There are lots of picture resources available for free on the internet for people wanting to develop a child’s articulation and phonology. I find that many of my colleagues aren’t aware of some of the sites that I use, so here are some links and reviews to save you lot the job of searching around. If you’re a parent planning on using any of these on your child, you should get the advice of a speech and language therapist first.
Caroline Bowen is the undisputed queen of online speech and language resources. Unfortunately her website is difficult to navigate. The link above takes you to the ‘Resources Index’, and the picture resources are linked towards the bottom of the page, under the heading ‘Worksheets; Pictures and Words’. The bulk of the pictures are found in ‘Worksheets: Consonants, Clusters and Vowels‘. Word medial pictures are on a separate page, as are minimal and maximal opposition pictures. (Incidentally, some good advice about using maximal and multiple oppositions in therapy can be downloaded from David Newman’s excellent speechlanguage-resources.com).
This is undoubtedly the most comprehensive set of resources on the internet. The documents are presented as pdfs. Caroline’s pictures all come from free clip-art sources, so they are somewhat inconsistent in style and quality. Some sets of sounds have bigger pictures than others, as she has changed the way she makes the sets over the years. Word choice is a little haphazard – low and high frequency words sit next to one another, as do long and short words. Some of the pictures are more aimed at older children, and there is an evident American (actually Australian) slant.
The /f/ word initial words are: Fiona, feel, feast, feet, feed, Felix, fever, female, fiesta, Fiat, field, feely bag, fat, food, four, five, fig, fan, farm, fish, fork, fox, phone, fern, face, foot, fairy, fight, feed and funny. The pictures look like this – with 6 pictures to the page for /f/.
Odd name, magnificent word selection. The therapist who runs this site has focused on CVC words, and then very helpfully presented the words that include the earlier-developing sounds first. The words are good for young children. The pictures are a mixture of clip art and photographs, and to be honest the style is a little over-saturated for my liking. The pictures come up rather small (15 to a page), and the documents are presented as png image files. These words are ideal for therapists trying to work with children who have multiple substitutions because it is so easy to identify which words the child will have a chance of saying (i.e. fan is much easier for a child to say than fish or fall).
Pictures are provided for all sounds (except /ng/ and /zh/, which don’t feature at all) word initially and word finally. Clusters are not here in huge numbers, but they are represented. There are a few word medial sets, and a couple of sets of minimal pairs, but it’s not what you’d come here for.
The full list of /f/ word initial words is: fan, fat, feed, feet, fin, food, foot, fun, fight, foam, phone, face, fez, fig, five, fizz, fog, fuss, fuzz, fall, fang, feel, fell, fetch, fish, foal, foil, fall, fudge and fall.
Thanks ‘mommy’. I always expect these images to have disappeared, since they plainly use Widget Communications’ images. I won’t tell them if you don’t. As such, the images are consistent, simple, and rather beautiful. They are very small (20 to a page) but they scale up very well in the photocopier. The word choice is mostly good. There are pictures for all sounds in all positions, but it is quantity over quality at times, particularly for the word medial pictures (for example, /f/ word medial has /fr/ clusters such as ‘afraid’, three syllable words such as ‘elephant’, and words with /f/ in very complex contexts such as ‘blindfold’).
There are no minimal pairs pictures, but there are some for the simple clusters word initially. There are pictures for most of the sounds in some rather forced sentences, I don’t personally see a lot of use for these. The pictures are presented as pdfs.
The /f/ initial words are feet, fingers, fairy, fork, farm, fire, fox, feel, fast, food, fish, fair, fan, fight, fall, face, find, first, fat and family.
Much more of a resource for teachers of literacy than speech therapists, there are still some gems to be found here. Firstly there’s a page of well thought-out resources to develop Phonological Awareness. There are also 94 workbooks for different rhyming ‘word families’ (words ending with -ed, -ook, etc). These workbooks have a lot of games, puzzles, etc, but there are around 12 -20 fairly decent pictures to extract from each set. The pictures are drawn especially for this series, so they’re consistent and quite clear. It all looks rather American, and it’s not a style that appeals very much to me. The workbooks are indexed on the bottom half of this page.
Because of the literacy focus, digraphs (ch, sh, ph) get their own workbooks (listed on the top half of the above-linked page), and so, most importantly, do clusters. I often come to Carl’s corner for her cluster resources – there are workbooks for word initial /bl/, /br/, /kl/, /kr/, /dr/, /fl/, /fr/, /gl/, /gr/, /pl/, /pr/, /sk/, /skr/, /sn/, /sp/, /spl/, /spr/, /st/, /str/, /sw/, /thr/, /tr/, /tw/ and /shr/.