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CVC Word Puzzles

Are you looking for a fun CVC activity for your beginning readers? Try these fun CVC Word Puzzles! This word work activity is a hands-on way to practice sounding out and decoding.


CVC Word Puzzles

CVC Word Puzzles:

What is a CVC word? It is a three letter word made up of a consonant, vowel, and consonant such as hat, leg, six, mom, and cup. When a vowel is followed by a consonant, it is a closed syllable and makes the vowel say its sound. CVC words are considered the simplest words for beginning readers because each letter makes its sound so they can decode and sound it out. 


Getting Ready To Use The CVC Word Puzzles:

What’s Included:

  • 40 CVC Word Puzzles
    • a CVC words: dad, bag, jam, can, fan, man, bat, cat, mat, wax.
    • e CVC words: bed, red, leg, peg, pen, ten, pet.
    • i CVC words: six, kid, wig, mix, pin, win, zip
    • o CVC words: cob, pod, log, mom, cop, pop, mom, top
    • u CVC words: hug, nun, nut, run, jug, cut, gum, tux


What Else Is Needed:

  • White Card Stock or Copy Paper
  • Laminator and Laminating Pouches
  • Scissors
  • Resealable Plastic Bag



To prepare this word work activity, click on the pencil below to download and print the puzzles that you need. I like to print my resources on white card stock, because it is more durable. But, you can use copy paper too. Next, laminate the puzzles so your kids can use them over and over. Then, cut the pieces apart and put them in a resealable plastic bag or pencil pouch.


CVC Word Activity


How To Use The CVC Word Puzzles:

Your kids will pick a puzzle piece with a picture on it. Next, they will identify the picture and decode the sounds in the word. Your kids will then find the three puzzle pieces with the letters that spell the CVC word and put the puzzle together. 

CVC Words


You can easily differentiate this word work activity for your kids. For young children, they can work on one middle sound at a time such as putting all of the puzzles together that have the short /a/medial sound. For more a more difficult activity, have your kids can work on more then one middle sound. 

These CVC Word Puzzles are a fun, interactive CVC activity for beginning readers to practice sounding out and decoding words. 


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CVC Word Puzzles


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Download The Freebie:

Click on the pencil below to download and print the free CVC word puzzles! 


Marcelina Ramos

Sunday 17th of April 2022

this is very helpful for my learners who are struggling readers, thanks

Mari Olivier

Tuesday 1st of February 2022

There CVC word puzzles are exactly what I needed for the six year old I am tutoring. Thank you for this amazing product. If helps a lot.

S. Fernandes

Saturday 28th of August 2021

I love the "dad" word card. Looks (ever so slightly) like my boys' Dad. And they will be able to identify with the "leg" skin tone. Thank-you so much for including some non-caucasian people in this set! <3