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65+ SN Blends for Speech Therapy + PDF Words

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Calling all speech-language pathologists and parents working on sn words for speech therapy practice this post is for you!

This post includes over 65 sn blend words to help your child or student work on their sn speech sounds.

SN Words Speech Therapy

Below I’ve outlined 65+ sn consonant blends to help my fellow speech pathologist and parents give their students and young children extra practice! 

Plus I’ve included a free pdf. I mean who doesn’t love a free pdf?


Target Words

Here’s a list of sn consonant sounds for a parent or speech therapist to use during at home practice or therapy practice to work on your student or child’s target sounds.

  • For Example: snake, snore, snip, snow, snot, sneeze, sneak, snoop, snack, snag, snap, snug, snob, snarl, snort, snail, snout, snatch, sniff, snooze

See the full list of words, phrases, and sentences below.

Be sure to grab my one page freebie of /sn/ s blends below. Simply scroll to the bottom of this post and grab your free copy!


Word Position: SN Words Speech Therapy 

Initial Position of Words

An s-blend in the initial position is when the s sound is paired with another consonant. For example, an “sn” blend would be “snoop” or “snack”.

Phonological Processes

A phonological disorder is when a child or student makes multiple similar sound errors. 

Cluster Reduction

For example, cluster reduction, a type of phonological process, is when a child or student reduces a cluster, two or three consonants together also known as consonant clusters down to just one consonant, such as the “sn” blend down to simply the s sound. 

For example, the word “snail” would become “sail”. 


Minimal Pairs

Using minimal pairs is one way to work on phonological speech disorders such as in the example above of working on cluster reduction using s-blend words.

Here is an Example

For example, when using minimal pairs for cluster reduction with s-blends you could use the minimal pairs of “snack” and “sack”. 

While showing the child or student pictures of a snack vs. a sack and have them listen to hear the different sounds at the beginning of each word. 

You could lay out the two pictures for the words snack and sack and then ask the child to point to the sack or snack pictures. 

You could then move on to having the child be the teacher and tell you to pick up the “sack” or “snack” if you pick up the incorrect picture due to their sound errors you could point out the sound they are producing is for the other picture. 

The English language can be confusing and using visual picture cards and minimal pair words can help to understand the differences in a speech pattern.

SN Words at Word Level

Some ways to practice include having your child or student say each sn word one by one as they go through a list. 

Using a dot marker can also be a fun way to practice having your child put a dot under each initial sn sound. 

In addition, I’ve compiled an easy-to-download one-page overview of initial sn sounds below. Simply scroll down to the bottom of this post and download your free copy.

  • 1 Syllable: snake, snore, snip, snow, snot, sneeze, sneak, snoop, snack, snag, snap, snug, snob, snarl, snort, snail, snout, snatch, sniff, snooze, snuck
  • 2 Syllable: snowy, snazzy, sneezy, snappy, snippy, snobby, snarky, sneaky, snorer, sneaker, snowman, snuggle, snippet, snorkel, sniffle, snicker, snowcap, snowcat, sniping, snipers, snackers, snapshot, snowball, snowfall, snowpack, snowbird, snowmelt, snowshoe, snowplow, snowbank, snakebite, snowsuit, snakepit, snowboard, snowflake, snowstorm, snakeskin
  • 3 Syllable: snowmobile, snowblower, snorkeling, snaggletooth, snowboarders, snapdragon, snobbishness
  • 4 Syllable: snowmobilists

Practice in Flash Card Mode Right Here from Your Computer!

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Word List: SN Words Speech Therapy

1 Syllable2 Syllable3 Syllable
4 Syllable

SEE ALSO: 21 Best Reinforcement Games for Speech Therapy


Short Sentences or Phrases

When working on initial s-blends, it’s important to work on short phrases once your child or student has mastered the sound at the word level at or near 80% or higher accuracy.

