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Dog Beginning Sounds Activity

If you are looking for fun phonics resources for your kids, this Dog Beginning Sounds Activity is “paws-itively” the best!

Reading activities like this one are great for preschool and kindergarten-aged children who are just learning letters and sounds.

And what kid doesn’t love dogs? So not only is this activity educational, it’s also super fun!

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It’s important for children to learn the sounds that the letters make before learning how to read for a few reasons.

First, it helps them to understand that words are made up of smaller units called phonemes.

Second, it gives them the ability to begin “sounding out” words, which is a key strategy for beginning readers.

Finally, it helps to build their phonemic awareness, which is the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate individual sounds in spoken words.

All of these skills are essential for beginning readers, so it’s important to give kids a solid foundation in letter sounds before they learn how to read.

Getting Ready to Use the Dog Sound Sorting Activity:

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What’s Included:

  • 26 Dog Letter Cards
  • 26 Doghouse Picture Cards

What Else Is Needed:

  • White Card Stock
  • Scissors
  • Laminator
  • Laminating Sheets

To get this phonics activity ready for your kids to use, fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

Next, download and print the dogs and doghouses on white card stock.

You may want to laminate the sheets before cutting the dogs and doghouses out.

beginning sounds sorting activity

You can store the pieces in a small bag or box for a literacy activity that is easy to set up or take on the go.

How to Use the Dog Letter Sound Matching Activity:

For this letter and sounds activity, your beginning readers will select a dog and identify the capital and lowercase letters on it.

letter sound match

They will then say the sound or sounds that the letters make. 

Next, they will sort through the doghouse to find one that has a picture that begins with that sound.

beginning sounds activity

If your preschoolers and kindergarteners are just starting to learn the letter sounds, start with just a few letters and pictures.

When they learn those letters and sounds, you can add more cards every time they do the activity.

Initial sounds activity

Your kids will continue to sort and match the letters and pictures until they have matched them all.

Phonics Activity

This free printable Dog Beginning Sounds Activity is a fun way for young learners to practice identifying initial sounds. 

More Animal Activities for Kids:

If you are looking for more animal-themed activities, here are some of our favorite books and activities for young learners!

Animal Books for Kids:

Share these books with your children to teach them all about different animals including dogs.

The Fascinating Animal Book for Kids: 500 Wild Facts! by Ginjer Clarke

The Animal Book: A Visual Encyclopedia of Life on Earth by David Burnie

National Geographic Kids Everything Dogs by Becky Baines

Animal Literacy Activities for Kids:

With these themed activities, your students can practice letter recognition, beginning sounds, and much more.

Animal Beginning Sound Puzzles

Puppy Dog Cutting Practice Sheet from 3 Boys and a Dog

Puppy Sight Word Activity

D is for Doghouse Craft from Crystal and Comp

Animal Beginning Sounds Clip Cards

You May Also Like This Beginning Sounds Sorting Bundle:

These Beginning Sounds Sort Activities are a fun hands-on way for your kids to practice identifying letter sounds at the beginning of a word.

This year of themed letter sound sorting resources are perfect for literacy centers, morning tubs, or as an enrichment for early finishers.

Click on the picture to see the variety of sound sorting activities included in this bundle!

Download the Dog Initial Sounds Activity:

To get this free printable initial sounds activity, fill out the form with your name and email address.


Friday 3rd of March 2023

thank you

Tammy McDonald

Saturday 13th of August 2022



Wednesday 10th of August 2022

Great site and they have a lot of fun activities.

Carre Klein

Friday 5th of August 2022

Looks fun!


Friday 29th of July 2022

These are so cute!!!

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