Christmas Lights Vowel Sort

Combine learning and fun with this playful Christmas Lights Vowel Sort. It’s the perfect hands-on activity to help students review their long and short vowels!

Getting Ready

To prep, I printed the Christmas Lights Vowel Sort (below) on cardstock and laminated it for extra durability. I wanted to be able to use the center year after year.

Once I laminated, I cut out the puzzles. I found it easiest to cut out each puzzle in its completed shape and then go back and cut the individual pieces.


Once cut out, I placed the pieces in a pencil box so students would have all of the pieces in one place when it was their turn to access the center.

Christmas Tree Lights Vowel Sort

The Christmas Tree Lights Vowel Sort (below) contained 10 different puzzles, covering all short and long vowels for A, E, I, O and U.

Each puzzle had three pictures: the Christmas tree let students know what vowel they were focusing on and whether or not it was long or short.

The other two pictures were Christmas lights containing a different picture with the corresponding vowel.


To start, I gave a small group of students one of the vowel cards and had them sort through all of the light puzzle pieces looking for the two pictures that had the matching vowels. To keep it manageable, I only gave them the short vowel light bulbs and saved the long vowel cards for another day.

The short U Christmas tree was paired with the “bug” and “duck”. The short E had “nest” and “web”.


Meanwhile, another group of kids was ready to work on short and long vowels at the same time. We laid out all ten vowel Christmas trees (five long and five short) on the floor.

Students picked up the light puzzle pieces one at a time and matched it to the correct puzzle. They knew that they were finished when all of the puzzles had three pieces.



If you have students that you think may become overwhelmed with having all ten puzzles out at once, start small. You can have them sort only a long vowel puzzle and a short vowel puzzle for a given letter.

If they can handle more than that, give them only the short vowel puzzles or long vowel puzzles. As they master those, add more into the center. We want to set our students up for success and not frustrate them in the process.

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  1. Sarah

    Ooooh I love love love all your activities. Thank you so much for all the freebies, they are AMAZING as I live in Colombia and I am homeschooling very unexpectedly this year due to quarantine restrictions here. I have a question! I cannot upload the Christmas Light Vowel Sort. It says page not found. Could you please help me?



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