Activity for ages 4 to 6.
“Rain, Rain, Go Away…” Are you having some rainy days this spring, too?
Even if you aren’t, this raindrop beginning sound match is a great alphabet activity to add to your spring literacy centers!
It’s a great way for Pre-K and Kindergarten students to work on matching beginning sounds with their letters in a fun, hands-on way.
We love easy-prep centers, so this one is a hit for students AND teachers!
To prep the game, I simply printed out the umbrellas and raindrops on cardstock and laminated them to keep them sturdy and reusable.
Then, I cut out the 26 a-z umbrellas and the 26 a-z picture raindrops to get our matching game all set.
You can choose to play with all 26 letters at once, or you can use just a few at a time depending on the needs and levels of your students.
Since we were going to play this as a review in my class, I showed my students how to match up the raindrops to their umbrellas, and I decided to have all 26 letters in play at once.
Raindrop Beginning Sound Match
First, we lined up the umbrellas from a-z in one long line. This is great for practice with alphabetical order!
Then, we took turns pulling a raindrop and saying the picture name:
“Donut…./d/…donut – it starts with d!”
Once we knew the sound, we found the raindrop’s matching umbrella in the line and paired them up!
We kept pulling raindrops and matching them to their umbrellas until all 26 letters had been paired.
Tip: You could easily make this game self-correcting by writing the correct letter of the alphabet on the back of each raindrop. Kids can match up the raindrops, and then turn them over to see if they were correct!
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