If you’re looking for a motivating, visual way to teach kids how to read and write blends like BL-, FR- and SM-, you’ll love these free ice cream puzzles. They’re great to use as literacy centers, guided reading activities or homeschool practice. You’ll love the low prep set up and kids will love the sweet theme: ice cream!

Grab your set below and then hop over and join The Reading Roadmap waitlist so you can get everything you need to give students bigger, faster reading results.

Getting Ready

To prep, I simply printed the ice cream puzzles (below) on cardstock to give them extra durability and cut along the dotted lines to separate the pieces. If you’ll be using them in the classroom, you could laminate them to make the cards even sturdier.

I placed all of the ice cream cones in a stack face down on the table and then spread out the ice cream scoops face up around it.

Ice Cream Blend Puzzles

When I was ready, I showed the first child a blend ice-cream cone and asked her to sound it out. She sounded out the letters slowly at first and then pushed them together, “/s/  /l/  /sl/”.

Then, she looked at the ice cream cones to find a picture that started with /sl/.

“Plane? No. Slide? YES!”

Free blends puzzles. These would be a fun literacy center, guided reading activity or homeschool game.

I recommend starting with one set of blends such as the R blends to begin with and then adding on the other blends when kids are ready. I included a full set of L blends and R blends plus some bonus cards for W and C/K blends.

FREE Ice Cream Blends Puzzles. Such a fun blends activity for kids!

You can use the full set as a revision activity.

Blends Memory

For extra practice, kids can play a round of Memory by mixing up several sets of cards and flipping the pieces over face down on a table. The first player picks up two cards and, if they match, keeps them. If the cards aren’t a pair, she turns them back over in the same spot. Then, the next player tries his luck at finding a match.

The player with the most pairs when all cards have been claimed wins the game.

Blends Sort

The ice cream blend puzzles are also great to use for sorting! Children lay out the three category cards on the table: L blends, R blends and W blends.

Picking up one ice cream cone at a time, kids say the name of the picture out loud and place it in the correct pile. Plane would go in the L blend pile, grass would be placed in the R blend stack, etc. Any rule breaker words that don’t fit into one of those categories would go in an oddball pile off to the side.

Reading and sorting continues until all cards had been sorted.

Ready to Play?!

Grab your free copy of the ice cream blend puzzles by clicking the blue button below.  Then, hop over and join The Reading Roadmap waitlist so you can get everything you need to give students bigger, faster reading results.


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  1. This is so cute! And great practice! I might even have my high fliers write the words on a recording sheet!

    1. Thank you for ALWAYS sharing good quality developmental appropriate activiews!

      1. YAY so glad you are enjoying the activities!

        Kaylee // Playdough to Plato Team

    1. Hooray!
      I hope you enjoy this sweet activity.

    2. Hooray!
      I hope you enjoy this sweet activity.

  2. I love your website!!!! thank you for sharing!!

    1. Thanks, Kristie, I hope you find amazing activities for your classroom.

  3. I love your Site!!! You have so many cute learning activities. I appreciate you sharing all your ideas. You are awesome! Thank you,

    1. So glad you are enjoying the activity!
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

  4. I LOVE receiving your freebies via email. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. You are most welcome, Elyse!
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

  5. Hi! I’ve tried a heap of times to download these ice-cream blends puzzles using the blue download key but no matter what or how I try nothing works?? Is there another way to download this activity? Thanks 😉

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