This time of year always gets me excited about CVC words. Kind of weird, I know, but giving kids the opportunity to read their first real words is so rewarding! These CVC Rhyming words matching games are a great way to introduce word families to kindergarteners. The pictures give the kids context for the words that they are decoding, which gives them skills for taking picture walks through books later on.
Materials needed for the CVC Rhyming Words Matching Game:
Scrapbook paper (or card stock)
To prepare the activity, print the cards onto the white side of scrapbook paper. Since I have a hard time finding cute prints on 8.5″x11″ papers, I use a paper trimmer and cut down 12″x12″ papers. Then we use the scraps for crafts.
The scrapbook paper makes it so that the kids can’t see through the cards without using a colored card stock that distorts the colors of the images.
Laminate the cards and cut apart.
There are 22 word families included. I suggest selecting 3-4 at a time and increasing the number of matches as the kids’ proficiency increases. Too few cards will make the game too easy and too many will frustrate new readers.
We played this game as a regular game of memory, but there are other fun ways to play as well!
You could also have the kids use the cards as an independent matching activity and give them writing practice by copying the words into a notebook.
You could also use the cards as a write the room activity, where kids go around and find the cards, then copy the words down on a sheet of paper for reading and writing practice.
However you decide to play, your kids will be getting great practice with CVC words!
Download the CVC Rhyming Words Matching Games
Ready to play? Grab your copy of the CVC Rhyming Words Matching Games HERE.
More CVC Resources
Looking for more resources for working on CVC words this year? Our CVC Word Family Emergent Readers will build up fluency, and our CVC Phonics Poems will make reading and rhyming fun!