Syllable Activities to Develop Phonological Awareness

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These syllable activities help kids develop their phonological awareness. They make a great addition to Pre-K, Preschool and Kindergarten literacy centers.

The ability to identify syllables in multi-syllabic words is an important phonological awareness skill.
The following syllable activities include a variety of fun games and worksheets. The worksheets have three levels so it’s easy to differentiate learning.

Syllable Games

These games are awesome for teaching syllables. They are very hands-on and fun for kids!

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Sorting Games – Choose a picture and identify the number of syllables (e.g. clapping). Then place the picture onto a numbered paper plate or sorting mat.

Counting Games – Choose a picture and place it on a mat with five numbered boxes. Then use counters to count the number of syllables.

Puppet Games – Place some syllable picture cards in a pile. Choose a card and identify the number of syllables (e.g. clapping). Then the kids can feed the card to the puppet. They love doing this!

 

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If you’re interested in the resources shown above you can get the Syllable Games here.

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Syllable Worksheets

Begin by teaching kids to identify syllables in simple compound words like rainbow and popcorn. When they can do this, move onto words containing three or more syllables. The following worksheet activities come in three levels:
Level 1 – 1 to 2 syllable words
Level 2 – 1 to 3 syllable words
Level 3 – 1 to 4 syllable words (1 worksheet has up to 5 syllables)

Syllable Sort

In this activity, kids cut out the pictures and identify the number of syllables (e.g. by clapping). Then they paste the picture in the correct column.

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Syllable Count

In this activity, kids need to count the number of syllables (e.g. by clapping). Then they need to shade the number of syllables.

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Dot The Syllables

In this activity, kids need to look at the picture and identify the number of syllables. Then they dot the number of syllables using a bingo dauber or stamp.

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Syllable Assessment

The following assessment is simple to carry out. Show the child one flashcard at a time. Ask them to show you the number of syllables (e.g. by clapping them).

As you go along, mark their answers on the recording sheet.

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You can find out more about these Syllable Worksheets here.

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Space Syllables

Here is a free set of space syllables you may like. Grab your copy by clicking on the download button below.

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Happy Teaching! :)

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