With fall in the air, it will soon be a great time to visit a pumpkin patch and enjoy some super fun pumpkin learning activities. These pumpkin CVC puzzles are the perfect hands-on game for beginning readers and will make a fun addition to literacy centers!

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Getting Ready

To prepare these fun pumpkin CVC puzzles, I printed out the download (below) and laminated the pages. While you don’t have to, you may choose to print on cardstock to keep the pieces extra sturdy since they will be handled often.

I cut out all of the pumpkins by following the solid black lines. Then, I cut on the dotted lines so that each pumpkin was in three pieces.

Pumpkin CVC puzzles 1

Pumpkin CVC Puzzles

Once the puzzles were prepared, it was time to play! There are 20 puzzles total, one for each short vowel a, e, i, o and u.

I chose to mix all of the pieces into one basket for a literacy center, but you could also do one vowel at a time in small groups or choose just the medial vowels you are working on.

My favorite part of these puzzles is that they offer a “helper” or clue for kids as they complete them in the form of a small picture in the corner of the word to build. This helps kids get started and allows them to check if the word they built is correct and matches the picture.

Pumpkin CVC puzzles 2

The kids and I sorted all of the pieces with pictures on them into one pile, and then took turns pulling a card to see which word puzzle we would complete.

The first student pulled a picture of a pig. We had its beginning sound, /p/,  but we had to decide what other two sounds we heard in the word.

Pig…. /p/ /i/ /g/.

We stretched out the word together and hunted for an i and a g to complete the puzzle.

We continued pulling picture pieces and building CVC words until all of the pumpkins were complete! Such a fun, fall-themed word family activity for kids.

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  1. Hi! I think these CVC pumpkins are fantastic, but there is an error when I try to download them. Can you help me find the right link? Thank you!

  2. Hello! such a great activity but I cannot seem to download it. It sends me to another page. Thank

  3. Hi!
    I am trying the new link, but I am not able to open these either. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hi Kimberly,

      If you click on the blue “Download Here” button, you’ll get a pop-up that prompts you to enter your name and email address. After providing this information, you’ll be directed to the PDF. If you aren’t seeing these, check to see if your browser is blocking pop-ups from the site. You could also try from a different browser like Firefox. Please let me know if you’re not able to grab the puzzles!

      Sarah // Playdough to Plato Team

  4. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome activities you have been such a great support and your wonderful activities have helped me in planning so much, THANK YOU!!!!

    1. Hi!
      We’re thrilled to hear that our resources have been so helpful for you! We hope your students enjoy using them as well. Please reach out if we can ever help you find anything!
      Sarah // Playdough to Plato Team

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