Print 82 Phonics Flash Cards To Learn 20 Tough Sounds

These phonics flash cards cover the most-often-confused English sounds.

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What Phonics Flash Cards Cover:


  • 8 consonant sounds
  • 6 vowel sounds
  • 4 special English sounds and
  • 2 r-affected vowel sounds

Here are all the sounds covered in the flash cards:

1. f as in fish
2. g as in Grammie
3. j as in jaguar 
4. k as in kite
5. n as in night
6. r as in rabbit
7. s as in sunset 
8. u as in umbrella
9. z as in zebra
10. A as in ape
11. E as in eagle
12. I as in ice
14. U as in U-turn
15. sh as in ship
16. aw as in autumn
17. oo as in “the owl says OOO”

18. oo as in “uhps!”

19. er as in Earth
20. or as in oar

Ways To Use:

Use the catchy pictures to stand for sounds. Ie  rrrr as in rabbit :)

Teach and quiz the single letters first

You can start with the letters in alphabetical order.  For a very young child you may want to have a list of all the ABC's to work from. Go through the letters and when you get to a tough sound use the cards.

Next learning step is to use the letters out of order.

Last mix in the letter pairs.

Card Game

How we play with the cards. We printed out the phonics flash cards on the double sided print setting. After covering the cards with packing tape (the kind without strings) we play concentration at our house.

To Play: Variation of Concentration One of our favorites! Arrange all the cards in rows, letter(s) side up. In their turn, each player tries to flip over pairs of cards with matching pictures. Matches are kept by the player. Cards that don’t match when turned over are flipped back so that only the letter show. When all the cards are gone, the player with the most matches wins.

What makes these 20 sounds tough? 

. A sound like “b as in bat” is easy. “B” is the only letter that can make the first sound in bat. “A as in the letter name” and “j as in jam” are a whole different story. 5 different letters or letter groups can make the j sound. There are twice as many letters that can produce the “A” sound. A and j sounds have a lot more room for confusion. Sounds like these are covered on the phonics flash cards. 

See Letter Sound Chart for more on letter sounds

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