Teaching kids to blend, or combine, sounds in order to pronounce new words is an important element to year two reading. Segmenting the sounds that make up a word, and then blending those sounds to pronounce them correctly, can be a tricky skill to master. This lesson helps take first graders through this process, with guided practise and helpful examples.
This lesson includes 5 printable learning activities
Blending Bumper Cars
How's a bumper car like a letter blend? Push letter sounds together to make a short word in this brief video.
Blending Sounds Photoshoot

Practise breaking apart words and blending them back together in this interactive phonics game! Kids must blend sounds together to find matching images hidden on screen. Perfect for early learners, this game allows kids to practise working with onsets and rimes, an essential skill for learning how to read.

Blending Sounds Spelling
The bridges are out, and it's almost time to school! Kids must listen to the sounds each letter makes, and blend them together to make common CVC words. This practise of breaking letters apart and blending them together helps early learners build the skills they need to become great readers.
Blending Ice Cream Attack
In this game that works on sight word recognition, students beat the heat with Officer Ice Cream by knocking down matching words.
Tutu's Blending Sounds Quiz
Listen closely—can you hear each sound in the word? Kids practise consonant and short vowel sounds in this phonics game. Early learners must listen closely, and identify an image for each short vowel CVC word that they hear. By practising blending, kids will strengthen reading skills and their ability to learn new words.

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