Here is a list of initial sn word phrases to try:

Phrases: SN Words Speech Therapy

1 Syllable2 Syllable3 Syllable
tiny snakesnowy hillsgas for the snowmobile
can snoresnazzy jacketnew snowblower
snip the flowermakes me sneezywent snorkeling
white snowsnappy fastsnaggletooth dog
had snotsnippy notefast snowboarders
don’t sneezesnobby girlyellow snapdragon
sneak pastsnarky remarksnobbishness was frustrating
snoop aroundsneaky mouse
kids snackloud snorer
snag foodhis sneaker
snap fingersbuild a snowman
snug in bedsnuggle up
big snobshort snippet
lion snarlblue snorkel
loud snortsniffle and coughed
big snailsnicker at me
pig snoutsnowcap is a hummingbird
snatch itsnowcat pounced
big sniffsniping toward his coworkers
snooze the daysnipers on the team
snuck intoddler is a snacker
snapshot of the book
snowball fight
snowfall was beautiful
snowpacks melt slowly
white snowbird
snowmelt quickly
snowshoe strapped on
snowplow dropped its blade
snowbank at the end of
venom from a snakebite
purple snowsuit
deep snakepit
new snowboard
snowflake fell
big snowstorm
found snakeskin
4 Syllable
snowmobilists raced

Sentence Level: SN Words Speech Therapy

The next step after working at the word and phrase-level is to work on the initial sn-blends at the sentence level.

For example, you could give your child or student a list of sentences to read aloud while they work on their initial sn-blends. 

Another idea would be to give your child or student pictures with their initial s-blend sound in them and then have them create a sentence about those pictures.

Below is a list of sentences to use with your child or students.

Sentences: SN Words Speech Therapy

1 Syllable2 Syllable
They found a tiny snake.The snowy hills are beautiful.
The dog can snore at night.I like your new snazzy jacket.
She wanted to snip the flower.That perfume makes me sneezy.
They played in the white snow.Their food came out snappy fast.
He had snot in his nose.My landlord left a snippy note.
Try not to sneeze.The snobby girl huffed and walked away.
She tried to sneak past the group.Her snarky remark was hurtful.
The girl wanted to snoop around.The sneaky mouse grabbed some cheese.
The kids wanted a snack.He is a loud snorer.
The bird tried to snag some food.His blue sneaker was squeaky.
She tried to snap her fingers.I want to build a snowman.
The cat is snug in bed.She will snuggle up and relax.
That man is a big snob.Here is a short snippet of the book.
The lion started to snarl at the person.My blue snorkel is cracked.
The pig made a loud snort sound.She has sniffles and a cough.
The big snail moved slowly.Do not snicker at me.
The pig had a big snout.Snowcap is a type of hummingbird.
They tried to snatch the ball.The snowcat pounced on the bird.
She took a big sniff of the flower.He was sniping toward his uncomfortable coworkers about their boss.
The dog wanted to snooze the day away.The snipers on the team worked hard.
He snuck in the back door.My toddler is a big snacker.
Here is a snapshot of the week we have planned.
The siblings had a snowball fight.
The fresh snowfall was beautiful.
Those snowpacks will melt slowly.
The white snowbird soared in the blue sky.
The sun came out and then the snowmelt quickly.
My snowshoe is strapped on and ready.
The snowplow dropped its blade.
There is a snowbank at the end of the driveway.
The venom from the snakebite needs to be pulled out.
She loved her purple snowsuit.
He dug a deep deep snakepit.
His snowboard is new.
A snowflake fell on her nose.
A big snowstorm is coming in tonight.
They found a snakeskin in the barn.
3 Syllable4 Syllable
Get more gas for the snowmobile.The snowmobilists weaved through the trees.
The new snowblower was a good purchase.
He went snorkeling this morning.
The snaggletooth dog was cute.
The fast snowboarders raced by me.
I picked a yellow snapdragon.
His snobbishness was frustrating to his teammates.

Therapy Ideas: SN Words Speech Therapy

Video Game

Are you looking to add some fun and engaging activities to your therapy sessions? 

Video games are a great way to reinforce practice while working on your students’ sounds. 

Some fan favorite articulation games to try can be found here: Free Articulation Games for Speech Therapy or check out our list of 21 Best Reinforcement Games for Speech Therapy / Teletherapy.

Want even more games? Check out our list of 41 Free Online Speech Therapy Activities for more than just articulation fun. 

Have students who are obsessed with Boom Cards? Then you definitely will want to check out our list of over 917 Best Free Boom Cards for Speech Therapy.

Home Program

If you’re on the hunt for a home program or some sound programs be sure to check with a certified speech-language pathologist before getting started. They can get you all set up on an articulation practice routine to use at home.

A speech pathologist will begin by directing you to work on an articulation sound or a phonological process. They will then lead you and your child through how to produce that sound either in the front of the mouth or the back of the mouth.

