These free CVC games and child-friendly worksheets help kids learn to identify short vowels and break words into individual sounds called phonemes.

Grab your set of free CVC games below and then practice any words under the sun with our Editable Word Work Games!

CVC Games: What’s Inside?

The free CVC games include:

CVC Board Games

Each player has to roll the dice and sound out the individual sounds of the CVC word they land on. They then identify the vowel sound and write the word on the game recording sheet below the corresponding heading. For example, if a player lands on “cab” they need to say “cab, /c/ /a/ /b/, cab has an “a” sound.” Then, they’ll write “cab” below the short a heading.


The activity helps new readers practice the skill of oral segmenting which involves breaking a word down into phonemes (individual sounds). For example, “cat” is broken down into the phonemes /c/ /a/ /t/ and “dog” has the phonemes /d/ /o/ /g/.

Oral segmenting is important for helping kids spell, rhyme and notice patterns in words.  And these CVC games make it fun!

Short Vowel Worksheets

The first two worksheets require children to look at the picture and write the missing vowel. The third worksheet is a fun word search where children can use a different color to represent each vowel sound.


Once again, this set of activities gives kids practice identifying vowel sounds and breaking words into individual phonemes.

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  1. Thanks a lot. I really got a good idea from your games. I love it.

  2. These are brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing x

  3. Hello – I would love to access this free resource. Once I received the download, it wouldn’t let me print it without a password 🙁 Any idea why?


    1. Hi Anna,

      The issue with printing should be fixed! If you download it again, you should be able to print. Please let me know if it doesn’t work for you!

      Sarah // Playdough to Plato Team

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