Feed the Sharks ABC Beginning Sounds Activity

Pre-k and kindergarten kids will enjoy ‘feeding the sharks’ as they work on their beginning sounds with these fun mats. There is a poster with the key to each picture letter-sound so you can definitely differentiate this activity! Print the learning mats, laminate them and you’re set to go.

FREE printable initial letter sounds activity with a fun shark and fish theme! Perfect for pre-k and kinder kids who are learning beginning letter sounds.

To prepare:

Print as many mats as you need for the number of students in your class. Be sure to laminate the shark mats along with the fish letter cards. There are letters a-z fish cards and a random mix of beginning sound pictures on the shark mats but 24 picture sounds in total.

Beginning Sounds Activity – Feed the Sharks

Use these mats to help kids develop beginning sounds skills. Start by getting the kids to choose a random ‘fish letter card’. They identify the letter on the card and then look for a picture on the mat that starts with the same letter. They can also look for the key on the printable poster to help them identify the picture they are looking for.

For advanced play, have the kids do this without looking at the key. My ESL kiddos need to refer back to the key as they match their beginning sounds. I find that the second time around, they are able to do this more easily as they remember the name of the pictures on the mats!

This game can also be played in a group as a competition between two teams (or tables). Have the mats printed on large A3 poster paper and get the kids playing on these. Be sure to print the fish cards also on A3 paper (nice and large) for the little ones to match.

This post was contributed by:

Yara from Sea of Knowledge
Founder of Sea of Knowledge, an ESL teacher with a passion for making learning fun and engaging. She loves creating fun activities that children and learners can benefit from. You can also find me on: Facebook and Pinterest.

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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. In the sharks the i for ice cream and the q for queen are missing!!! Please fix soon so my students can enjoy this game.

    Thanks, Tracy

    1. Thank you for reaching out. We will have this fixed but it may take a few days. We will reply to this thread once done. Please feel free to email us at [email protected] with any other questions.

  2. I hate to be a pain- especially since you have awesome resources, but it seems that Ice cream and queen are still missing. It would mean a lot if you could fix it ! thank you,