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Four Games for Teaching Consonant Sounds to Children – Free Printable

Michelle Moody|October 25, 2016

Listed below are four games for helping you when teaching consonant sounds to children.  We have also included links to printables, or you may make your own consonant cards with simple supplies.
The games below apply to consonant sounds at the beginning of words as well as at the end of words. For example, you and your child can play Consonant Basketball for words that start with the letter N and words that end with the letter N.  Switch to ending consonants when you feel your child is ready.
When teaching consonant sounds to your children, help them trace the letters and say the name and sound. For example, before using the letter M, say to your child as you help them trace the letter, “This is the letter M. It makes the mmmmmmm sound, as in map.”
Print either the color version or black and white version of the consonant cards found here for lower case and here for upper case. Each of the PDF files has a black lettering version and a colorized lettering version.

  1. Consonant Basketball



  1. Print the consonant card pages. Cut them out.
  2. Optional: Laminate each card.
  3. Place the two laundry baskets side by side on the floor about 12 to 18 inches apart.
  4. Select a consonant, and place it in front of one of the laundry baskets.
  5. Repeat Step 4 with a second consonant, placing the matching card in front of the second laundry basket.
  6. Have your child stand far enough away from the baskets to comfortably toss the ball into them.
  7. Clearly say a word to your child that starts with one of the two letters that have been placed in front of the two baskets. For example, if the letters B and N were chosen, say the following to your child, “Bed. Buh Buh Buh. Bed.” Then ask your child which letter, B or N, makes the “buh” sound. They should toss the ball into the correct basket (the “B” basket).
  8. If there is a letter your child needs to practice longer, set it aside and replace with another letter. You may swap it back later in the game.

Consonant Hide and Seek


  1. Print the consonant cards. You may download the upper case version here and the lower case version here.
  2. Optional: Instead of the printable consonant cards, you can write your own set using index cards and a marker.
  3. Optional: Using a laminator or self-laminating sheets, laminate each consonant card.

Game Idea 2:

Game Idea 3:

Game 4: Sticky Consonants

Optional: Instead of the printable consonant cards, you can write your own set using index cards and a marker.


  1. Select six to eight consonants cards, and place a piece of tape on the back of each.
  2. Have your child leave the room. Place a card on an item that does NOT match the consonant. For example, place the “B” card on a door, and place the “D” card on a cup.
  3. Bring your child back into the room. Have him go to the first item he sees with a letter stuck to it. Ask him to say the name of the item and then make the sound of the letter on the card. Do the sounds match? If so, leave the card. If the letter on the card does not match the starting letter of the item, have him remove the card from the object. Move on to the next object, determining if the card stuck to the item matches the letter on the card. If it does not, is he holding the card that matches? Continue through all of the items with the “sticky” consonant until all of the cards are matched to the correct items.

Michelle Eichhorn is the marketing director for Apologia. She has an undergraduate and graduate degree in Child Development and Family Relations. Michelle taught preK before becoming a homeschool mom. She is an activity contributor to the new Exploring Creation with Astronomy Science Kit from Apologia.

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