Tuesday, February 28, 2012

L-Blends (/bl/, /pl/, /fl/): Free Speech Therapy Articulation Picture Cards


This articulation picture card set is designed to be more comprehensive than the typical sets you might find elsewhere. The target audience for this set is young children or children with more severe speech delays that need intensive practice with sounds at a one-syllable level. No blends (other than the targeted initial blend) or vocalic /r/ sounds are included in this set. All syllable shapes are kept as simple as possible to allow the child to focus as much as possible on producing the initial blend. Syllable shapes are CCV or CCVC only.(Scroll down to preview set.)

Key Features

  • This set includes 15 therapy cards with the target word and picture on the front, and the difficulty level and a carrier phrase on the back.
  • The words are all CCV or CCVC in syllable shape.
  • The words are simple and are easily understood by or easily taught to young children.
  • Combines the L-blends with all possible vowel sounds at least once.
  • Words are sorted by difficulty level for an easy progression from easy to hard.


I give permission to copy, print, or distribute this card set provided that:
  1. Each copy makes clear that I am the document's author.
  2. No copies are altered without my express consent.
  3. No one makes a profit from these copies.
  4. Electronic copies contain a live link back to my original and print copies not for merely personal use contain the URL of my original.

Looking for Feedback

I would love to hear back from anyone who uses this card set. Let me know if you find errors or there is anything you would change. Comment on this page, or send me an email at testyyettrying(at)gmail(dot)com.

Where can I find more?

More sets are on my Free Speech Therapy Articulation Cards page.

Card Set

To download click on the image to open it full size. Then right click on the image, choose "save as" and save the page to your computer.

I recommend you print on cardstock and laminate for durability.


  1. I'm really disappointed that these pictures reinforce the White-as-standard practices that education is inundated with. Children - and White children especially - need to see diverse-appearing humans representing hands, faces, smiles, etc., as well as pilots, people doing flips, etc. When every single picture is a White person, that sends a message of unimportance to non-White children, and over-importance to White children.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment on an important issue. I actually pay for the rights to use a clipart library and spend hours carefully searching for images that fit sometimes rather abstract concepts in order to make my picture card sets. I am limited by the clipart I can find. I do try to choose multicultural cards whenever possible and you will find a few scattered about in the card sets, but much of the time it simply isn't possible. (Now if I had an unlimited budget and could pay someone to do my art that would be a different story...)

    2. You could always pay for a set that you find appropriate.

    3. Children do not typically see color unless influenced by his or her parents. Children who are learning blends are not mature enough to see abstractly to notice the color of the person and realize they are not the exact shade as the person in the picture. To the publisher, you are the best and we appreciate you taking the time to think about children and their education and making lives a bit simpler, because I cannot find time to create my own!

  2. You could always look for other FREE materials to use!

  3. I have found your card sets EXTREMELY helpful. Thankyou for the great job you are doing!

  4. Really??? Does EVERYTHING have to be about race? Geez.

  5. I appreciate you sharing your FREE materials. You are very gracious with your time and effort. Thanks again.

  6. These are great for my speech students. I applaude your efforts and generosity. thanks for a great web site.

  7. I just came across your blog and I want to thank you for creating materials for others to use for free! I appreciate your taking time to do this so that I don't have to! I guess if people don't like your pictures, they don't have to use them!

  8. I appreciate these cards and your making them available for free.
    Side note to the person complaining about race: why don't you offer to buy some multiracial cards if these free ones are offensive to you, help in a manner other than by complaining and offering no real solution. The cards are free and if you find them offensive or whatever, don't use them.

  9. A big fat shut up to the person complaining about race. Get over yourself. A big thank you to the publisher for these awesome cards :)

  10. A big fat shut up to the person complaining about race. Get over yourself. A big thank you to the publisher for these awesome cards :)


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