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Free SLP Z Materials, Games, Activities, Flashcards, and more!

Free SLP Z Materials, Games, Activities, Flashcards, and more!

FreeSLP offers tons of virtual SLP materials for the Z Sound. To help target the Z sound in the initial, medial, and final positions, we have created Z Tic-Tac-Toe, Connect 4, Virtual Flashcards, Virtual Progression Cards, Battleship, Spot-It, Candy Land, Soccer, Painting, and more!
To view our all free Z sound virtual games and materials, click below:

We also have tons of free no-prep downloadable Z sound materials. Z sound printables that we currently have include: Z Flashcards, QR Code Scavenger Hunt, Progression Cards, Spot-It, Word Finds, Tic-Tac-Toe, Bingo, Candy Land, Connect 4, Battleship and more! If you're looking for more engaging ways to teach the Z sound, hopefully you find these materials helpful!
To view our all free Z sound virtual games and materials, click below:

Virtual materials to target Z from the isolation level all the way up to the conversational level! Whether you're targeting sounds at the word, phrase, sentence, paragraph, story, or conversational levels, we have free and engaging speech therapy materials for each!
To view our all free Z Hierarchy Activities, click below:

Yes, the Z sound is a voiced sound.

Yes, the Z sound is fricative.

The S and Z sound are produced exactly the same with one exception.  The difference between Z and S is that the S sound is voiceless and the Z sound is a voiced sound.

  1. Zebra
  2. Zero
  3. Zipper
  4. Zest
  5. Zucchini
  6. Zigzag
  7. Zoo
  8. Zephyr
  9. Zenith
  10. Zest
  11. Zelda
  12. Zap
  13. Zest
  14. Zero
  15. Zigzag
  16. Zany
  17. Zillion
  18. Zesty
  19. Zinc
  20. Zone

  1. Busy
  2. Freezer
  3. Lizard
  4. Noisy
  5. Dessert
  6. Fuzzy
  7. Thursday
  8. Dozen
  9. Closet
  10. Razor
  11. Laser
  12. Scissors
  13. Raisin
  14. Lazy
  15. Music
  16. Wizard
  17. Lizard
  18. Desert
  19. Cousin
  20. Poison

  1. Nose
  2. Boys
  3. Bees
  4. Sunrise
  5. Flowers
  6. Cheese
  7. Please
  8. Freeze
  9. Fingers
  10. Dogs
  11. Cookies
  12. Rose
  13. Knees
  14. Hose
  15. Keys
  16. Pigs
  17. Bears
  18. Tease
  19. Legs
  20. Sneeze
  21. Prise
  22. Wise
  23. Fairs
  24. Dougs
  25. Wigs

How to make the “z” sound:

These are general tips for the /z/ sounds.  Lisping behaviors make up a large portion of /z/ errors.

Lateral Lisp (Daffy Duck. Slushy sounding “z”)
Interdental Lisp (“th” for “z”)

  • Tell the child to smile with their lips close together.  We want the lips to be almost touching each other and the top and bottom teeth to be almost touching each other.
  • Have the child place the tip of their tongue super close to the bumpy spot (alveolar ridge) of their gums behind their front teeth, but not touching it!
  • While still keeping the lips and teeth close to one another and the tip of their tongue close to the bumpy spot, have the child blow out a stream of air.
  • Turn on your voice ( voice is the rumbling in your vocal folds.  Have your child/client place their hand on their/your neck during the production of “s” and “z”, and have them feel the difference between the two.  In the production of “s”, there should be no rumble or voicing.  While in the production of “z”, there should be a rumbling or voicing.)

