Gingerbread CVC Word Building Activity

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There is just something so fun about gingerbread men during the holiday season! They are not only cute (and yummy!) but gingerbread-themed learning activities are always a hit. This free Gingerbread CVC Word Building Activity will keep little hands engaged this holiday season!

*Pair with our CVC Word Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!

This free Gingerbread CVC Word Building Activity will keep kids engaged and is great for Kindergarten and 1st grade literacy centers!

Gingerbread CVC Word Building Activity

If you’re a Kindergarten teacher, every year you may have a roomful of 5 and 6 year-olds squirming while you read a version of The Gingerbread Man. You may not want to sugar them up with cookies, but there are lots of other fun ways to extend the story!

If you’re planning a Gingerbread Unit, this adorable CVC literacy center activity will fit right in!

By this time of year, many Kindergartners are starting to put letters together into simple CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant words). Once they can do that successfully, they’re ready for this festive CVC word building activity.

Students use the "candy" letter pieces to spell out CVC words on the gingerbread boys and girls.

How to Prep

To prepare this activity, start by choosing the gingerbread printables that work best for your students’ needs. There’s a different gingerbread boy or girl for each vowel, plus an extra blank one. This download also includes a full-color set and a set that’s brown (but will print just fine in black and white, if you prefer).

The candy letters are just under 3/4” in diameter. A circle punch, or an eager volunteer, will make quick work of them. You will want to be sure to laminate the letter printables before punching out the pieces. This makes them durable and reusable year after year!

If you’re cutting them yourself, you may want to watch your favorite Christmas show on TV while you do. I never get tired of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life – how about you?

This download includes a different gingerbread boy or girl for each vowel, plus an extra blank one.

RELATED RESOURCE: December Print – That’s It! Kindergarten Math and Literacy Printables

Teacher Tip: Glue the candy letters onto buttons to make this activity extra engaging! My kids can’t keep their hands off the little stash of candy buttons. They do make a pleasing tap as they clink against each other!

How to Play

You can adapt this CVC word building activity to suit your students’ needs. You may like to provide a limited selection of letters, a list of words to copy, or even picture cards.

After students form the words on the gingerbread boys and girls, they can copy them onto the included recording sheet. There’s space for about 8-12 words there.

After students form the CVC words, they can copy them onto the included recording sheet.

I hope you can take a moment this holiday season to reflect on all the progress your students have made. I also wish you a small moment of peace to sink your teeth into a gingerbread cookie (or two)!

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Ready for some CVC word building fun? Get your free copy of this Gingerbread CVC Word Activity to use with your own kids by clicking the large, yellow download button at the end of the post!

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