CVC Words Clip Cards Free Printable

Engage students with these free printable CVC words clip cards for practice with a variety of phonics skills and fine motor skills.

Free printable CVC words clip cards phonics activity for learning to read simple CVC words in kindergarten and first grade.

CVC Words Clip Cards Free Printable

This free reading activity comes with 20 clip cards for practice with CVC words while building fine motor skills. Add them to your literacy centers for lots of fun and learning all year long!

Kindergarteners spend a lot of time practicing CVC words because they are the foundation for reading. CVC words are easy to decode, follow the basic phonetic rules, and are usually included in the child’s vocabulary.

Your students will use their knowledge of letters and sounds and word family patterns to practice sounding out CVC words and matching the correct picture with the word on the card.

The resource includes words like map, pen, lip, pot, and sun. There are words with all the short vowels for lots of reading practice.

Free printable CVC words phonics activity for kids who are learning to read.

3-Step Prep

This fun learning activity will be ready in no time with three easy steps! Print, cut, laminate, DONE! Don’t spend all your prep time creating CVC word activities when I have you covered.

Gather some clothespins or cute clips, and your students will be ready to practice in no time.

Learn to read CVC words in a fun, hands-on way with this simple phonics activity.

Setting Up the CVC Words Clip Cards

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Supplies Needed:

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


  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.
Use this CVC words phonics activity in your literacy centers or small group instruction.

Learning to Read CVC Words

Students will pick a card and look at the word printed on the card. Then they will sound out the CVC word and read it out loud to themselves.

Then they will look at the picture choices and choose the one that matches the word by clipping it with a clothespin. Don’t want to use clothespins? Slide the cards into wipe and write pockets and use dry-erase markers to circle the matching picture. Or have students mark their answers with mini erasers.

Make the cards self-checking by adding a small dot or sticker to the back of the card to mark the correct choice. When students have made their choice, they can flip the card over to check if they were right.

They are perfect for kindergarten and first-grade students to practice independently, with a partner or in a small group.

A fun CVC word work phonics activity for learning to sound out and blend sounds in CVC words.

Lots of Uses

These CVC word cards would be so beneficial for multiple levels of readers. Your beginning readers can practice putting sounds together and ensuring the words match the pictures.

While more advanced readers can write their word choices on a recording sheet. By writing their answers, they would be practicing sounding out the word and writing the correct matching letter and letter formations.

Even higher students could be asked to use their words in a sentence or think of rhyming words to match the words on their cards.

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

A free printable CVC word work activity for kids.

Your kids will love these non-themed CVC clip cards to practice reading decodable CVC words in a fun, hands-on way! They are a great way for students to practice reading words with short vowel sounds.

Click the button below to get the CVC words clip cards free printable. Enjoy!

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