CVC Puzzles

Activity for ages 5 to 6.

CVC onset rime puzzles are a fun way to help beginning readers learn how to recognize common chunks in words such as “at” and “ip”. These print and play puzzles make an awesome addition to a literacy center, word work station or guided reading group.

Getting Ready

To prep for the activity, I began by printing the cards (below) on cardstock to give them extra durability. Then I cut along the  lines to separate the pieces and ran them through my laminator for added strength.


Puzzle Time

First, I modeled how to break a CVC word into an onset and rime.

Using “cat” as an example, I slid together both halves of the puzzle as I said the word slowly – emphasizing the onset “c” and the rime “at”.

The kids practiced saying “cat – /c/ /at/” with me and then they worked in pairs to solve the rest of the puzzles in the set. Each time they found a match, I had them say the onset and rime separately and then slide the halves together as they said the whole word. The hands-on action was a great visual for teaching their brain how to combine parts of words together.

The kids in my class loved solving the puzzles and the activity became a fast favorite at our word work station!


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  1. Fluffy

    Thank you so much for the wonderful resources.
    I can hardly wait to get them printed and start using them in my classroom!

    • Kimberleigh

      Hooray Fluffy! I am so glad that you found some wonderful resources to use in your classroom.
      Happy planning!

  2. Antonia

    Congratulations on your wonderful resources. I work as a learning support educator, your resources would help any child succeed, thanks.

  3. Amanda

    I am trying to download this item and it keeps sending to an “unknown website” page, instead sending the item to my mailbox.

  4. jeong

    I like it very much



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