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Fun Engaging Digraph Activities

Fun Engaging Digraph Activities
Looking for FUN Digraph Activities for your phonics teaching program? Then check these out! You’ll also get a quick guide to explain what digraphs are, how and when to teach them to your kids!

A digraph is a combination of two letters that make a single sound like sh in shell or fish.

Digraph sounds are different to the individual sounds of the letters. They cannot be sounded out, which hinders reading fluency. 

Digraphs can be made up of vowels or consonants and are taught as part of  phonics programs in Kindergarten, Reception, Preps and First Grade.

They are not found just at the beginning of words, they can also be in the middle or make the final sound in words too.

Learning to recognise digraphs will help young readers to develop fluency in reading.

Difference Between Digraphs and Blends

Digraphs and blends can easily be confused because both digraphs and blends consist of two letters to make a sound.

But there is a BIG difference between a digraph and blend…

A digraph contains two consonants and only makes one sound such as sh, /sh/. (ch, wh, th, ck)

A blend contains two consonants but they each make their own sound, such as /s/ and /l/, /sl/ (st, fl, sk, gr, sw, ect.)

Put simply each sound can be heard in a blend, but you cannot hear both letters in a digraph. No matter the type of Phonics Program you use, e.g. Letters and Sounds, Dianna Rigg, Jolly Phonics, Soundwaves, Thrass, children should be shown that the same sound can be represented in a different way.  For example, pay, aim gray, all have the /ai/ sound but they use a different digraph.

 

Here’s some examples of Consonant digraphs and vowel digraphs…

 

Consonant digraphs are typically found at the beginning (initial) and end of words (final)

  • Initial “ch-” chair, cheese, child
  • Final “-ch” lunch, pinch, rich
  • Final “-ck” luck, sick, tuck
  • Initial “kn-” knight, knife, knot
  • Initial “ph-” phone, phonics, phrase
  • Initial “sh-” shape, ship, shoe
  • Final “-sh” brush, dish, flash
  • Final “-ss” bliss, chess, mess
  • Initial “th-” think, three, thumb
  • Final “-th” bath, earth. with
  • Initial “wh-” whale, what, why
  • Initial “wr-” wreck, wrist, writing
Vowel digraphs can also be split by a consonant like in cake “a-e”

Vowel digraphs are typically found in the middle of words. (medial) They are made by two letters with at least one being a vowel.

  • “ai” gain, main, stain
  • “ay” day, play, stay
  • “ea” beach, read, speak
  • “ee” feet, peek, sheet
  • “ie” brief, chief, thief
  • “ie” cried, pie, tied
  •  “oa” boat, goat, road
  • “oe” aloe, toe, woe
  • “oe” canoe, horseshoe, snowshoe
  • “oo” book, cook, shook
  • “oo” zoo, boom, noon
  • “ue” argue, blue, rescue
  • “ui” cruise, fruit, recruit

We have organised the digraph activities into initial and final digraph sounds, but feel free to mix things up according to your school plans!

Digraph Activities

Final digraphs Chips n dip is a fun game for learning words that end with CH-Sh-TH-CK. There's 3 differentiated levels of the game for all digraphs. There's also a memory cards matching version & student recording sheet!
Initial digraphs Egg flip is a fun game for learning words that begin with CH-Sh-TH-WH. There's 3 differentiated levels of the game for all digraphs. There's also a memory cards matching version & student recording sheet

Digraph Clip it Cards

Beginning CH Digraph Clip it Cards & Student Recording Sheet
Beginning KN Digraph Clip it Cards & Student Recording Sheet
Beginning PH Digraph Clip it Cards & Student Recording Sheet
Beginning SH Digraph Clip it Cards & Student Recording Sheet
Beginning WR Digraph Clip it Cards & Student Recording Sheet
Final TH Digraph Clip it Cards & Student Recording Sheet
Final CH Digraph Clip it Cards & Student Recording Sheet
Final SH Digraph Clip it Cards & Student Recording Sheet
Final NG Digraph Clip it Cards & Student Recording Sheet

Digraph Crown Printables

Initial CH digraphs Crowns includes a colour write & wipe version for your literacy stations and 3 black line worksheet versions. We added some party gems to a play tray to make this a fun learning center! Includes dual spellings too.
Initial SH digraphs Crowns includes a colour write & wipe version for your literacy stations and 3 black line worksheet versions. We added some party gems to a play tray to make this a fun learning center! Includes dual spellings too.
Initial TH digraphs Crowns includes a colour write & wipe version for your literacy stations and 3 black line worksheet versions. We added some party gems to a play tray to make this a fun learning center! Includes dual spellings too.
Initial Wh digraphs Crowns includes a colour write & wipe version for your literacy stations and 3 black line worksheet versions. We added some party gems to a play tray to make this a fun learning center! Includes dual spellings too.
Initial KN digraphs Crowns includes a colour write & wipe version for your literacy stations and 3 black line worksheet versions. We added some party gems to a play tray to make this a fun learning center! Includes dual spellings too.
Final SH digraphs Crowns includes a colour write & wipe version for your literacy stations and 3 black line worksheet versions. We added some party gems to a play tray to make this a fun learning center! Includes dual spellings too.
Final Th digraphs Crowns includes a colour write & wipe version for your literacy stations and 3 black line worksheet versions. We added some party gems to a play tray to make this a fun learning center! Includes dual spellings too.
Final Ck digraphs Crowns includes a colour write & wipe version for your literacy stations and 3 black line worksheet versions. We added some party gems to a play tray to make this a fun learning center! Includes dual spellings too.

Digraph Puzzles

Initial CH digraphs puzzles & Student recording sheet. Perfect for literacy centers!
Initial SH digraphs puzzles & Student recording sheet. Perfect for literacy centers!
Initial TH digraphs puzzles & Student recording sheet. Perfect for literacy centers!
Initial WH digraphs puzzles & Student recording sheet. Perfect for literacy centers!

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