CVC Puzzles

I have been using these CVC puzzles for about eight years now. My students adore them (even some of the older ones!) and I love how they are kinesthetic. Here is the old version:

I love these - but the writing/cleaning the lamination to rewrite can be annoying. I have also found that they have a tendency to wear away when the humidity goes up!! You can see it a bit on the /a/ in this photo. I keep them in Ziploc bags which may add to the problem!

I created an updated version - with letters already on it.  These are available in black font with a white background. I prefer to print them on colored paper/cardstock so when the students get to the mix and match part of the activity, it will be more fun to use!

These are a great tool for early decoders, I love how they can be used in a variety of ways.

I usually start by giving each student one color that makes a simple word.  Once they have decoded it we mix and match with the other students in the group.  Sometimes the words are real and sometimes they are not, but it is a great decoding activity no matter what!

They work well for short vowel review, using just one vowel and changing beginning/ending. This is a great way to help students who are struggling with a vowel sound - it keeps their attention while they practice many different combinations!

They are also great rhyming tools.  I have found that it really helps my students see how rhymes have the same ending sounds.

They help with focusing on beginning and endings too, for students that might be struggling with one of those concepts.

I love having them near me during Guided Reading groups too - they are easy to use at a moments notice when you have just a few extra minutes (we all know how every minute counts!)

Here is the updated version in colors!

This set is available in my Tpt  store.  It has eight pages of words and letters and one page with blank puzzles for you to create your own. I would love to hear if they will come in handy in your class in the comments!


  1. Thank you for the puzzles. I can't wait to use them.


  2. Had to come share. When I saw these I fell in love cause I love all things rainbow, but the nail part made me think of you! LOL


  3. Aw those are soo cool! I'm definitely going to try that one out - I'll let you know how it goes, thanks!