Sunday, December 12, 2021

Christmas Blends Activities for First Grade - 5 Fun Ways to Practice!

Christmas Blends Activities for First Grade! I am excited to show you 5 fun ways to practice. Puzzles to match pictures and their beginning blends sounds, cute little readers to practice reading stories with each phonics skill, and fun worksheets that are differentiated!

If you know my resources, you know I have A TON of blends activities. They are always a favorite so I made some Christmas versions! :)

Christmas blends puzzles for kindergarten to cut out and practice initial sounds with fun December words


Cut these cute Christmas blends puzzles out and they're an instant reading center or small group activity!

Kids simply match the Christmas word to the beginning sound they hear.

Christmas blends puzzles for reading practice where kids simply match the beginning sound to the picture of the word. Easy and fun literacy center for kindergarten or first grade!


If you want them to record their answers, there is a little worksheet they can write the beginning blend in the box next to the picture.

I think it's nice to have a recording sheet for centers so you can quickly check their answers later. I also feel as though it helps solidify the practice for kids when they practice writing each blend by writing it next to each picture. It's almost as if they're doing the center twice because they match then record and any time you can have reading repetition without it feeling repetitive, that is a win!

First Grade Christmas Blends Activities - cute puzzles where kids match the picture to the initial sound they hear in the word which is great for building phonological awareness in kindergarten and first grade students

Simple, easy, fun! 

You can grab these puzzles here if you want them:


Speaking of simple, easy, and fun, you know I love cut and paste worksheets! 

If you use my Phonics No Prep Packs for teaching each sound, then you'll recognize this format. I made a Christmas Blends worksheet version of these worksheets! :)

Christmas Beginning Blends Worksheets


Kids simply match each Christmas themed picture to its beginning blend. I also made a word support version. 

Christmas Blends Worksheets with Words Support


I personally prefer no words the majority of the time but the word support versions are super helpful for:
a) differentiating, and
b) if you send these home at all

If you send a page like this for kids to do at home, it's nice to send the version with words. It's really helpful for an adult who may be helping them and not hearing blends words all day so they aren't immediately recognizing them. 

All kids do is cut out the pictures.......

Christmas Blends Activities for First Grade



then place them under the blend they hear! 

Christmas phonics worksheets

For any cut and paste activity, I highly recommend teaching kids to place all their pieces first. THEN, glue. Tell them not to glue until they put all their pieces where they want and check their work. :) I highly un-recommend allowing them to glue as they work. Arranging and then checking also teaches them great skills such as checking their own work and process of elimination.

If you have students who struggle with blends, I included a beginning sounds version with single letter sounds. The format is identical so you can differentiate easily without it being obvious. :)

Christmas Beginning Sounds and Blends worksheets with words support under each picture

You can grab both the blends AND alphabet letter sounds version of this worksheet for only $1! :) 


Now that you've done centers and worksheets.... let's read words with blends!

Christmas R S and L Blends Books


I wrote these 3 little blends readers - one for each blend! 

Santa Wants to Ice Skate focuses on words with S blends!

S Blends Christmas Book Reading Practice

I absolutely LOVE writing phonics readers. It's like a puzzle for me (and I love puzzles!) because I try to stuff as many words with that phonics sound into the sentences as possible. That can be hard to do while still making it be a cute story, but I was so happy with how these turned out!

If you look at these pages, it uses small, skates, skate, small, smiles on one page & skates, small, stop, sledding, steep on the other page. That is SO many S blends words in a short amount of reading. Because some of the words repeat, that really helps with their confidence and fluency too! I also make an effort to make the rest of the words very easily read words. I dislike when readers have hard sight words kids don't know yet in between the phonics sound they're practicing so I try to avoid that and use only easier sight words and words that can be sound out easily. It is a little hard to do with blends especially but I wanted to emphasize how much I do value that and look for that in readers.

(P.S. Speaking of sight words, if you've never seen my Sight Words Sentences cards, they are my favorite way to introduce sight words!)


Reindeer Class practices words with L blends!

Reindeer reading comprehension book L blends

This one was my favorite to write! I love the little reindeers. :)


We Prepare for Christmas practices words with R blends!

Christmas R blends reading comprehension


Anyway! I was so excited to show you all these 3 books. I always wanted to be an author so it makes me sort of feel like I am to get to write these. :)

Christmas readers for first grade phonics


I have more Christmas books than this! 

For example, Santa's House is a cute one that gives a peek inside Santa's house!

I would recommend these readers for 1st grade in December or easy 2nd grade reading. It'll be a little easy for some of your class in 2nd grade but I think they would still really enjoy reading them. Loving reading is the best part of reading in my opinion! :) I wrote them for 1st grade but you could also read them to your kindergarten students or send them home to be read with their families.

All of these books come in black and white too! So kids can color them and make them their own. Perfect for sending home! 

If you want to see a picture of a black and white version of a book, let me know! :)

I also have Winter Long Vowel Books if you're also reviewing long vowel sounds during this time of year (or after winter break). I also have non-phonics winter books at around a 1st grade level as well that are simply cute stories that take place in winter. Polar bears and penguins are so fun to use in stories and kids love them!


I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my Christmas blends activities for first grade! These can be used in kindergarten and 2nd grade as well and I also have a ton of other Christmas resources if you need more. I absolutely love creating and I love Christmas so I have a lot! 


If you want some WRITING activities for Christmas, check out this blog post full of pictures of December writing activities:

These are super cute prompts for various genres!! Even if you don't want to do the crafts, you can hopefully get some super cute writing prompts ideas for December writing and see my real picture examples! It changes each year but I think "If Santa Rode the Bus" is my current favorite! :)


I also have Christmas Word Problems Addition to 10 worksheets you may love if you like the blends worksheets I showed.

If you need DIGITAL activities (for math especially!), I have a lot here:

and also here is a cute list of books you can read in December! 


I have a lot more Christmas activities I love but I think that's enough to show you right now! :) I hope you enjoyed this post!! 

To read more of my posts, check out Miss Giraffe Blog Posts Organized List and also look for me on your favorite platform! I'm probably on there sharing ideas. :)

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