Initial Consonant Activity

By Activity Bank on Jun 11, 2013

This activity has been revised and was originally created by Mary Jane Clark and published in the Perkins Activity and Resource Guide (1st edition, 1992).  The second edition is available for purchase.

This fun activity makes a game out of teaching initial consonant recognition; it also reinforces the concept of taking turns. Lessons include English Language Arts and Social Skills.


  • Game card: divide a 9x9 inch card into nine equal squares (3x3 inches). Use Wikki Stix or yarn dipped in glue to make the dividing lines for the squares.
  • Blank 3x3 inch cards that fit into the squares on the game card.
  • Sight word vocabulary list.


This activity is similar to bingo.

  • Students are each given a game card with nine squares.
  • Each square contains a braille/large print letter.
  • The teacher says a word such as “cat,” and students search their card for the letter which makes the beginning sound in the word cat.
  • When the student finds the letter “c”, he places a blank card on top of it.
  • The object is to cover all the letters on the card.


  • This game can be played to reinforce sight words as well as math. Game cards need to be made containing sight words or numbers for this activity.
  • This activity may be used to reinforce functional words and signs from the environment (e.g. fire, exit, stop, women, men, etc.) by using game cards containing functional words and signs.
  • Have students identify letters by their sound (e.g. m = “Mmmm”). Use the game card above and call out letter sounds rather than whole words.



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