Making Counting Syllables Hands-On Fun At School

Print out these syllable sorting peg clip cards to add to your literacy centres, the perfect way to practice hearing and counting syllables in words.

Being able to hear syllables and break words into syllables are one of the earliest building blocks for good phonemic awareness.


Children as young as preschool age can hear that words have parts and can begin to count them but finding fun, hands-on way to learn this at school can be hard to do and often practicing counting syllables is just not included in literacy centre rotations. Yet it should be as being able to hear the syllables in unfamiliar words helps our children to spell correctly later in school.

We use our FREE syllable sorting mats a lot as I can keep changing the objects or just add some sight word cards to our literacy centre tray for sorting for older grades but working in Reception, I also wanted an activity that does double duty by strengthening those fine motor skills that are poor starting school so I created these syllable counting peg clip cards.

Syllable Counting Peg Clip Cards - these printable cards make learning how to hear and count syllables fun and hands-on. Perfect for literacy centers | you clever monkey
Literacy centres are a tool I frequently use in class to help build many of the early literacy skills children need to become good readers and writers.

In Reception, many focus on building their phonemic awareness - lots of rhyme, syllables, beginning sounds, CVC words. Looking for more ideas for your own literacy centres? Take a look here, here, here or here or just search the Literacy tab at the top of the page.

I'm always looking for new ideas to use in our literacy centres to keep the engagement levels high in my classroom.

To help us practice our syllables, I've created these syllable sorting peg clip cards.

They're simple to use. After looking at the picture, the children then count the number of syllables they can hear in the word. I've been teaching my students to touch each number as they count the syllables for this activity to make it easy to then work out where to place the clothes peg. 

I've added clothes peg as they're perfect for strengthening small hands but you could use counters or other loose parts to mark the number of syllables.

Syllable Counting Peg Clip Cards - these printable cards make learning how to hear and count syllables fun and hands-on. Perfect for literacy centers | you clever monkey

If you're looking for more hands-on ways to practice syllable counting, take a look at our other syllable sorting post and grab a FREE copy of these sorting mats.

Syllable Sorting Mats | you clever monkey

What's included in our ready to print Syllable Sorting Pack -
  • 4 cards per page with a gorgeous clean photographs on each card 
  • 20 different pages providing you with 80 cards!

Perfect for small group or independent work in class.

SYLLABLE SORTING PEG CLIP CARDS
US $2



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Syllable Counting Peg Clip Cards - these printable cards make learning how to hear and count syllables fun and hands-on. Perfect for literacy centers | you clever monkey

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