Get students sounding out initial blends and digraphs with short medial vowels with this fun spelling board game. Students will read and spell over 180 CCVC/CCCVCwords! This is a great way to get students reading! It is lots of fun in a great rainbow theme.

– Life Over C's CCVC Words Spell It!

Recommended Grade Level:

Materials for the Beginning Blends File Folder Board Game

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

Students will race from the rainbow to the shooting stars as they read and spell initial blends and digraphs. Great for a partner or small group center!

Initial blends included: bl, br, cl, cr, dr, fl, fr, gl, gr, pl, pr, sc, sk, sl, sm, sn, sp, st, sw, tr, tw

Initial digraphs included: ch, sh, th, wh

This game is great for sounding out words with initial blends and digraphs.

– Life Over C's CCVC file folder game

There are also many ways that you can differentiate for your students.

  • 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”.
  • Have the students read the card themselves, spelling out each letter and then blending the word together. This works especially well for introducing the concept of blends.
  • Use only the blends/digraphs that you wish to review.

Making extra copies of those blends will provide a concentrated review of that concept.

– Life Over C's CCVC rainbow file folder game

PLEASE NOTE: I have included 36 additional words with initial blends, but they also have “w” and “r” controlled vowel sounds. These do NOT fit the traditional CCVC and CCCVC definitions and are NOT needed to use the game. They are included for extra practice with the blends as some of the blends do not have many short vowel combinations. It is your choice as a teacher to include them or not.

– Life Over C's CCVC words printable

To set up the game: Print and laminate Pages 3-15.

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 rainbow 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 star without spinning the spinner. The game continues to the next player.
  • The first person to reach the shooting star wins!

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

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– Life Over C's Kids will love practicing CCVC Words with this fun initial blends board game. With over 180 initial blends words, it will be a new game every time they play!

Download the Rainbow Initial Blends File Folder Board Game Here:

– Life Over C's Click to Get your printable activity here
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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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