Frog CVC Word Building Strips Free Printable

These frog CVC word building strips give kids a hands-on way to practice sounding out, decoding and spelling CVC words this spring!

Frog theme CVC word activity for learning to isolate sounds to read and spell CVC words. A fun CVC reading activity for kids.

Frog CVC Word Building Strips for Kids

These CVC word strips are so fun to use and have so many benefits for your kindergarten or first-grade students. Reading CVC words is one of the first reading skills that students master.

If your students know the letter sounds very well, beginning reading instruction with CVC words is a great idea. CVC words are easy to sound out and help build confidence in beginning readers!

CVC words are simple words that follow a consonant vowel consonant word pattern. They all feature a short vowel sound which makes them perfect for students who are just beginning to learn to decode words.

Students will identify the picture that is inside the frog. Then they will use letter manipulatives to spell that word. They could use magnetic letters or letter beads to build the words or use a dry-erase marker to write the words.

I love this word-building activity because it gives students another chance to practice spelling CVC words in a new format.

There are 15 word strips included, and there are letter tiles that can be printed, as well. The free resource also includes a recording sheet. Students will love building CVC words with this engaging activity!

Free printable CVC reading activity for kids in kindergarten and first grade. A hands-on way to practice decoding CVC words.

Prep is a Breeze!

Students will apply their knowledge of letters and sounds to sound out the CVC word pictured, build the word by placing one letter in each box and then read the word.

These CVC word-building strips are quick and easy to get ready for your students. All you have to do is print, laminate and cut apart! You could also just skip cutting the strips apart and have students use the pages like a mat. Instead of laminating, you can also slide the mats into write and wipe pockets for added durability.

For easy storage, place the CVC word-building mats in a large baggie, file folder, or storage tray for easy grab-and-go access.

Free printable frog theme CVC decoding activity for your spring literacy centers in kindergarten and first grade.

Setting Up the CVC Word Building Mats

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Supplies needed:

  • Frog CVC word building strips (button at bottom of the post to get them)
  • Alphabet letter tiles, letter beads, magnetic letters, or another letter manipulative
  • Write and wipe pockets (optional)


  1. Print the word building mats.
  2. Laminate or slide into write and wipe pockets.
  3. Gather letter tiles or letter manipulatives of your choice.
  4. Store the entire activity in a large baggie, file folder, or storage tray.

Using the CVC Word Mats

Students will look at the pictures on the word mat to use this activity. Then, they will say the name of the word pictured. Then, they will isolate each sound in the word and place the letter that corresponds to each sound in the appropriate box.

Finally, they will read the word they built while checking to see if it matches the word pictured on the frog.

If you are using the recording sheet, students will then find the picture that corresponds to the one on their strip and write the word they built in the space next to it.

Frog theme phonics activity for learning to decode CVC words.

Differentiated Frog CVC Word Building Activities

This frog theme phonics activity is so versatile and can be used in various ways. You can use these to fit the needs in your schedule and lesson plans and the needs of your learners and their learning styles.

If they are still working on blending and decoding sounds, you can assign fewer strips to complete until they are more confident in their skills. Students rocking their reading skills can complete more strips, working up to all 5 pages!

Since there are 5 pages, you can easily have students complete 1 per day throughout the week. Once they know the structure of this activity, they will be set for the week! This would be a perfect literacy center or small group activity, making lesson planning and prepping easy!

A fun CVC word work activity for kids to use this spring!

I can’t wait for you to use these CVC short vowel word strips to get your students practicing their spelling and decoding skills this spring. They will really benefit from this activity and improve their reading skills in no time!

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