In case you haven’t noticed, we like to repeat similar types of activities with different themes or a few little tweaks to make them new and fresh. This Gingerbread word work printable for CVCE Words is no exception. I’ve shared the apple themed one and scarecrow themed one with you this fall along with a CVC version. We’ve been using them off and on for the last few months. But there is something great about a new theme. Jaida, my first grader, loved this activity as if it was the first time she had used it just because she loved the gumdrop letters.

– Life Over C's christmas cvce words word building mat gingerbread house gumdrops letters

Recommended Grade Level:

Materials for Christmas CVCe Word Building Activity

  • Paper
  • Laminating Materials
  • Paper Cutter

There are two versions of word cards included. The first version has the word written out for kids who are not ready to de-code the word on their own. The second version of the cards only has the picture, so that they kids need to sound out the word and create the words themselves. This makes this set really great for differentiation or when a child has been successful at the first level and needs a new challenge.

There is also a black and white version if you want the kids to decorate their own gingerbread house.

– Life Over C's This gingerbread word work free printable for CVCE words will make a fabulous addition to your phonics program this winter. It's even fun to use once Christmas has passed.

How to prepare the Gingerbread Free Printable for CVCE Words:

  • Download using the link below.
  • Print the gingerbread house, gumdrops and the set of word cards you want to use.
  • Laminate for durability.
  • Cut apart the word cards and gumdrops.
– Life Over C's girl using CVCE Words printable

Using the Gingerbread Free Printable for CVCE Words:

  • Lay out the gumdrops across the table. You can have the kids put them in alphabetical order if you want to, but it’s not necessary. In actuality, having the letters scattered means that the kids work harder on quick letter recognition. This is the stage that we are at, so that is what we have been doing.
  • Put the word cards in a pile.
  • Select one word card.
  • Find the letters that match the word and assemble them on the gingerbread house.
– Life Over C's gingerbread-house-cvce-words-fb

It’s that easy!

We usually do 5-7 words in a sitting. That way she doesn’t get bored with the activity and we can use it for multiple days.

– Life Over C's gingerbread-house-cvce-words2

Extend it:

Print two copies of the word cards and play a memory game. (Print on scrapbook paper, so the cards aren’t see-through.)

After laminating, use a dry-erase marker to trace the words to work on handwriting skills.

Pick a word and have your child write a sentence using it.

Sort the cards by word family.

Sort the cards by vowel sounds.

Put the cards in alphabetical order (start with 3-4 words and increase in difficulty from there.)

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– Life Over C's christmas cvce words word building mat gingerbread house gumdrops letters
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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
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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  1. Hi! Thank you so much for the sweet gingerbread activities on your site! Would it be okay for me to include them in a round-up blog post I am working on that is specifically about learning phonics with Christmas/ holiday activities? (Permission to link to your site and possibly use one of the images to show your activity?) I would be so honored, and of course I would leave a link to this page to tell people where it came from! 🙂

    Thank you!

    Amy Brotherman