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CVC Word Puzzles

Are you looking for a fun reading activities 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 consonant-vowel-consonant words.

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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, fill out the form below. Next, download and print the puzzles that you need.

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Then, laminate the puzzles so your kids can use them over and over. Finally, cut the pieces apart and put them in a resealable plastic bag or pencil pouch.

How To Use The CVC Word Puzzles:

For this word work activity, your kids will first pick a puzzle piece with a picture on it.

consonant-vowel-consonant activity

Next, they will identify the picture and decode the sounds in the word.

CVC Words

Your kids will then find the three puzzle pieces with the letters that spell the CVC word and put the puzzle together. 

Word Work Puzzles

If your kids are just staring blend sounds, 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.

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For more a more difficult activity, have your kids can work on more then one middle sound. It’s easy to differentiate this activity for your students! 

Word Work Activity

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

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If you are looking for more word work activities for your young learners, try these free printable resources:

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Are you looking for CVC Word Activities for your students? This bundle has a variety of fun, hands-on activities!

You can use these word work resources for literacy centers, morning tubs, small groups, and more.

Click on the picture to learn more about the different CVC word activities included in this bundle!

Download The CVC Word Puzzles:

To get these word puzzles for your young learners, fill out the form below with your name and email address.  



Tuesday 6th of June 2023

Thank you so much! God bless you all♥️♥️♥️


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Monday 30th of January 2023

Great activities! My firsties love them!

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.

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