Beginning Sound Paint Sticks

This is a fun, hands-on literacy center activity that will provide your students with practice identifying beginning sounds.

Keep reading to get your copy of the free printable that includes pictures for all letters A-Z.

Beginning Sounds Paint Stick Printable Freebie Activity via

Supplies to Make the Beginning Sounds Paint Sticks


  • Paint sticks {one per child in your small group}
  • Adhesive backed Velcro {available at any craft store}
  • Pictures of beginning sounds for each letter {see below}
  • Laminating film
  • Scissors

Beginning Sounds Velcro Paint Stick Activity Freebie via

How to Make the Paint Stick Activity

Start by collecting paint sticks, one for each child in your small group. Attach the soft side of the adhesive Velcro on each paint stick from top to bottom as shown in the picture at the top. Next, laminate the pictures and cut out. Attach a piece of hard adhesive Velcro to the back of each picture.

How to Use the Paint Stick Activity

Give each student in your small group one paint stick. You can attach the letters to the top before they begin playing or allow them to choose.

Then, the students search for pictures that start with the beginning sound at the top of their paint stick and attach those pictures to their stick. When they are finished they can switch sticks to keep playing.

Click on the picture below to download the beginning sound pictures for letters A-Z
Free Beginning Sounds Paint Stick Printable Activity via

About Vanessa Levin

Vanessa is the creator of Pre-K Pages and author of the book A Fabulous First Year and Beyond: A Practical Guide for Pre-K and Kindergarten Teachers. She has more than two decades of teaching experience and enjoys helping kids and teachers through her professional development sessions. Follow Vanessa on Facebook, Google +, Twitter and Pinterest.


  1. Lori Summers says:

    This is so great!! My daughter would love this!! Thank you for sharing and I look forward to seeing the rest of the alphabet!!

  2. Melissa S says:

    Love this!! Can’t wait for the rest of the alphabet!!! Great for my preschoolers!!!

  3. These are fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Vanessa Levin says:

      You are very welcome Kristine, I’m glad you like the paint stick beginning sounds activity.

  4. Pamela Mullen says:

    Thank you so much! I can’t wait to have my Transitional Kinders use these. Thanks for sharing with us.

    • Vanessa Levin says:

      You’re welcome Pamela, I’m glad you found the idea and printable useful for your transitional kindergarten class.

  5. What a great project! Thanks for taking the time to share all of your ideas.

  6. JUST WHAT I NEEDED! Thank you so much for these, your ideas are always so wonderful and my preschoolers always love them!!!!

  7. Jennifer Folweile says:

    LOVE THIS! Totally want to make this for my preschool classroom! Can’t wait for the rest of the pictures! Thanks!

  8. Any additional letters yet? I love this idea.

    • Vanessa Levin says:

      Hi Rhonda, I just updated the paint stick beginning sounds document with all the letters A-Z.

  9. Vanessa you are the best!! This is a great idea for some of my struggling students. I look forward to the rest of the letters!!!

    • Vanessa Levin says:

      Thanks Kelly, I’m glad you like this activity, thanks for letting me know :) I just updated the set to include all letters A-Z.

  10. Any new words yet? I love the ones you did.

  11. Patricia E. says:

    I was wondering if I missed any of the letters you may have added for the Beginning Sound Paint Sticks. (other than A-C) I think this is a fantastic idea and will be used a great deal with my pre-K4’s. I appreciate all you do. I love sharing your ideas with all of my co-workers.
    Thank you

    • Vanessa Levin says:

      Hi Patricia, I just updated the set to include all letters A-Z. I’m glad you like the activity!

  12. Kelly Lynaugh says:

    Patricia I read that Vanessa has only done A-C, more to come!! I can’t wait!!

  13. What a great idea and I started using it with my Pre-K class. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

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