Cupcakes Letter Sounds Sorting

This engaging beginning sounds cupcake matching activity will get EVERY student in class motivated to learn their sounds and letters. I find that my ESL / ELL students enjoy these kinds of hands-on activities. It’s great practice for them. There are two beginning sounds images for each letter of the alphabet along with a main full page mat.

FREE printable Cupcake theme ABC activity for kids to practice letter sounds! Sure to be a hit with pre-k and kindergarten kids any time of the year.

Print as many mats as you need for each group of students working on this. Laminate both the cards and the main mat. Cut the cards apart along with the mat. They will get the hang of this game fast!

Cupcake Stand Beginning Sounds Match

I like having two laminated mats and cards for each group of 7 or 8 students. ESL students will need more time in general to look and identify the letter before they can begin to look for the matching beginning sound picture (I find this eliminates frustration for all students working on this activity).

The mat and matching pieces are in colour. You can print these in greyscale or black and white. Although, you only have one mat and I’ve designed these to save paper and color by creating alphabet cards which can be placed on the sorting mat (interchangeable). Kids can work on each letter at a time, or you could print two mats and have them sort between two letters at a time.

The beginning sound pictures on the cupcakes are easy to identify, I’ve included a key to help with ESL kids. The students should be identifying the beginning sounds each picture makes to identify the letter associated with it and sort it into the stand. After they’ve completed this activity, you could get the students to place the alphabet cards in order from A-Z.

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.


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 comment:

  1. This is great! Thank you so much. This is a lifesaver during our quarantine.