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. I am not able to get the resources to download using the download button. Could you please email me the activities or a link that works? These look like exactly what I need. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hi Amanda,
      When you click the blue “Download Here” button, a pop-up should open. You can try checking to make sure your browser isn’t blocking pop-ups from the site or try using a different browser. Let me know if you’re not able to get the games!
      Sarah // Playdough to Plato Team

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