Try making beginning sound stones today! They are a versatile early literacy learning tool and so fun to use. Kids will love matching up the pictures on the beginning sound stones to the letter outlines and get a great sense of satisfaction when they see their completed work. This hands-on approach to learning beginning sounds will definitely be a hit in your classroom or home!
This is one of those activities that my boys were drawn to right away! We have already done a few stone matching games, so they understood the point of the activity without any explanation. They just dove right in to the invitation to learn!
If you are curious how to make the beginning sound stones, I give all the instructions in Four Ways to Use Story Stones in the Classroom. You will not regret making a set! You can use them in so many ways and my kids have even made up a few games of their own:)
Here’s what you’ll need to play this game:
- Roll of Paper
- Stones- We collect ours from the lake. If you don’t have a spot in nature to collect stones, I recommend purchasing from the Dollar Store or craft store. You can also use round wood slices if you don’t want to use stones.
- Beginning sound stones
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Here’s What We Did:
Make your beginning sound stones. Again, I share how to make these in Four Ways to Use Story Stones in the Classroom. Once they are made, place them in a bowl. You can choose to work on just vowels, consonants, or certain sounds you are working on. I randomly chose about half the beginning sound stones because I didn’t want this to be too overwhelming with 26 stones in the bowl. I will definitely add more stones as the week goes on.
Organize your beginning sound stones on the paper. Then trace around the stones and write the beginning sounds inside the outline. Make sure you write the letters as you take the stones off so you don’t forget the correct placement of the stones! The unique size and shape of each stones will help kids self-correct their work.
Now invite kids to match the pictures to the correct beginning sound! Easy as that.
It never fails, my kids love looking at the colorful pictures on these stones! The bright colors look so neat against the neutral stones, really making the pictures stand out.
This was a fun variation from the Say It, Find It, Make It, Write It mats that we usually use with these stones! We will definitely try it again soon.
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I hope you give this activity a try! I promise, your little nature lovers will love it as much as my boys.