If you’re teaching kids about diphthong (two letters that make one sound like OI in the word “coin”), these free clip cards are a must-try literacy center or word work station.

They’re easy to prep and fun to play!  For more word work, check out our Editable Word Work Games in our shop!

Getting Ready

To prep the diphthong clip cards, I simply printed the cards on cardstock to give them extra durability and cut them apart.

I wanted the kids to be able to self-check their answers, so I flipped the cards over and drew a dot in the correct clipping spot so kids could easily see if the pins were in the right place later.

Note: If you’ll be using the cards in a classroom, you may want to laminate them.

Diphthong Clip Cards

To begin, I placed the clip cards in the center of the table along with a small basket of clothespins.

I explained to the kids that some diphthongs like “oi” are often found in the middle of words while other diphthongs like “oy” are often found at the end of words.

I took out the diphthong clip cards.  I grabbed the top card in the stack and pointed to the picture. “This is a paw,” I explained. “I hear the /o/ sound at the end of the word. What diphthong makes the /o/ sound?”

I pointed to each of the three choices, read them out loud and had the kids repeat after me:




With a show of hands, the kids unanimously picked choice #3: AW. We clipped the card and grabbed the next one in the pile.

After completing a few more examples as a group, I placed the cards and clothespins at a table so students could work on it independently.

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    1. Hi Kayla,
      Thanks for reaching out. I’m sorry you’re having problems downloading – we never want that!
      Please check out our troubleshooting video HERE for help.
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

    2. I have tried downloading it 5 times and it doesn’t work for me either. 🙁

      1. Hi Theresa,
        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 clip cards!
        Sarah // Playdough to Plato Team

  1. I do not see the blue download button for the diphthong cards. I have watched the troubleshooting video. I don’t have any emails in my inbox other than the welcome video. Any help is appreciated!

    1. Hi Carrie,
      You should be able to find the blue download button under the Clipping Diphthongs heading, under the blends and digraphs images.
      You can email me at hello@www.playdoughtoplato.com if you need further assistance.
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

  2. Just FYI… The word “diphthong” is misspelled in this resource. Also, the pronunciation is /DIF thong/.

    1. Hi Sunnie!
      Eeps! Thanks so much for pointing that out. We will get it fixed ASAP!
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

      1. You are very welcome!
        Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

    1. You are very welcome, Daksha!
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

  3. Every time I click on the blue download button and enter my name and email it says leader page not found? I tried it 3 times~ HELP?

  4. Tried to get downloads but it said page not found.

  5. Thank you so much for all you do! Lots a great resources!

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