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Syllable Clip Cards

Are you looking hands-on phonics activity for your kids? These Syllable Clip Cards are a fun way for pre-readers to practice identifying the number of syllables in a words and develop their fine motor skills. 


Pre-Reading Skills


Syllable Clip Cards:

By squeezing clothespins open and attaching them to the cards, your kids will be developing their fine motor skills, finger muscle strength, and hand and eye coordination. All of these developmental skills are so important for pre-readers and pre-writers! Clip cards are a fun way to practice concepts such as letter recognition, beginning sounds, and syllables too. 


Counting Syllables


What are Syllables?

Syllables are that ways words are split into speech sounds. Every syllable have one or more vowel sounds. They can also have one or more consonant sounds before or after the vowel sound.


Learning syllables an important part in learn how to read, because it help kids decode or break the word into chunks. Breaking a word into syllables can also help children learn how to spell new words.


Getting Ready To Use The Syllable Clip Cards:

What’s Included:

  • 15 Animal Syllable Clip Cards


There are 5 clip cards 1, 2, and 3 syllables for a total of 15 cards.


What Else Is Needed:

  • White Card Stock or Copy Paper
  • Laminator and Laminating Pouches
  • Scissors or Paper Cutter
  • Clothespins 
  • Pencil Box or Pencil Pouch


To prepare this phonics activity, click on the button below to automatically download and print the printables for this activity. I like to print my resources on white card stock, because the thicker paper is more durable. But, you can use copy paper too.


Clip Cards


If you want your kids to be able to check their answers, mark a dot or put a sticker on the back of the card where the clothespin will be after they clip it. Next, laminate the cards so your kids can use them over and over and cut them apart. You can store the cards with some clothespins in a pencil box or pouch.


How To Use The Syllable Clip Cards:

To use this phonics activity, your kids will pick a clip card and say the name of the animal on it. They will then listen for the number of syllables in the word and clip a clothes pin on the number. 


If your kids pick the card with the picture of the horse on it, they will say the name of the picture, identify that it has two syllables, and place a clothespin on the number 2 on the card. 


Phonics Activity


This phonics activity can be used for literacy centers, small groups, morning tubs, or as an enrichment activity for early finishers in any early elementary classroom or homeschool. 


These Syllable Clip Cards are a fun, hands-on way for your pre-readers to practice identifying the number of syllables in a word and work on developing their fine motor skills!



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Syllable Clip Cards


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