Free Printable Back to School Spin and Build Word Work Mats

These Back to School Spin and Build Word Work Mats are perfect for literacy centers! Use for phonics skills and high frequency words.

These back to school theme word work mats are perfect for literacy centers in kindergarten and first grade. The kids will have lots of fun spinning a word, building the word and then writing the word.

Editable Back to School Spin and Build Word Work Mats

Your kids will love this fun learning crayon-themed activity. It is editable so it can be used for math or literacy centers. You could make the mats for letter sounds, sight words, CVC words, or spelling words. For math, you could type in math facts or numbers.

Your pre-k, kindergarten, or first-grade students will love practicing their skills on these fun mats. They are customizable for all your learning needs.

There are ten spaces for you to fill in on each board. Those ten words will then auto-populate into the spinner. The activity includes two sets of spin and build mats; a black and white version and a color version.

Free printable back to school word work activity mats for learning to read and write words. Perfect for phonics, letters and letter sounds, high frequency words and more!

Low-prep word work!

This fun and engaging activity pack includes a set up chart that you fill in with whatever topic you want your students to practice. The chart has ten spots to complete, and then it will automatically put those words into a spinner.

Your students will spin the spinner, and then they will feed the crayon box those letters or numbers. There are also lines at the bottom for the student to write the word or letter

All you need to do is fill in the ten spaces and print. You can slide them into wipe and write pockets or laminate for durability. This resource includes a black and white AND color option for more printing options.

Setting Up the Back to School Activity Mats

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Supplies Needed:

  • Back-to-School Spin and Build Mats (button to access the resource at the bottom of this post)
  • Write and wipe pockets (optional)
  • transparent spinners
  • letter or number manipulatives
  • dry erase marker or writing utensil


  1. Print the mats.
  2. Slide the mats into write and wipe pockets OR laminate them.
  3. Gather other manipulatives.
  4. Store the entire activity in a large bag or storage container.
Back to school word work mats for kids in kindergarten and first grade. Type in CVC words, spelling words, high frequency words or any other words you want.

How to Use the Spin and Build Mats

To begin, each child gets a mat. They will then place a transparent spinner over the spinner on the mat . Once they spin, they build the word they landed on inside the crayon box’s mouth. Finally, they will write that word on the line.

For example, if the game board has CVC words on it. The student will spin the spinner and land on the word “cat.” They will then build the word in the mouth of the crayon box. Lastly, they will write the word “cat” on the line. Then, erase and spin again. The line is long enough for students to write the word more than once, if you would like.

Your students will be engaged in fun and learning while using these read, build, and write mats! You can cover so many concepts since the mats are editable.

They could be used to practice CVC words, words with digraphs or blends, high frequency words or spelling words.

They also work great for math skills like counting, addition facts, number recognition and more.

I just love all the possibilities!

Practice phonics skills like blends, digraphs and more while using these hands-on interactive word work mats.

Easy to differentiate!

These free printable mats are so versatile because they are editable to fit your classroom needs! Some students can work on letters, while others work on CVC words, and higher students can work on high frequency words.

I love these mats for a fun way to practice spelling words! Each student can be working on the words they struggle with the most. It gives them a hands-on learning experience that can’t be beaten.

Instead of using letter or number manipulatives to build the word, students could use play dough to make the word. Adding in a sensory option for another learning experience is always a great idea! Plus, they would be building their fine motor muscles.

These mats could even be filled with addition or subtraction sentences that the students must practice and then complete the answer! They could use math cubes to build a tower to match the number sentence or use mini erasers to show the number sentence. They could even use magnet numbers to show the math sentence and answer.

Teachers could use these spin and build mats for literacy centers, math centers, word work stations, small group activities, morning tubs, early finishers, tutoring groups, a home learning task, and so much more!

Back to school editable word work activity mats for phonics skills, high frequency words, CVC words, spelling words and even letters and numbers!

The beginning of the school year can be tough and overwhelming, so take some lesson planning off your plate with this editable back to school activity! The possibilities are endless!

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