Missing Letters Clip Sticks

Today I have another frugal literacy tool for you to make when working on identifying certain sounds in words with your children: missing letters clip sticks!

Missing letter clip sticks These clip sticks are great because you can adapt it to whatever you need at that point in time. We are working on vowel sounds and identifying it as a medial sound, which is very tricky for some kids. But, you can make sticks that are missing initial sounds, or final sounds, or even blends, digraphs etc. the possibilities are endless!

What you need:

  • Thick craft sticks
  • Pegs/clothespins 
  • Markers

Materials needed The number of sticks and pegs will depend on how many you want to make, you can always add to your collection as you go along. 

Decide on the words you want to write on the sticks. Ideally it will be words you can use pictures for too. These are the CVC words I used(don’t mind my drawings, I’m not an artist, lol):

CVC words The child will look at the picture, say the word and identify the sounds in the word. The he/she must choose the vowel peg that is needed to complete the word and clip it on the stick. The clipping part is great for fine motor skills too, so bonus!

Missing letter clip sticks Such and easy and frugal idea to work on identifying missing sounds(phonemes) in words, finding the corresponding letters(grapheme) and working those fingers too!

More frugal literacy tools for you to make:

Synonyms and Antonyms Sticks
Cardboard Roll Words
Egg Carton Word Building
Learn how to teach the alphabet in 101 FUN ways through this book:


101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet(print)

101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet (e-book)

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