Tricks and Tips for producing the “z” sound:

  • To try and emphasize that we don’t want the tongue to be between the teeth the production of “z”, tell the child that their tongue is a bee and their teeth is the beehive.  We don’t want to let the bee out of the beehive, so we should not see it during the production of “z”!
  • If the child can already say the “s” sound, tell them to make the “s” sound but “turn on their motor or make their throat buzz!”
  • A fun way to practice is to take turns and see who can buzz like a bee the loudest, quietest, or longest.
  • Although we don’t want the tip of the tongue to be touching the bumpy spot during the production of “z’, having the child know exactly where the bumpy spot is located is helpful.  A fun and tasty way to teach the child where it is  production is to put some Nutella, peanut butter, sour candy gel, or any other spreadable food they enjoy on the bumpy ridge. (rubbing a sucker on the target spot can work as well)  Once the child has felt the spot a few times, have the child place their tongue super close to the bumpy spot and blow out air.
  • If the child has siblings, they might be familiar with the phrase “I’m not touching you” where one of their siblings, in an effort to annoy them, puts their finger or hand close to them and says “I’m not touching you!”.  Tell the child to pretend their tongue is the finger and they are trying to get as close to the bumpy ridge as possible without touching it.  If we touch the bumpy ridge, we might get in trouble from our parents!

If you are looking for tips and tricks on how to produce the perfect Z sounds; click the link below:

Z Overview

Target the Z sound at the isolation level with 3 different activities: Isolation Animation, Pop the Bubbles, and Click the Button!


Target Z at the syllable level with our virtual flashcards!


We have three activities for targeting Z at the word level: 1.) Classic flashcards with initial, medial, final, and mixed sets. 2.) Minimal Pair Sliders 3.) Name the Photos (Have the computer give you feedback on your sound productions!)


Z phrase flashcards with sets targeting Z in the initial, medial, final, and mixed positions!


Target Z at the sentence level with our rotating sentences activity!


Our Z story is full of Z target sounds and tongue twisters! Read it yourself or play it out loud and then repeat it back!


We have two ways to target Z at the conversation level: 1.) Silly story scenes full of Z target words. 2.) Conversation starter questions.

Z Virtual Materials

Z Flashcards

Z Progression Cards

Z Soccer Shootout

Z Paint

Z Spot It

Z Escape From Dragon's Dungeon

Z Fish's Flight to Freedom

Z Witch's Brew

Z Summer Sundae Dash

Z Fall Apple Quest

Z Halloween Candy Chompers

Z Thanksgiving Treats

Z Cupid's Valentines Candies

Z Marshmallows' Mad Dash

Z Unicorn Artic Derby

Z Train Track Dash

Z Space Race

Z Flashlight Finder

Z Feed the Bear

Z Pumpkin Carving

Z Build-a-Snowman

Z Thanksgiving Dinner

Z Jeopardy

Z Tic-Tac-Toe

Z Candy Land

Z Connect 4

Z Battleship

Z Artic Ninja

Z Cat Run

Z Volt Runner

Z Artic Clicker

Z Pizza Jumper

Z Artic Cruiser

Z Space Invaders

Z Spot the Differences

Z Dino Hop

Z Matching

Z Treasure Hunt

Z Crossword

Z Word Find 1

Z Word Find 2

Z Boom Cards

Z Artic QR Scavenger Hunt

Z Artic Progression Cards

Z Artic Spot the Match

Initial Artic Z Flashcards

Medial Artic Z Flashcard

Final Artic Z Flashcards

S Articulation Carrier Phrases

Z Articulation Word Find

Z ArticulationTic-Tac-Toe

Z Articulation Coloring Sheet

Z Cartoon Character Flashcards

Z Articulation Dice

Z Articulation Flipbook

Z Artic Bingo

Z Artic Candyland

Z Artic Cariboo Cards

Z Artic Battleship

Z Articulation Connect 4

Z Printables

Free no-prep, virtual, and downloadable options available!

Free SLP articulation word lists, flashcards with pictures, downloadable PDFs and more!

Materials target the Z sound in the initial, medial, and final positions!

Whether you are looking for printable, no-prep, or virtual materials, FreeSLP offers free Z sound activities for students of every level!

We hope these Z articulation activities and exercises for speech therapy help your child / student learn how to make Z sounds!