CVC words are typically the first words a child learns to read. They are the easiest to decode and sound out based on their letter sounds, and mastering them is an important early reading skill.
There are many ways to practice cvc words, and the more practice a child can get, the faster they will learn to read. I like to use a combination of hands on activities, worksheets and reading passages practice to work on these beginning words.
This week we discovered a fun new way to practice our cvc words. This game harnesses the fun of magnets and pairs it with bright colored, plastic letters to build words. Children must sound out their words and then decide if they are a real or nonsense word.
CVC Words Game 1
This game is AMAZINGLY fun and so simple to prep! It makes a fantastic literacy center.
You will need:
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To set it up:
- Sort the plastic letters. Separate the consonants from the vowels. (Hint: This could be another fun center idea, and the kids can separate them for you.)
- Take 3 plastic cups. Write C V C on the fronts of the cups using the sharpie marker. Split the consonants you sorted earlier into the two “C” cups. Place all of the vowels in the “V” cup.
- Hand the children 3 magnet wands. Have them fish one letter out of each cup using a wand. Line the wands up, and sound out the word.
You can have the children record the cvc words on a sheet. If the word is a real word it can go in one column. If it is a nonsense word, it can go in the other.
CVC Words Game 2
Kids absolutely love this clip and read cvc words game that you make with pool noodles. It works in a tub as pictured, or you can also do it on the ledge of a book case or the back of a chair. Click on this picture to see how I put it together.
CVC Words Worksheets
Here are some other great options for practicing cvc words. Click on this one for a fun FREE printable.
This fun set gives kids extra practice sorting out real and nonsense words. Children are still working on their cvc decoding sounds, and sometimes it more fun to read fake words that it is the real ones. They LOVE it!
I’m so happy you stopped by to check out these fun cvc words ideas. I hope they are helpful, and Happy Reading!