Short E CVC Word Building Phonics Game

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I love finding new ways to make learning how to read a fun and hands-on experience. Teaching your kids letters and sounds will help them build a strong foundation in phonics and phonemic awareness. As they apply those skills they will be well on their way to learning how to read. Once children can segment the sounds in short CVC words orally and know most letters and sounds they are ready to beginning blending and spelling CVC words.

In this Short E CVC Word Building Phonics Game, your children practice to identifying, segmenting, building, and writing short vowel words for spelling and reading practice.

This CVC word building phonics game is designed for prekindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade and was inspired by our popular CVC word building mats. These mats focus on words with a mix of short vowel sounds, and I received multiple requests to create individual sets for each short vowel sound.

This new series of free printables will include specific word prompts for each short vowel so kids can focus on spelling CVC words with each new vowel they learn. Get your copy. Then add it to your file for teaching each short vowel sound in kindergarten and first grade. You’ll have an instant small group or literacy center activity printed and ready to go!

Free printable short e cvc phonics word game for kindergarten

Also check out these videos to help introduce your children to CVC short e words!


Setting up this activity is a breeze.

First, print out your free printable Short E CVC Word Building Phonics Game (available below). Add in either the word prompt cards or some small toys that relate to CVC words.

Be sure to introduce the words used to your children before asking them to do the activity independently. That way children are familiar with the words. We’ve also included a quick reference answer key for kids to refer to as needed.

Free printable short e CVC phonics word building mat for preK and kindergarten

Cover your CVC Word Building Mat with a dry erase pocket, sheet protector, or laminate it for repeated use with dry-erase markers. Gather letter manipulatives and a dry erase marker, and you’re set! Game cards can be placed in a bag or face down in a stack so kids can draw them at random.


For each prompt card kids will:

Place the card in the top left box.

Reusable mat for phonics shot e CVC game

Tap each dot to segment the sounds in the word. This section is designed to help kids orally segment and break apart the sounds in the word. Isolating these sounds will help them spell the word in the next section.

Build the word with magnetic letters or another letter manipulative. We’re using magnetic letters here, but you could also use letter tiles, letter rocks or any small letter manipulative you have on hand.

Write the initial and final letters to spell the word. This provided additional fine motor practice and help with learning letter formation. (We recommend using a laminated sheet, not using a pencil.)

Optional Recording sheet for CVC short e word game

Erase and repeat with a new prompt card.

Optional: On a separate sheet of paper have kids record which words they built during their time at the center. This provides extra writing practice and shows how many words they worked on. Kids can also check their answers using the Answer Key if desired.

Quick reference short e word list for self-checking

Get Your FREE Short E CVC Word Building Phonics Game

The free printable Short E CVC Word Building Phonics Game includes the board game in color and black and white as well as the optional recording sheet.

Click the pink button below to request your copy. (Be sure there are no pop up blockers preventing the window from opening.)

Click here to request the free printable.

More Ways to Practice CVC Words

Help Students Apply What They are Learning with Our 4-in-1 CVC Short E Digital Activities Bundle

This set includes interactive digital and printable sets of activities to help children learn to read and spell short E CVC words. Choose from four different sets available in Google Slides, Seesaw and a PDF printable option.


The activity pack is also available on Teachers Pay Teachers.

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