Syllable Cookie Jar Sort

When kids learn how to break words into syllables, they take a big step toward reading.  Your kids are sure to love learning syllables with these cookie jar picture sorts!

Free Cookie Jar Syllables

What are Syllables?

Put simply, syllables are parts of words that have a vowel sound. Cat has one syllable: /cat/. Elephant has three: /el/  /e/  /phant/. And helicopter has a whopping four syllables: /hel/  /i/  /cop/  /ter/!

Syllable Sorts

I began by printing the cookie jar and cookies on cardstock for added durability.  Then I cut along the outside edge of each piece to separate them.

Free Syllable Printables

When I was ready, I asked the kids to sit in a circle around the cookie jars.

We began by using “body beats” to identify the syllables in our names. For the first syllable, we placed our hands on our heads, for the second syllable we placed our hands on our elbows, and for the third syllable, we placed our hands on our shoulders.

Alternatively, you may like to clap the syllables or get the kids to tap the drums on the cookie jar mats with their fingers as they say each syllable.

Next, the kids took turns choosing a cookie. They used “body beats” to work out the number of syllables and placed the cookie on the corresponding jar.

Free Cookie Jar Syllables

At the end we reviewed by body beating the syllables in all of the pictures.

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  1. verna

    Thank you.

  2. Tina Cook

    Thank you looks like fun

  3. glenda schekman

    Thank you for yet more beautiful clip cards etc – such a bonus xx

    • Rosemary

      Thanks Glenda, I’m glad you like them 🙂

  4. Leigh Ann Gombac

    These look great thank you. For center work I put a sticker on the cookie jar then put a matching sticker on the back of the cookie so it would be self checking.

    • Rosemary

      Thanks, great idea with the sticker 🙂

  5. Jamie

    These are wonderful! Thank you for sharing!!!

    • Rosemary

      Thanks Jamie, I’m glad you like them. 🙂


    Good morning I click on the blue button but I don’t get the download.

  7. narden

    Thank you

  8. Kristine

    Thank you very much. The cards are pretty!

    • Ashley

      You are very welcome 🙂
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador



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