Puzzle Words: Speech and Language Activity

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PUZZLE WORDS is a great speech and language activity for building early reading skills.

We had a puzzle with missing pieces and rather than throw it away we decided to put it to good use. These Puzzle Words early reading skills activity is just one way that we put those pieces to use. You can also color code the puzzles to show vowels and consonants or nouns and verbs.

Puzzle Words Early Reading Skills Activity

Using the puzzle pieces to make words helps beginning readers as there will only be one way to fit the pieces together and since most kids like to play with puzzles it make early reading fun. You can also decide the length of the letters or you could use them to make blending sounds.

Target Skill:

Early Reading Skills


Puzzle Words early reading skills activityMaterials:

  • Puzzle Pieces
  • Paint
  • Sponge brushes work best.
  • Sharpie
  • Optional: Use Chalkboard Paint and Chalk


  • Find 3 or more pieces that fit together.

For the painted version:

  • Apply an even coat of paint to the backs of the puzzle pieces. Allow to dry.
  • Apply a second coat of paint if needed.
  • Link the pieces together to make sure they fit.
  • Write a simple sight word with one letter on each piece.
  • Voila! You have an early reading skills made with recycled materials!

For the chalkboard version:

  • Apply the chalkboard paint to the back side of the puzzle pieces. Be sure to do this in a well ventilated area.
  • Allow to dry.
  • Link the pieces together to make sure they fit.
  • Have the children write the words on the puzzle pieces with their chalk.

Once our pieces were made I put them in a pile and the children put them together to make words. Then we had them share their words to make silly sentences. I think that was my favorite part; watching the children laughing and enjoying exploring language. They had a blast playing and reading together!


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