Editable Feed the Fish Spin and Build Mats Printable

These free, editable Feed the Fish Spin and Build Mats are perfect for little learners to practice sight words, spelling words, numbers, & so much more!

Free editable feed the fish spin and build word work activity for your ocean theme literacy centers.

Editable Feed the Fish Spin and Build Mats

Your kids will love this fun learning fish-themed activity. It is customizable to be used for math or literacy centers. You could make the fish-themed mats for letter sounds, sight words, CVC words, or spelling words. For math, it could be math facts or number identification.

Your pre k, kindergarten, and first-grade students will love practicing their sight words on these spring-themed game boards. The spin and build mats 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 fish word work mats. Spin the spinner, read the word, build the word and write the word - all on one mat!

Easy to Prep!

This fun and engaging activity pack includes a chart that you fill 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. The students will spin the spinner, and then they will feed the fish those letters or numbers. There are also lines at the bottom for the student to write the word.

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 Fish Spin Mats

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Supplies Needed:

  • Fish Spin and Build Mats (button to access the resource at the bottom of this post)
  • Write and wipe pockets (optional)
  • paperclips (for the spinner)
  • pencils (for the spinner)
  • 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.
An editable fish theme word work activity for learning sight words, CVC words, high frequency words, phonics skills and even letters or numbers.

How to Use the Spin and Build Mats

To begin, each child gets a mat. They will then use a paperclip and pencil to make a spinner. Once they spin, they build the word inside the fish’s mouth that the paperclip landed on. Then, they will write that word on the line.

For example, if the game board has sight words on it. The student will spin the spinner and land on the word “went.” They will then build the word in the mouth of the fish. Lastly, they will write the word went on the line. Then, erase and spin again.

Your students will be engaged and learn while using these fish-themed read, build, and write mats! You can cover so many concepts since the boards are editable. They would work great for math activities like counting activities, addition cards, number recognition, ten frames, and more.

Don’t just stop with math! They could be used to practice word families, CVC words, short vowel words, sight words activities, or make vocabulary cards. I just love all the possibilities!

Add this fish word work activity to your ocean theme centers for lots of hands-on fun and learning.

So Versatile!

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 numbers, and higher students can work on sight words. These mats are great for editable sight word games. You could add a recording sheet for higher students to write their answers on.

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, sight word activities, morning tubs, early finishers, tutoring groups, a home learning task, and so much more!

Free fish theme printable word work mats for your ocean lesson plans in kindergarten and first grade.

Snag these free spin, build, and write mats to add a fun, hands-on learning experience to your lesson plans today! They are so easy to make that you will be able to prep games for multiple subjects or topics in no time! Grab these fish mats and make your life a little easier!

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