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Magnetic Letter Phoneme Substitution Activity

Are you looking for a fun magnetic letter activity for your beginning readers? In this Magnetic Letter Phoneme Substitution Activity, your kids will work on identifying letter sounds and replacing the initial sound to make a new word.  


Magnetic Letter Phoneme Substitution Activity


Magnetic Letter Phoneme Substitution Activity:

Using magnetic letters is a way to turn a simple activity into an interactive one. If you are looking for a set to add to your classroom or homeschool, sometimes you can find them at the dollar store or dollar spot. Or, you can make your own magnetic letters. It’s easy to do! These letter manipulatives can be used in a lot of different activities to help your kids learn phonics skills such as phoneme substitution. 


Phoneme Substituting Activty


What Is Phoneme Substitution?

Phoneme Substitution is when you change a word into another word by replacing one of its phonemes or sounds. If you have the word “bat” and you change the initial /b/ sound to the /c/ sound, you made the word “cat.” You can also change medial and final sounds in a word. In the word “cat” and change the final sound /t/ to the /n/ sound to make the word “can.”


Getting Ready To Use The Magnetic Letter Phoneme Substitution Activity:

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What’s Included:

  • 3 Magnetic Letter Phoneme Substitution Mats


What Else Is Needed:

  • White Card Stock or Copy Paper
  • Magnetic Letters
  • Magnetic Board or Cookie Sheet 


To prepare this word work activity, click on the pencil below to automatically download and print the mats. I like to print my resources on white card stock, because it is more durable. But, you can use copy paper too.


How To Use The Magnetic Letter Phoneme Substitution Activity:

To use this magnetic letter activity, your kids will select a phoneme substitution mat and say the name of the first picture. They will then make the word using magnetic letters. 


Phoneme Substitution Activty


Next, your kids will say the name of the second picture. They will then identify the phoneme or sound that change in the word from the first picture to the second picture. All of the phoneme substitutions in this activity are the initial sounds. Finally, your kids will change the magnetic letter to make the second word. 


Magnetic Letter Activity


This interactive resource can be an independent activity for young children in any early childhood classroom or homeschool. If you are a classroom teacher, these mats can used for centers, morning tubs, or as an enrichment activity. For homeschoolers, try strewing this activity or include it in your morning basket.  


Phonics Activity for Beginning Readers


This Magnetic Letter Phoneme Substitution Activity is a fun, interactive resource for beginning readers to practice identifying letter sounds and substituting sounds. 



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Do you want to save this phoneme substitution activity for later? Pin this to your phonics board on Pinterest and it’ll be here for when you’re ready!


Magnetic Letter Phoneme Substitution Activity


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Download The Freebie:

Click on the pencil below to automatically download and print this free magnetic letter activity! 


Sunday 31st of January 2021

Thank you so much for this resource!