Apple CVC Matching Clip Cards Printable for Kindergarten

Check out these free apple CVC matching clip cards! Students will practice decoding CVC words and strengthen their fine motor skills with this simple resource!

Free printable apple theme CVC words reading activity for fall literacy centers.

Apple CVC Matching Clip Cards

This free printable phonics activity will be a great addition to your classroom! While using it, your students will work on letter sounds, short vowel sounds, reading skills, and fine motor muscles with just one resource! The apple CVC word cards would be great in a kindergarten or first grade setting where students are learning to read.

CVC words are so important for little learners because they lay the foundation for reading.

CVC words are words that are made of a consonant, followed by a short vowel, followed by another consonant. These words follow the phonetic rules and are easy to decode for new readers.

Free printable CVC decoding activity for your apple theme literacy centers.

Super Simple

Once you get the printable clip cards, you will need to print, cut, and laminate. Next, gather some clothespins and you are ready to roll! This could be a fun and engaging word work station, literacy center, or small group activity. The apple theme is so cute and perfect for the fall!

To make this printable activity self-checking, you could put stickers or make marks on the back of the cards for the correct answers. Then the student would read the word and put their clothespin on the picture. Then, they could turn it over and see if they made the word match the picture.

Free printable apple theme phonics activity for learning to decode CVC words.

Setting Up the Apple CVC Matching Clip Cards

Supplies Needed:

  • Apple CVC Word Cards (button to get them at the bottom of this post)
  • Clothespins, clips, or paperclips


  1. Print the cards. There are 4 cards per page.
  2. Laminate the cards.
  3. Cut the cards apart.
  4. Slide the cards and clothespins or clips into a baggie or tray for easy storage and grab and go access.

Playing the Matching Activity

The students will pick a card and read the CVC word in the apple. On the side of the card, there are 3 picture options. Once the student has decoded the word, they will use their clothespin to clip the picture that matches the word. If you make your cards self-checking, they would then flip the card over and check their answer.

Free printable apple theme reading activity for decoding CVC words.

Need More Ideas?

These clip cards would be great for early finishers to practice their literacy skills while staying quiet so everyone else can finish working.

For your students that need a little extra work, you could have them write their CVC words on a recording sheet or have them use their CVC words in a sentence.

If you have a student struggling with reading CVC words, I would limit the number of cards you place in front of them. A huge stack of cards can be overwhelming and may cause the child to shut down. You could also select cards that have certain letters or sounds you are working on with the child.

These CVC clip cards are super versatile and can be used to meet your instructional needs as well as the needs of your students developmentally. You can incorporate these into whole group lessons, small group lessons, literacy centers, word work, or use them for independent practice, morning work, or literacy warm-ups.

Printable apple CVC clip cards for learning to decode CVC words in kindergarten and first grade.

This free printable will be so fun for your kids to practice their CVC words and it is so simple for you to prep! Win-win!

Click the button below to get the apple CVC matching clip cards. Enjoy!

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