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Animal Beginning Sound Puzzles

Have your preschoolers and kindergarteners practice identifying initial sounds with these Animal Beginning Sound Puzzles!

Reading activities like this one are a fun, hands-on way for kids to work on pre-reading and beginning reading skills.

Puzzles for Kids

By doing puzzles, your children can learn about the concept of a ‘whole’ and that each piece is a fraction of the bigger picture.

It also helps them to work on skills such as problem solving, shape recognition, concentration, and so much more. 

Through the use of puzzles like this one, your young learners can also learn and practice literacy concepts like letter recognition and beginning sounds.

Beginning Sounds Activity

Why Do Kids Need To Learn Letter Sounds?

Teaching your pre-readers the sounds made by individual letters will help them to decode or sound out words.

They can figure out unknown words as they learn how to read and make the connection between words in print and spoken words.

Getting Ready To Use The Animal Beginning Sound Puzzles:

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What’s Included: 

  • 26 Animal Beginning Sound Puzzles

What Else Is Needed:

  • White Card Stock 
  • Laminator
  • Laminating Pouches
  • Scissors

To get this beginning sounds activity emailed to you, fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

Then, download and print the puzzles. I like to print my resources on white card stock, because the thicker paper is more durable. 

Initial Sounds Activity

Next, laminate the puzzles for extra durability and cut them apart.

You can store the puzzles pieces in a pencil pouch or box for an easy literacy activity. 

How To Use The Animal Beginning Sound Puzzles:

To begin this phonics activity, your kids will select a letter card. They will say the letter name and the sound that it makes.  

Next, your children will sort through the picture cards to find the an animal that begins with that sound.

Phonics Activity

When your preschoolers and kindergarteners find the letter, they will match the two pieces together. 

If your kids are just learning the letter sounds, start with just a few animal cards.

Reading Activities

Once your children have correctly put a few puzzles together, they can continue to make more matches until they have completed all twenty-six. 

Beginning Sounds Activity

These Animal Beginning Sound Puzzles will help your pre-readers practice identifying beginning sounds as they problem solve to put all the matches together.

More Beginning Sound Activities:

For more beginning sound activities for your morning tubs or literacy centers, grab these printable resources: 

Animal Beginning Sounds Clip Cards

Hammering Beginning Sounds Activity

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Beginning Sound Activity

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This bundle includes ten themed, interactive resources for September through June.

Click on the picture to see all of the activities included and learn more about this bundle!

Download the Animal Beginning Sound Puzzles:

Fill out the form below to get these free printable animal beginning sound puzzles. 


S. Fernandes

Saturday 28th of August 2021

We're planning a family trip to the zoo - this will be a great activity for my Kindergartner to work on afterwards! Thank-you for sharing!

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