Multisensory Monday: Muffin Pan Phonics

Posted by Stephanie Castillo on 22nd Sep 2019

Today’s Multisensory Monday activity is a great way to introduce a new phonics concept.  Simply grab a muffin pan and a pom-pom ball! Keep in mind, lessons containing several new sounds are ideal for this activity (beginning/ending blends, etc.).


  • Muffin Tin (Dollar Store)
  • Pom-Pom
  • Dry-Erase Marker
  • Word List
  • Plastic Tweezers (optional)

Make it Multisensory

  • Once you decide on a skill you would like to focus on, simply use a dry-erase marker to write the choices on the muffin tin. In this example, students practice differentiating the sound units -ang, -ing, -ong, -ung. Furthermore, additional support can be provided using an anchor chart with keywords for each chunk for reference.
  • Keep in mind, if a student still struggles with blending/segmenting the targeted skill, be sure to address phonemic awareness, which may be the underlying weakness.


First of all, write one sound in each muffin slot.  As the teacher calls out words containing the targeted skills, students simply place the pom-pom into the correct muffin cup.  Students will consequently repeat the targeted sound.

Teacher: /sung/

Students: /ung/

Because students may stumble in identifying the targeted sound within a word, the teacher can choose to simplify the activity by calling out the targeted sounds only.

Teacher: /ung/

Students: /ung/


If you are able to find the pictured plastic tweezers below, students will certainly enjoy using the tweezers to move the pom-pom!



Written by Stephanie Castillo

Stephanie is the Center Director of the Brainspring Learning Center in Clarkston, Michigan.

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