Short O CVC Word Building Phonics Game

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As both a parent and a teacher, I love being able to find new ways to make learning to read a fun and hands-on activity. Teaching your kids letters and sounds will help them build a strong foundation in phonics and phonemic awareness. Being able to apply those skills early on will help them on their journey to learning to read. Once children can segment the sounds in short CVC words orally and know most letters and sounds they are ready to begin blending and spelling CVC words.

In this Short O CVC Word Building Phonics Game, your children practice 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!


Setting up this activity is so easy!

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

Free printable Short O CVC Word Game for PreK and Kindergarten

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.

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.

Step 1-Identify the Short O Word

Tap each dot to segment the sounds in the word.

Step 2-Tap to segment the sounds in the word-Phonics for Kindergarten

Build the word with magnetic letters or another letter manipulative.

Step 3-Build the Word-Short O CVC Word Building Mat for Pre-K and Kindergarten

Write the word. (We recommend placing the sheet in a laminated pouch and using a dry erase marker to write and erase easily.)

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.

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Get Your FREE Short O CVC Word Building Phonics Game

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

Complete the form below to request your copy.

More Ways to Practice CVC Words

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

This set includes interactive digital and printable sets of activities to help children learn to read and spell short O 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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