  1. To get started with home practice you can start with the words listed above starting at the word level and then progressing onto the phrase and sentence level.
  1. Or simply feel free to download the one-page freebie at the bottom of this page as well.
  1. In addition, feel free to use our much fun and interactive flash cards above (scroll up to the word list area on this post) to work on your child’s speech sounds. 

SEE ALSO: Free Articulation Games for Speech Therapy

Great Activities

Are you a speech therapist or parent looking for initial sn words to practice with your clients or child? 

Here are a couple of fun worksheets and games that you can use in your therapy room or for at home practice to work on the initial sn blend.

  1. Speech Artic – initial /sm/ and /sn/ consonant blends: Straight-6 Bingo Game by Jackie G – This activity allows you to practice saying both initial /sm/ and /sn/ consonant blends. You can practice with word and sentence levels, in an exciting Bingo inspired game.
  1. FREEBIE Pop the balloons sn beginning blend phonics PowerPoint game by Wonder at the World –
    In this activity, students practice the ‘sn’ blend at the beginning of words. The game is animated and can be played as a class, in groups, or in pairs.
  1. FREEBIE: BOOM CARDS™ S-Blends Articulation (SM & SN) by SLP on the Charles – This fun game uses bunnies that play hide & go seek! Help them find the ‘sn’ blends!

SEE ALSO: 279+ Free Speech Therapy Digital Materials


Younger Children

Looking for a great sn-blend worksheet or activity for younger children. Be sure to check out these couple of resources below. 

  1. S-blend SN “Snow” articulation [NO PREP] by Speech and Language Adventures – This fun game helps make practicing the ‘sn’ blends fun, motivating and it helps with generalization.
  1. S-Blends – SN repetition snowmen – freebie by Stacey Parks SLP – In this snowman game, students target the ‘sn’ blend with a high number of repetitions.
  1. FREEBIE! Articulation flip book- ‘sn’ blend for speech and language therapy by Katrina Bevan – Use this flipbook of ‘sn’ and ‘s’ blends that is packed with pictures and activities that are interactive and engaging. This is 2 flip books with 8 pages each.

Speech Therapy Sessions

Here are a few free sn-blend worksheets that you might find helpful for your next speech therapy session.

  1. Sn Blend Color-by-Picture by Lauren McIntyre – This activity is simple and perfect to help students practice identifying and reading the ‘sn’ blend sound. .
  1. SW/SN/SL Beginning Blends Word Sort by Liza Gosselin – This is a word sort that focuses on 3 ‘s’ blends: SW, SN, and SL.
  1. /sn/ and /sl/ blends {freebie} by SLP for me – This freebie can be used different ways. To carry over or review, make into a mini book or memory cards!

Story Levels

If your child or student has mastered the sentence level of the sn-blends it might be time to start working on mastering the sn-blends at the story level. 

  1. Orton-Gillignham Story- S blends, st, sn, sm, sk by Orton-Gillingham Learning Support Teacher – Use Orton – Gillingham lessons to teach some ‘s’ blends including many ‘sn’ blends.
  2. Interactive Book for Articulation – /s/ blends by Easy Speechy – Use this fun book “Spot’s Adventure” as an interactive way to teach articulation of the following blends: /sp, sw, sl, sk, sl, sn, st/.
  3. S-Loaded Paragraphs for Christmas/Winter Freebie by Small Talk SLP – This resources provides 4 different Christmas/Winter themed paragraphs that contain ‘s’ blends, and ‘sn’ blends. The blends are in initial, medial and final positions.

Carrier Phrases

When working on the initial sn-blend sound using a carrier phrase can be a great idea. 

  1. S clusters FREEBIE – Carrier Phrases for Speech Therapy by Speech Tree Co – This resources provides carrier phrases for 7 different /s/ clusters!
  2. I Spy /s/ blends game by Leap onto the Lilypad – You can use the carrier phrase, “I Spy..” during this single word, s blends game.
  3. Speech Artic – initial /sm/ and /sn/ consonant blends: Straight-6 Bingo Game by Jackie G – You can use the carrier phrase, “I pick the word..” while practicing saying initial /sm/ and /sn/ consonant blends at the word or sentence level in this fun Bingo-style game.

In Conclusion: SN Words Speech Therapy

We hope you have found this article helpful for working on your child or student’s initial “sn” blend sound. 

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    Thursday 19th of May 2022

    Love the easy to use format!

    Melissa Berg

    Tuesday 24th of May 2022

    Hi Lindsay! I'm so happy to hear you love the easy format of this resource. All my best, Melissa

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