Gingerbread CVC Word Building Strips Free Printable

Get these free Gingerbread CVC Word Building Strips to engage your students while they practice CVC words & letter & sound identification.

A free CVC activity for your holiday literacy centers in kindergarten and first grade.

Gingerbread CVC Word Building Strips

These CVC words activities 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. 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 decoding words.

Students will identify the picture that is inside the gingerbread house. Then they will use letter manipulatives to spell that word. They could use magnetic letters or letter beads to build the words or use an erasable 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. These CVC word strips could easily be printed in black and white to save on ink.

Free printable gingerbread theme CVC word building strips for Christmas centers.

Effortless Prep

Students will apply their knowledge of letters and sounds to sound out the CVC picture name, build the word, and read the word. They’ll use their word family knowledge and decoding skills in this gingerbread CVC word activity.

These holiday-themed CVC word building mats are so quick and easy to get ready for your students. All you have to do is print and laminate! Instead of laminating, you can also slide the mats into write and wipe pockets for added durability.

There are 15 CVC word strips and letter tiles that can be printed if you don’t have letter manipulatives to use.

For easy storage, place the CVC word building mats in a large baggie, file folder, or storage tray for easy grab-and-go access. When you are done with the mats for the season, simply store them with your seasonal activities so that you can use them every winter!

A free printable gingerbread literacy activity for learning to read and spell CVC words.

Setting Up The Holiday CVC Word Building Mats

Supplies needed:

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


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

Using the CVC Word Mats

To use this activity, students will look at the pictures on the gingerbread word mat. They will say the name of the image. Then, they will isolate the sounds in the word, blending them to decode the word.

They will use the letter tiles to build the CVC word beside that picture on the mat as they do this. They will repeat this process for each picture, checking to see if the word matches the picture.

To extend the learning, students can say each word aloud, sounding out and blending the sounds to read the CVC word. Doing this out loud helps students learn in an auditory way. You can even challenge students to say a sentence using that word or to say a word that rhymes with that word.

Free printable CVC word building strips for gingerbread theme literacy centers.

Differentiated Gingerbread CVC Word Building Activities

These gingerbread word-building mats are so versatile and can be used in a variety of 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 mats for them to complete until they are more confident in their skills. Students who are rocking their reading skills can complete more mats, working up to all 5 mats!

Since there are 5 mats, 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!

Extension Ideas With Gingerbread Word Building Mats

These word-building mats are a great complete activity, but they can also be used as a foundational activity that can be extended in many ways. Here are some different ways in which you can use these mats!

  • Turn all 5 mats face-down and have students draw a mat to complete.
  • Give students a recording sheet for them to write the words on after they build them on the mat.
  • Identify a rhyming word.
  • Identify the word family the word belongs to.
  • Use with partners, taking turns building words to fill up the mat together.
Free printable CVC word building strips to practice isolating sounds and build CVC words.

These gingerbread CVC word mats are going to be so valuable in your classroom this holiday season. I know they will help teach your students to read CVC words and practice identifying their letters. The mats are so easy for you to prepare and can be used year after year!

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