Examples of Consonant Blends + Word List

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Updated January 5, 2023
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When there are two consonants together and each makes its own sound, it's called a consonant blend. Consonant blends are more common than you think — you probably read and say hundreds of them a day! Take a look at some consonant blend examples and consonant blend lists to help you understand this basic phonics concept.

Two-Letter Consonant Blend Examples

Consonant blends, also defined as consonant clusters, appear in words of all lengths. You're likely to find them in CCVC words, but they can be found in longer words as well. For example, in the word "drink," the letters "d" and "r" are part of a two-letter consonant blend. You can clearly hear the sounds of both of these letters, making it a consonant blend. Take a look at more examples of two-letter consonant blends that you see every day.


L-Blend Examples

When the second letter in a two-letter consonant blend is an "l," it’s called an l-blend. In fact, the word "blend" is an l-blend! More examples of l-blends include:

Blend Shorter Words Longer Words
bl-blends black, blow, blue blanket, blouse, blunder
cl-blends clam, clap, close clarify, clever, cluster
fl-blends flat, flip, flute flower, fluffy, flutter
gl-blends glad, glow, glue glamour, glitter, global
pl-blends plan, play, plug platter, please, plenty
sl-blends slam, sled, slop sleeve, sleigh, slipper

R-Blend Examples

When the second letter in a two-letter consonant blend is an "r," it’s called an r-blend. Most of the consonants above can be found in r-blends as well.

Blend Shorter Words

Longer Words

br-blends brag, brim, brown bracelet, bright, brother
cr-blends crab, crow, cry crayon, create, cricket
dr-blends draw, drop, dry dragon, dresser, drowsy
fr-blends frog, from, free freezer, friend, frosting
gr-blends grab, grin, grow grandparent, gratitude, grocery
pr-blends pray, price, pride practice, pretty, promise
tr-blends tray, tree, try tractor, treasure, trustworthy

S-Blend and T-Blend Examples

The last two types of two-letter consonant blends involve "s" and "t." When the first letter in a two-letter consonant blend is an "s," it’s an s-blend, and when it’s a "t," it’s called a t-blend.

Blend Shorter Words Longer Words
sc-blends scab, scale, scar scooter, scorpion, sculpture
sk-blends ski, skip, sky skeleton, sketch, skinny
sm-blends smart, smell, smile smitten, smooth, smudge
sn-blends snap, snob, snow sneaker, sneeze, snuggle
sp-blends spend, spit, spot special, spinach, sponge
st-blends star, step, stop stocking, storage, stuffing
sw-blends swan, sweet, swim sweater, swollen, swindle
tw-blends twig, twirl, twin twelve, twenty, twinkle

Three-Letter Consonant Blend Examples

Three-letter consonant blends are made up of three consonants that aren’t separated by any vowels. Like two-letter blends, you still say the sound of each letter when you pronounce the blends. Common three-letter consonant blends include:

Blend Shorter Words Longer Words
scr-blends scrap, screw, scrub scratch, scream, scribble
shr-blends shred, shrub, shrug shriek, shrimp, shrivel
spl-blends splat, splay, split splash, splendid, splinter
spr-blends spray, spree, sprig spread, spring, sprinkle
str-blends strap, stray, strip strange, street, struggle
thr-blends three, threw, throb thread, throat, through

Consonant Blends vs. Consonant Digraphs

When two consonants together make a single distinct sound, it is called a consonant digraph. There are still two letters, but you can only hear one sound. Common digraphs include:

  • ch - change, chill, churn
  • sh - shake, shout, shut
  • th - that, think, thud
  • wh - what, where, why

It can be hard to tell the difference between consonant blends and digraphs. All you need to remember is that digraphs create only one sound, while blends carry both sounds forward.

Printable List of Common Consonant Blends

If you'd like a list of the common consonant blends, download and print the list below. It's a great way to double-check your phonics and writing skills!

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Consonant Blends Word List

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Learn to Blend

Many of these consonant blends probably look familiar to you since we all use words with them on a daily basis. Part of understanding how words sound in English is learning to use or recognize consonant blends. As a fun consonant blend activity, see if you can make your own consonant blend sentences by using as many l-blends, r-blends, s-blends, or t-blends as you can in one sentence.