Beginning Letter Sounds: Free Matching Cards

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I like to come up with hands-on activities to practice the alphabet and letter sounds. I have a wooden alphabet puzzle with movable letters that are great to use for many activities, so I created these beginning letter sound cards to be used with any "movable alphabet". However, there are several different ways to use these cards.

FREE activity for preschoolers and kindergarten for practicing the alphabet and beginning letter sounds.

This free printable can be used to practice letter sounds in several different ways:

  • as shown in the image using movable letters (letter tiles, magnetic letters, alphabet puzzle pieces, etc.)
  • picture & letter cards matching (letter cards are included in the file)
  • as worksheets where the child writes the letter next to each picture

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Viviana is a blogging mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a kindergartner, sharing ideas and resources for early education. She specializes in unique, hands-on printable activities that are educational, fun and inspire creativity in young minds.


  1. Please don't use a xylophone for the /x/ sound. No word in the English language starts with the /x/ sound; they only end with it!!!! Please use a picture of a fox, box or even a spoon in a bowl showing "mix".

    1. You're right. Thanks for pointing that out! I will make that change soon.

    2. I did not see any card for the letter A. ???

    3. Hi Vanessa, the alligator is for letter A. The cards are not in order in case you would like to use the sheets as-is, rather than cut each card out.

  2. Thank you! Great classroom tool.

  3. Please don't use blends as beginning sounds. The picture of elephant is hard for the letter "e" because when the child pronounces elephant it sounds as if he/she is saying the letter "L".
    Just my thoughts.

  4. Fantastic! Thanks for sharing. Ignore the nitpicker. Lol