
You’re very welcome, Hannah!
I just wanted to say thank you thank you for great FREE printables. Its hard to find decent ones without paying. I am homeschooling my oldest and trying to find extra fun for her without having to pay fr printables
I’m so glad these are helpful for you, Angela! Thank you for taking the time to comment. 🙂
I use a lot of your resources for special education. I love them – thank you.
You’re very welcome, Fiona!
I just wanted to let you know that my kindergarten students love (and I mean LOVE) the rhyming sounds clip card activity. My principal came in to observe and he really liked seeing the children use them as a warm up for guided reading. I have just printed the vowel sound syllable counting clip cards and I’m so excited to introduce these to my students! Thank you so much for making these available for free, it is truly appreciated.
Karen in Canada
I’m so happy to hear that, Karen! Thank you so much for letting me know! 🙂
Your ideas are awesome! My kids will enjoy these. Thank you so much for sharing !
Your ideas are awesome! I am my kids are going to love them. Thank you so much for sharing them!
I love all your activities. I’m looking forward to using with my girls. Thanks for sharing!
You’re very welcome, Laura!
Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful activities. My kiddos absolutely love them and so do I. Have a Happy Easter!
I’m so glad to hear that, Karen! Thank you so much for your comment.
These are GREAT! Thanks so much!!
You’re very welcome, Kim!
Thank you so much for sharing these incredible resources!
You’re very welcome, Lisa!
Thank you so very much for all the wonderful printables. I love your site.
You’re very welcome, Lucette!
What a great printable! Anna, thanks a lot for your hard work! I like everything. It’s so wonderful to find all the mats in one download and page two is really helpful.
Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, Tatiana! It’s always nice to hear from you. 🙂
I’ve been visiting your site and using your printables for a while. Just wanted to say thank you for it all!!
You’re very welcome, Marla – thanks so much for introducing yourself. :)!
You’re welcome, Verna!
Thank you so much for all this resources. I’m using this resources for my two sons of preschool age and they have been enjoying it. Just finished cutting out the letters and discovered that there seems to be a little error for mat #21. There should be a ‘w’ for the ‘watering can’ but instead there was a ‘f’ instead.
Thanks again for the great website. Can’t wait to go through this activity with my boys tomorrow.
Thank you, Agnes, for the edit! I hope I’ve got these mats all correct now – you’re not the first to spot an error!
Your website has been an amazing resource! thanks so much!
You’re very welcome, Charlie!
Thank you for this great resource! I’m really looking forward to using these with my daughter.
I hope she enjoys them, Veronica!
I just printed this off a month or so ago and I finally got around to cutting it out. It seems to be missing an “m” for page 4 and an “e” and “x” for page 22. If someone already mentioned this sorry for the repeat. My daughter loves this activity. Thanks so much for all of your great learning resources.
Hello, Candice! I’m sorry about the errors, and thank you so much for pointing them out! I really appreciate that, and have fixed the document.
These mats look wonderful but how do you download them?
Just click on the word “HERE.” It says “Get the entire beginning sound collection HERE.”
Thank you so much for the wonderful gift of these resources. As usual, they are great!
You’re very welcome, Deborah!
Thank you so much for this helpful resource! Your knowledge and talent are much appreciated! 🙂 Perhaps it’s my fevered, unwell state of mind at the time, as the letter “v” on mat # 18 don’t seem to match the pictures correctly? Should it be a “j” instead? Sorry if I’m just having a duh moment. Feeling punk isn’t on the top of my list of priorities. 🙂
Great eye, Lori! Thanks for that little correction – I finally found some time to edit the pdf and reinsert the corrected file. I really appreciate the heads up!
You are so generous with the lovely resources you freely give ~ thank you!
You’re welcome, Liz!
I love that you follow the order of the Reading Mama. Your website, along with her program, have been invaluable to me! Thanks again!
You’re welcome, Rachel!
how can I print the pictures mat?
Just click on the word HERE, Erika, to download and print. if you have trouble downloading or printing, check out this post for tips:
Love you products. during these snowy days we have so much fun learning.
Thank you for sharing.
You’re welcome, Barbara. And I know what you mean! We do a lot more focused learning time when it’s below zero (today!) than in the bright summer months.
I love your products and your websites. I am an ESE Life Skills teacher. Your products really help my students gain knowledge and skills. Thank you !!
You’re very welcome, Rebecca!