Blend words with movement!
Learning to blend words can be a fun lesson for preschoolers, kindergartners, and 1st graders. Our word blending floor mats will turn lessons about building words into an engaging, movement-based activity. With these mats, young learners will quickly grasp an understanding of blending words.
Each mat features a single or double letter sound in each block. A set of cards is included and varies based on the selected mat. After hopping on this floor mat, young learners will understand how to blend words. Reading and creating the words will also help boost their word recognition skills and reading comprehension.
Ditch the worksheets and bring movement into your classroom. Movement-based activities will boost learning comprehension while helping young students develop gross motor skills. Whether using it for reading class or during free time, this mat will encourage active learning and collaborative play. Take a look at our activity database for more activities and sensory play to keep your students on their feet.
Materials: Our floor mats are made from heavy-duty vinyl. They are easy to clean, durable, and long-lasting. Some teachers have used their mats for over 10 years!
Dimensions: 20 x 90 inches
Includes: Word Blending Mat + Blending Cards
Mat Options (select in the drop down):
- Double H (wh, th, sh, qu, ch)
- Double L (sl, pl, gl, fl, cl, bl)
- Double R (tr, pr, gr, fr, dr, cr, br)
- Double S (st, sp, sn, sm, sk, sc)
- Single B-H (b, c, d, f, g, h)
- Single J-P (j, k, l, m, n, p)
- Single R-Z (r, s, t, w, y, z)
Check out our material FAQ page for more information and instructions on caring for your floor mat.
Sample Activity: Word Blending Hop
- Have your student place an end sound card at the top of the mat on the box that says “Place Card Here”.
- Then, have your student stand on START HERE.
- Have your student say the initial sound in the first box.
- Then, have your student say the end sound at the top of the mat.
- Next, have your student jump on the first box blending the initial sound with the end sound to make a word.
- Ask your student if they have created a real or silly word.
- If the student has created a real word, have them cross their right leg over the left and tap “real word”.
- If the student has created a silly word, have them cross their left leg over the right and tap “silly word”.
- The student repeats the activity for each of the initial sounds on the mat.
- Repeat the activity until the student is comfortable with blending words. Repeat with different end sound cards.
- Guide your student’s selection of end sound cards to avoid word combinations that create profanity.
- Point out to students that sometimes silly words in English are real words in other languages.