Digraphs and blends tend to trip up new readers. Just when kids finally have their letter sounds down, out pop tricky letter combinations that change those sounds. Oy!

This digraph and blend chart is a helpful way for students to keep letter clusters straight once and for all. Grab your copy below and then hop over and snag our Editable Sight Word Games, too!

Digraphs vs. Blends

What’s the difference between digraphs and blends?

Digraphs are two letters that make just one sound. In fact, “di” literally means “two” and “graphs” means letters so when you put the two parts together you get a big hint at what the word means: TWO LETTERS that make one sound.

CH in the word “chair” and PH in the word “phone” are both examples of digraphs.

Blends, on the other hand, are two or more consonants that BLEND together but each sound can still be heard. For instance, the words “skirt” and “clock” start with the blends SK and CL.

Digraphs and Blends Chart

Since digraphs and blends can be tricky for kids to sound out on their own, it’s helpful for them to have a visual reminder handy to refer to while they’re reading and writing.

This digraphs and blends chart is a great resource for students to tuck into their writing folder or keep in their book box.

I included two versions: one in color…

And one in ink saving black and white.

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  1. Hi – glad that you are having a fantastic holiday with your family! 🙂 The digraph/blend chart looks terrific but won’t download – maybe it is my computer? Cheers,

    1. Hello Anne,

      I am happy to help. If you have the link, please make sure you have the most recent version of Adobe as all of our freebies required to work properly – it is free- and available here:


      2) Open your file finder and right click (or double click) on the file in your download folder.

      3) Choose OPEN WITH–> ADOBE READER.

      4) You may be prompted to choose Adobe Reader as your PDF reader in the future. To avoid problems in the future, click YES.


  2. Hi Malia, so glad you are enjoying your summer. I just want to thank you for the FREE resources!!! I’m working on organization this summer and boy is it a chore. Any suggestions on how to keep resources like this organized WITHOUT putting them in file folders!?

  3. Hi,
    I do not want to download the NG download software. I have read the reviews on this software and it can be invasive to the computer I am using. Is there an alternative to download/printing your “FREEBIES?”

    Thanks for your help with this.

    1. Hi Adele,
      I’m not sure of the NG software you mentioned, but you do not need it to download freebies from our site.
      You do want to be sure that you have the latest version of Adobe Other. You also need to be sure you’re allowing pop ups from our site – this will ensure the freebie pops up after you enter your name and email. You can also check out our troubleshooting video HERE for help.
      If you’re still having problems, email me at hello@www.playdoughtoplato.com
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

  4. Doesn’t download. Great resource but not helpful if it can’t be downloaded. Since many people here stating the same issue think the creator should find a better way to make it accessible

    1. Hi Al,
      I just checked to ensure that the download is working! When you click the blue “Download Here” button, a pop-up should open. You can try checking to make sure your browser isn’t blocking pop-ups from the site or try using a different browser. Let me know if you’re not able to get the chart!
      Sarah // Playdough to Plato Team

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