CVC Middle Vowel Sounds Board Game Printable

Grab this free printable CVC middle vowel sounds board game and have fun while practicing short vowel sounds with your students all year long.

Free CVC vowel sounds phonics activity for literacy centers in kindergarten, first grade or second grade.

CVC Middle Vowel Sounds Board Game

This free printable board game will be a favorite in your classroom! Firstly, because it is low-prep for you, easy to store, and works all year long. Secondly, because your students will love to practice their phonemic awareness skills and play this game. The board game focuses on CVC words with short vowel sounds. CVC means consonant vowel consonant words. These words are the beginning stages of reading and are easy to decode.

The free download has 2 game boards: one color and one black and white. It also contains a spinner and a die for multiple ways to play. This is a fun way to practice phonics skills in your classroom or at home!

Free CVC middle vowel sounds printable board game for reading instruction in kindergarten or first grade.

Quick and Easy Prep

This board game will be one of your favorites due to its quick prep and versatile uses! All you need to do is print either the color board game or the black and white version. Then laminate or slide the board games into write and wipe pockets for added durability.

Then print the spinner or die. If you chose the spinner, cut it out and you are ready to play. You will need a pencil and paperclip for the spinning part. If you chose the die, cut it out, fold along the dotted lines, and tape or glue it together.

Gather a few small manipulatives for game pieces. You are ready to play!

Free printable CVC middle vowel sounds board game to practice identifying vowel sounds in words.

Setting Up the Board Game

Supplies Needed:

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  • CVC middle vowel sounds board game, dice, and spinner printable (button to download at the bottom of this post)
  • Small manipulatives to use as game pieces
  • tape or glue (if using the die)
  • pencil and paperclip (if using the spinner)
  • scissors
  • Write and wipe pockets (optional)


  1. Print the game board and slide it into a write and wipe pocket for durability. You can also laminate them.
  2. Print the die or spinner
  3. If using the die, cut it out and fold along the dotted lines. Then, tape or glue the edges together to create a cube. If using the spinner, cut it out and use a pencil and paperclip for a spinner.
  4. Gather manipulatives for game pieces.
  5. Label and store in a baggie or file folder.
Free printable phoneme isolation activity for practice with identifying middle vowel sounds in CVC words.

Playing the Game

If using the die, students will roll the die and find the next picture that contains that vowel sound. Then, they move their piece to that game space and the next person rolls the die. Play continues until someone reaches the finish space.

If using the spinner, students will place the paperclip on the spinner mat and place a pencil in the middle. While holding the pencil still, the student will flick the paperclip to make it spin on the pencil. The student gets to move their game piece to the next picture that contains that short vowel sound that the paperclip landed on. Play continues until someone reaches the finish space.

Free printable phonemic awareness board game activity for practicing phoneme isolation.

Ideas For More Sound Games

For more advanced students, you could provide them with a recording sheet and they could write the words for the spaces they landed on. They could also use those words in a sentence. Another option would be to have the students record the vowel that they landed on instead of the whole word. This would be a simpler differentiation idea.

For struggling students, you could use a regular die and have them move that many spaces. Then, they could verbally tell you the CVC word and the short vowel sound that their picture contains. This game board would work great for a literacy center, fast finishers, tutoring, and so much more!

This CVC middle vowel sound board game is the perfect thing to get your students to practice their short vowel sounds. It is sure to make learning these important skills both fun and effective! Check out my long vowel freebies to build your classroom library of activities!

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