These CVC word board games provide fun practice for children and help them build confidence as readers. Just print the CVC word board games (below) and get ready for some serious reading excitement.

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In the early stages of reading, children begin blending sounds together to read CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words. New readers can sound out CVC words slowly, one sound at a time and then put them together to form the word.

Getting Ready

These CVC board games practice words with all 5 of the short vowels (A, E, I, O and U) and are available in color or black and white. For repeated use, I printed them in color and placed them in a sheet protector. You could laminate them instead if you’d like.

We used counting bears as game pieces and grabbed a die. (We changed it up after a few rounds and used a jumbo colorful die, which made it even more exciting!)

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Playing the CVC Word Game

Kids rolled the die, moved that number of spaces, and read the CVC word they landed on. We kept it simple and took turns rolling and reading and whoever got to the end first was the winner!

There are so many different ways you could play this game:

  • You could roll again when you read the word correctly.
  • You could play as a team and if someone doesn’t know the word, the group helps.

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  • You can use the black and white version for kids to take home. This is a little different because it can be played solo! Simply roll, count the spaces, then read and color the word. Kids keep playing until they have colored all of the CVC words.

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Extend the Game

To get some extra practice with CVC words, there are also flashcards in the download that include all the words in the board games! You could use them simply as flashcards, spelling cards or you can print 2 sets and play card games such as Memory or Go Fish with a partner.

Ready to Play?

Are you ready to practice reading CVC words? Simply click the blue download button below!

Snag your free game below and then hop over and grab 14 more board games for your collection in our shop!

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      1. You are very welcome, Diane!
        So glad you are enjoying the freebies 🙂
        Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

  1. Love the free CVC game board and word cards! By chance is there any way you can put dots under each letter of the CVC word cards to our students can practice touching underneath the letter to say the sound? We are working on blending these sounds. Thank you!

    1. Thanks, Maryann! I hope your students love them as much as we do!

  2. Hey Maryann,
    Your CVC board game is amazing, but I can’t download it 🙁 Is there an error that I am making? I am clicking on the big blue ‘download here’ button. any chance you could email it to me?
    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Sarah,
      Thanks for reaching out. I’m sorry you’re having trouble downloading. We never want that.
      Please check to be sure you’ve enabled pop-ups from our site. Even if you’ve been able to download before, the site was recently updated and you may need to do so again. We also recommend using the Chrome browser. For instructions on how to enable pop ups in Chrome, you can check out THIS ARTICLE.
      You can also check out our troubleshooting video HERE for help. If you still can’t get it to work, you can email me at and I will get it to you.
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

  3. Hello Malia,
    I am clicking on your download button for the CVC game boards and am not able to open anything. Just wondering if it is disabled.

  4. Thank you so much. Such a great help for my kids learning at home. More power

  5. Thank you for your freebie. You saved me so much time!

  6. Thank you so much for the game ideas. I’m part of a non-profit organization “Always Hope Ministries” where we had a summer program that helped several children maintain/gain their reading skills. We are putting together another project for the same children and hopefully more. We are always looking for entertaining/learning games. Love these! Thank you.

    1. That is so wonderful! I am so glad that you are excited about the games! Fingers crossed that your students love them as well!
      Kaylee // Playdough to Plato

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