Missing Middle Sound CVC Word Mats Free Printable

Use these missing middle sound CVC word mats to practice phonemic awareness and phonics skills in an engaging, hands-on way!

Free printable missing middle sounds CVC word mats for practice with adding phonemes to words.

Missing Middle Sound CVC Word 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.

CVC adding phonemes mats for phonemic awareness and phonics practice in kindergarten and first grade.

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 mats require almost no prep from you! All you have to do is print and laminate or slip into write and wipe pockets. Print the mats in color or in black and white for ease of 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.

Use these CVC phonics mats to practice adding missing phonemes to words.

Setting Up the Adding Middle Sounds Activity

Supplies needed:

  • Missing Middle 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.
CVC word building mats for practice with adding phonemes and building phonemic awareness.

Adding Phonemes 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 middle 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 medial sound in the middle box.

If you don’t want to use letter manipulatives, you can laminate your mats so students can use dry erase markers and practice writing the letter that is missing.

Finally, they will blend the sounds together to read the word they built and check to see if it matches the word pictured. I love these missing letter mats because students can practice identifying letters, sounds, and words. These are perfect for students that are just learning to read!

Develop phonemic awareness and phonics skills with this adding phonemes activity.

Differentiating This Missing Sounds Phonics Activity

This phonemic awareness activity is so versatile and can be used in various ways.

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 and spend some time practicing writing. This is great if you need a medial sounds worksheet for a portfolio or assessment too.

Practice adding phonemes with a hands-on phonemic awareness and phonics activity.

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

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

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