Free Blends Cards and Dice

Sep 1, 2015

Activity for ages 5 to 8.

If you’re looking for a visual way to teach blends like CR-, GL- and SK-, you’ll love these free blends cards and dice. The charts are great for use as flashcards or class posters and the dice provide an engaging way for children to think of words that begin with each blend.

Grab your set below and then hop over and snag our Blends Activity Pack too!

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Blends Posters

I printed the blends posters on cardstock to give them extra durability. Then I cut them apart and laminated them.

When introducing blends to the children, say the individual sounds of each letter and then the sound they make when they go together. I usually work with R blends, then move onto L blends and S blends at another time.

BlendsPosters2Focusing on one poster at a time, name each blend and brainstorm a list of words that start with that blend. For example, when talking about GR, the children in my class came up with words such as “green, grill, grapes, grasshopper, greedy and grass”. It’s helpful to write each blend in the middle of a blank sheet of paper and then draw a picture next to each word to help jog kids’ memories.

{I’ve included a word list as a starting point, but children are often fantastic at coming up with words on their own!}

After I’ve introduced a blend, I hang it up the poster made with the children’s ideas and use the printed posters as flashcards to help the children recall the sound.

Blends Dice

The dice help motivate children to recall the blends sounds. I made my dice with paper but cardstock works well too. I cut along the outside edge of each dice and glued the tabs together to make a cube.


The dice are a great way of helping children orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds.

I have found the dice helpful for small group work. Once sitting in a circle, the children simply rolled the dice and thought of a word that started with that sound. When one student rolled CL, she named, “cloud”. When another child rolled SL, he said, “slide”.

They continued rolling and naming words for several minutes. Later on, the children rolled the dice and drew a picture of something that began with that sound.

Grab Your Copy

Download your free copy of the digraph posters and dice below by clicking the blue download button and then hop over and grab our Blends Activity Pack too!

Playful blends activities for kids! So many fun ways to learn the most common blends including CL-, FR- and ST-.

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  1. adjani

    I really liked the activity of Blends Cards and Dice, however, it cannot be downloaded which is a shame because I really wanted to use it with my kiddos in my next class 🙁

    • Ashley

      Hi Adjani,
      Thanks for reaching out, please check out our troubleshooting video HERE for help.
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

  2. rebecca okelley

    Hello Adjani,
    I love the blend cards but there is a typo. On the example word list blender is listed as an example on the grouping of br words.
    Thank you. I look forward to displayeing these. The art is very eye-catching

    • Ashley

      Hi Rebecca,
      Thank you for alerting us to the typo on the example word list.
      I’m so glad you like the posters! I hope your students do as well!
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador



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