Get students sounding out CVC word families with this fun spelling board game. A great way to get them reading! All with a fun Christmas/Winter theme. Great for a partner or small group center! This game is great for sounding out CVC words.

– Life Over C's CVC word game

Recommended Grade Level:

Materials for the Christmas CVC Word File Folder Board Game

  • Paper
  • Laminating Materials
  • Paper Cutter
  • File Folder
  • Game Markers

Students will read and spell up to 90 CVC words!

To set up the game:

Print and laminate Pages 3-10.

I strongly recommend using card stock for the playing cards, so that students will not be able to see through them. I love to print on the white side of one-sided scrapbook paper as this makes the cards opaque and attractive.

For 2-6 players


  • Shuffle word cards and place them upside down on the card box of the playing board. -Choose the first player.
  • Player 1 places their marker on the gingerbread boy and girl start position. The player to the left of Player 1 draws a card from the pile and without showing it to Player 1, reads the word aloud. Player 1 must spell the word either aloud or by writing it out.
  • If Player 1 spells the word correctly on the first try, he/she spins the spinner and moves ahead the number of spaces indicated. The game continues to the next player with the player to his/her left reading the word for the player to spell.
  • If a player does not spell the word correctly on the first try, they remain on the same square without spinning the spinner. The game continues to the next player.
  • The first person to reach the gingerbread house wins!

**When playing with only 2 players, the opposite player reads the card to the person spelling.

Ways to Differentiate:

  • Focus on beginning sounds instead of the entire word. You can have your students recall the letter that the word begins with rather than spell the whole word.
  • Focus on end sounds. Have students recall the letter that the word ends with rather than spell the whole word.
  • Only use one short vowel sound in the game. For example: only include words that have a medial “a” or “e”.

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– Life Over C's Kids will love practicing CVC Words with this fun CVC Word Family file folder game. With 90 CVC words, it will be a new game every time they play!
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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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