Ocean CVC Word Mats – Roll, Build, & Write Printable


These free printable ocean CVC word mats will give students a fun way to learn to read, write and spell CVC words and practice phonics skills.

Ocean CVC Word Mats

This CVC activity comes with 5 CVC word mats – one for each middle vowel sound. Each mat has an ocean theme with either a whale or a fish on it. These fun mats will give students lots of practice with a variety of phonics skills. Add them to your literacy centers for so much fun and learning.

Your students will use their knowledge of letters and sounds to feed the word to the whale or fish and write the word on the handwriting lines.

Ocean CVC word activity for learning phonics skills and to read, write and spell CVC words.

CVC Word Work Activity

These CVC mats will be ready in no time with TWO easy steps! Print, laminate, DONE! Or just slip into a write and wipe pocket and there’s almost no prep required.

Gather some letter manipulatives, dry erase markers and some dice, and you are ready to practice reading, writing and spelling CVC words.

There are 5 color mats and 5 black and white mats so you can pick the mat for your printing needs.

A fun ocean animal CVC words activity for learning to read in kindergarten and first grade.

Setting Up the Ocean CVC Word Mats

These ocean CVC mats are super simple to prep! They are going to save you so much time.

Just do some quick prep and grab a few simple supplies and you will be ready for lots of CVC word work practice.

Supplies Needed:

  • Ocean CVC Roll, Build, Write Mats (button to get them at the bottom of this post)
  • Dice
  • Dry erase markers
  • Erasers
  • Letter manipulatives or letter tiles
  • Write and wipe pockets (optional)


  1. Print the mats.
  2. Laminate the mats.
  3. Gather your supplies.
  4. Slide the mats and manipulatives into a baggie or tray for easy storage and grab-and-go access.
Free printable CVC words activity mats for learning phonics skills.

Practicing Phonics Skills

For this activity, students will roll a die and find the picture that corresponds to the number they rolled.

They will then say the word out loud, isolate each sound and spell the CVC word by feeding the letters to the whale or fish.

Finally, they will write the word at the bottom of the mat. Then clear the mat and roll again.

You could even provide students with a recording sheet and have them write each spelling word on that after they build it on the mat.

Free printable CVC words reading activity for kids to learn to read, spell, and write CVC words.

Learning to Read, Write and Spell CVC Words

There are a variety of ways that these ocean CVC word mats can be differentiated to teach CVC words and meet the needs of your students.

Since there are five different mats, you can start by having your students complete only one mat. As their skills progress, they can work their way up to completing 2 mats and then more!

They can use letter magnets, letter beads or letter tiles to build the words.

Another way to use this activity is to give a small group of students play dough and they can use stamps to stamp the letters in the dough. Or they can build the word with play dough on the mats.

An added sensory option is always a great way to engage reluctant learners. Plus, adding in fine motor work for all your little learners is great for their hand strength and fine motor skills.

There are lots of fun ways to use these mats and I am sure the kids will find them engaging.

Grab the free printable ocean CVC word work mats for lots of fun, hands-on literacy learning this summer!

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