Digraph Snowball Cover

Activity for ages 5 to 7. 

It’s ‘SNOW’ much fun to practice digraphs!

This playful, hands-on activity is a great way to add some excitement to your literacy centers this winter! Scroll below to grab your freebie and then make sure to hop over and snag our digraph snowball puzzles for more reading fun.

Getting Ready

This activity was super quick and easy to prep!

I printed the snowball cover game mat and digraph picture cards on white cardstock.

Then, I laminated the game mats and digraph cards for durability. I wanted to use this activity year after year!

Next, I cut along the solid black lines to separate the digraph picture cards and placed the cards in a small plastic bag for easy storage.

Digraph Snowball Cover

This activity can be used in a small group, with partners, or as an independent activity but I used it with a small group first.

We’d been practicing digraph sounds, so this was a great activity for review.

To start, I wrote four digraph sounds on a dry erase board: ch, sh, th, and wh. We reviewed each sound.

Then, I laid out the game mats, put the digraph picture cards in a pile face down, and put out a pile of winter mini erasers.

Note: If you do not have mini erasers, you could also use cotton balls!

I asked a volunteer to select and flip over one card.

He chose the card with the chick on it. He said the word aloud…”chick.” I asked him what digraph he heard at the beginning of the word. He said… “Ch…chick.”

He placed a winter mini eraser on a snowball with a ‘ch’ on it.

I asked for another volunteer to select and flip over a card. She chose the card with the shell on it. She said the word out loud…”shell.” I again asked her what digraph she heard at the beginning of the word. She said…”Sh…shell.”

She placed a winter mini eraser on a snowball with a ‘sh’ on it.

The students took turns drawing cards, reading the picture out loud, and placing their winter mini erasers on the correct digraph snowball.

Once the students covered all the snowballs, the game was over. 

This activity was a great way to work on digraphs!

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8 Comments

  1. Katelyn

    I love this activity and so do my kids. However, we are struggling to figure out 2 of the cards. I am sure it is very obvious and I’m overthinking it!
    Anyways, can you tell me what the one with clock and the card with the student with the math problem are supposed to be?

    Thank you!

    Reply
    • Ashley

      Hi Katelyn,
      Great question. The clock is supposed to be “what.” The boy with the math problem is math, which the th digraph at the end.
      Hope that helps!
      Warmly,
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

      Reply
  2. Renee

    No matter what I do, I cannot get past the submitting page to download the files. I input my name and email and the pop cup just keeps loading and saying submitting, it never moves from that page. I have changed my settings on my browser to allow pop ups. This happens only with your website. Any advice?
    Thank you!

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    • Ashley

      Hi Renee,
      Thanks for reaching out. I’m so sorry you’re having trouble downloading. We never want that.
      You’ll want to be sure that you have the latest version of Adobe Other. If you’ve already allowed pop ups from our site, you can try clearing your cookies or trying to download using a different browser. You can also check out our troubleshooting video HERE for help.
      If you’re still having problems, email me at hello@playdoughtoplato.com
      Warmly,
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

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  3. trish

    When I try to print out the digraph snowball game, I get black squares around the snowballs and snow man on the mats. How can I fix this?

    Reply
    • Ashley

      Hi Trish,
      Thanks for reaching out. I’m sorry you’re having trouble printing. We never want that. You’ll want to make sure you have the most recent version of Adobe Reader Other. Also, I would try printing from a desktop computer rather than a wireless device if possible. I hope that helps!
      Warmly,
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

      Reply
  4. Heather

    I’m sorry but I too am having difficulty figuring out one of the pictures. What is the girl with the tray?
    I didn’t get the Math boy either.
    Thanks

    Reply
    • Ashley

      Hi Heather,
      The girl with the tray is lunch (-ch), and the boy is math (-th).
      Let me know if I can be of any further help!
      Warmly,
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

      Reply

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