Kids love rainbows (and I do too!) so I couldn’t wait to create a set of colorful rainbow puzzles that would give new readers plenty of practice matching alphabet letters with their sounds. The beginning sound rainbows are perfect to use as a literacy center, guided reading activity… even a St. Patrick’s Day game!
To prep, I printed the download (below) on cardstock to give it extra durability and cut along the lines to separate the pieces.
Note: If you are playing the game in a classroom, you may also want to laminate the cards to add sturdiness.
Beginning Sound Rainbows
Middle Brother (age 4.5) is still learning letter sounds. Since I wanted to keep the activity motivating and developmentally appropriate, I grabbed four rainbow pairs to start with first: a, b, c and d.
I explained that we were going to match each letter with the beginning sound it makes. I held up the apple half and said the word slowly, accentuating the first sound, ” AAAA-pple.”
Then I asked Middle Brother what letter made the first sound in that word. He quickly grabbed the Aa and pushed together the pieces to make his rainbow.
We repeated the same steps for the remaining letters in our bunch: B is for bee, C is for car and D is for donut!
It took us a few days to work our way through the entire alphabet but he loved every round of play. The bright and colorful rainbow puzzles were a big hit!
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Rainbow in a Bag – No Mess Art // Powerful Mothering
Rainbow Letters Race to the Top // Stay at Home Educator
Color and Shape Match Up // Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Stack a Stone Rainbow // Adventures of Adam
Rainbow Pasta Threading // Play and Learn Everyday
Rainbow Tinker Tray // Still Playing School
How to Flip a Rainbow | Simple Science for Kids // Lemon Lime Adventures
Rainbow Sun Craft // Fairy Poppins
Rainbow Pencil Control Exercises // Sugar Aunts
Beginning Sound Rainbows // Playdough to Plato
DIY Rainbow Crayon Names // Pre-K Pages
Rainbow Puzzle Skip Counting // Creative Inclusion
Rainbow Bear Color Matching Game // Life Over Cs
Rainbow Marble Painting Process Art // Preschool Inspirations
DIY Paper Plate Loom: Rainbow Yarn Art // Sugar Spice and Glitter
Rainbow Sight Words // The Kindergarten Connection
Rainbow Math with a DIY Abacus // Fun-a-Day
Rainbow Fact Family Board Game // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Simple Rainbow Sensory Bottle for Kids // Coffee Cups and Crayons
Rainbow Paint Chip Color Match // Modern Preschool
Roll a Rainbow // The STEM Laboratory
(Not Shown) Rainbow Perler Bead Key Ring // Teach Me Mommy