Missing Beginning Sound CVC Word Mats Free Printable

Grab these missing beginning sound CVC word mats for hands-on practice with phonics skills and phonemic awareness. Plus, there is almost no prep for you!

Free printable missing beginning sounds mats for practice with adding the initial sound to CVC words. A great phonemic awareness and phonics activity for kids who are learning to read.

Missing Beginning Sound CVC Word Building Mats

These CVC word building mats are so fun to use and have so many benefits for your kindergarten or first-grade students.

If your students know the letter sounds very well, moving on to phonics 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 segment phonemes and encode words.

Students will identify the picture that is at the beginning of the line. Then they will use letter manipulatives to practice adding phonemes to build the word pictured. They could use magnetic letters or letter beads to build the words or use a dry-erase marker while the mats are inside of write and wipe pockets.

This continues until they have built all the words on the mat.

A hands-on phonics activity for kids to practice adding initial sounds to words. This missing sounds activity is perfect for centers.

I love this phonics activity because it gives students a hands-on way to practice phonemic awareness and phonics skills. This would be a great resources for small group instruction or for use during centers.

There are 25 words included, 5 for each short vowel. Students will love building CVC words with this engaging activity!

You could also cut the mats apart into strips if you would like to mix up the words more.

Low Prep Phoneme Segmentation Activity

These CVC word-building strips are quick and easy to get ready for your students. All you have to do is print and laminate or slip into write and wipe pockets.

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

These missing sounds mats are a great way for kids to practice finding missing sounds and adding the correct letter to build completed CVC words.

Setting Up the Adding Beginning Sounds Activity

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Supplies needed:

  • Missing Beginning Sound CVC Word Building Mats (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.
A hands-on phonics activity for learning to add missing sounds and build phonemic awareness.

Using This CVC Phonics Activity

Students will apply their knowledge of letters and sounds to segment the CVC word pictured into individual phonemes and then fill in the missing beginning sound by matching that sound to the letter.

Students will look at the pictures and they will say the name of the word pictured. Then, they will segment each sound in the word and place the letter that corresponds to the beginning sound in the first box.

Finally, they will blend the sounds together to read the word they built and check to see if it matches the word pictured.

Missing sounds mats that show a picture of a CVC word and then 3 boxes next to each picture. The last two boxes have letters in them, but the first box is empty. Students must find the missing sound and place the corresponding letter in the empty box.

Differentiating This Missing Sounds Phonics Activity

This missing sounds 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. Plus the needs of your learners and their learning styles.

If they are just beginning to learn phoneme segmentation, you can assign fewer mats to complete until they are more confident in their skills. Students rocking their reading skills can complete more mats.

Students can also write the words they built on a piece of paper, so they have something to turn in.

This would be a perfect phonics activity for small group instruction or literacy centers, making lesson planning and prepping easy!

I hope this phonics activity is a big help to you and engages the kids in lots of hands-on practice with adding sounds to build words.

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