We are in full back-to-school mode! So I have been working on freshening up some activities that we did last year, to use as beginning of the year review. This Free Blends Printable in an apple theme is the same activity that we did back in January with snowballs. I want to start the school year off on a happy note, so we’ll be reviewing for a week or two before we head into new skills.

These free blends printable sorting mats are a great way to start the school year! Good for review or introduction of blends to new readers.

Recommended Grade Level:

Materials for Beginning Blends Sorting Mats:

  • Paper
  • Laminating Materials
  • Paper Cutter
These free blends printable sorting mats are a great way to start the school year! Good for review or introduction of blends to new readers.

Print the word work pack on paper or card stock and laminate it desired. Cut out the cards and the blend apples.

I like to attach clear velcro dots to the back of my pictures so that it gives my daughter a clear idea of how many pictures are supposed to be matched to each card. One of the cards is different from the rest in that it only has 5 pictures due to the lack of clip art for that blend.

These FREE apple themed blends sorting mats are awesome!

To use:

Give the students 2-4 blend cards and the coordinating apple pictures. Have the students sort the apples onto the blend cards. I like to only use up to 4 blends at time so that the activity is not too overwhelming for new readers.

In the very beginning when we did this with the snowball theme, I started with only 2 very different blends, such as br- and fl-. This made it easy for my daughter to differentiate the sounds. This time, since we are only using it for review, I will be combining similar blends, such as, br- and dr-, to make her think a bit more.

You can put them all together in a zip top bag for easy storage and use.

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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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  1. Thank you. I love these. Our son learns using visuals and this is perfect for learning blends. Awesome clipart.

  2. What a great resource!
    We are working on blends here; these would be so helpful!

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