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Montessori Consonant Digraph Activity for Preschoolers


You have a budding, brilliant reader. She is eager to learn. She wants more. You don’t have more. That is where I come in…This Consonant Digraph Activity: Blends work is one of my three original Language works I created for my Montessori training.


To create the cards, I used blue cardstock (blue level work), my printer, image files, blend files, a paper cutter and a laminator. I also have a small plastic bag to hold the small digraph cards. My files are included at the end of this post. I ask you to please use them only for personal purposes.

What is a Digraph?

Before we dive into this activity, let’s define digraph.

According to, a digraph is a pair of letters representing single speech sound, as ea in meat or th in path. I love this explanation from This Reading Mama. She even includes an adorable, easy to follow printable for your home or classroom. 

A blend is two letters that come together to make two sounds. Whereas a digraph is two letters that come together to make a single sound. So, a blend would be “bl” and a digraph would be “th”, for example, with a single consonant sound.


I think the easiest thing for you to do in order to understand even better is to download this FREE printable.

Examples of Digraphs

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Below is a fun educational video to explain to children (and adults!) the meaning of a digraph.

Related Read: The Ultimate List of Montessori Language Resources and Recommendations

Consonant Digraph Activity: Blends


A card with nine images representing three different blend sounds. Small digraphs cards.  A basket or tray.

Work Surface



To increase awareness and skill in reading and writing Blue Level words.


Knowledge of previous digraph materials and short vowel word building

What are Digraphs


  • Invite the child to do the work: I am going to show you something new with blend sounds!”
  • Bring the basket or tray with the materials to the work rug.
  • Remove one card, and you or the child name the images on the card: “bread. crayon. creek….”
  • Remove the cards from the small bag and review the blended sounds with the child: /br/
  • Slowly scan the card of images until you find a match. Repeat the name of the image with emphasis on the blended sound and place the card onto the image of “bread,” for example, repeating the digraph /br/.
  • Remove each card from the bag and repeat the same procedure. Allow the child to take over at any point.
  • If the child has incorrectly collected an object not matching the sound on the card, review the image name and digraph.
  • If the child wants to continue with another card, show him the next card.
  • Ask the child to place the cards back onto the tray or into the basket. Return to the shelf.

Related Read: Best Montessori Activities for 2-Year-Olds


  • With a partner
  • Trace the letters
  • Build words with the moveable alphabet
  • Write words of images
  • Create a design with a metal inset and write the digraph in the center
  • With a partner, play Bingo. Roll a DIY die with blends and place the small digraph cards on each side.


  • New vocabulary and sounds
  • Images


The number of small digraphs cards match the number of images on the card


Names of images, 3-period lesson for any image/sound the child incorrectly identifies, digraphs


4.5-6 years old


Order, concentration, independence, confidence, matching, analysis of sounds, building vocabulary, reading, writing, and spelling.

Resources that Helped Me Do This Activity

Happy learning!

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