My son does not like school. I (probably like most homeschool moms) went into this whole homeschooling thing with rose colored glasses, thinking my son would LOVE school and would be thirsty for all of the knowledge that I could impart.
The reality of our homeschool is quite different. It is difficult to get him to concentrate on anything that he doesn’t want to do, which in most cases, involves learning how to read.
I spent a month ending every homeschool lesson in tears (mine) because I could not, for the life of me, get my darling boy to want to learn how to read.
I spent hours upon hours scouring the internet trying to find ways to get him engaged and actually want to learn how to read. And I came upon a few different ideas. One mom had painted rocks different colors and then wrote different letters on each of the rocks, and had her child build words with the rocks.
Another teacher had suggested trying out CVC word cards, and having them build the words with magnetic alphabet tiles.
I decided that these were both great ideas, and wouldn’t it be even better if I combined them?!
And that is how this CVC word practice game was born. It took me about an hour to make up the rocks, and another hour or so to make up cards, and my time was totally worth it. My son loves the weight and texture of the rocks, and he can usually make it through ten cards or so before he starts getting bored.
So hey, it’s a start!
If you want to learn how to make this CVC word practice game for yourself, and grab my FREE printable CVC word cards, plus my Canva template so you can easily make your own CVC word cards, read on.
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What You Need to Make This CVC Word Practice Game
You don’t need a ton of supplies to make this CVC word practice game. All you need are:
Step One: Wash Rocks
Whether you get your rocks from your backyard or Amazon, I would definitely recommend that you give them a wash. Because I ordered mine from Amazon, I just stuck them in a colander and ran them under a stream of water for a few minutes. If you’re sourcing them from your backyard, you may need to give them a bit more of a scrub.
Step Two: Lay Out Rocks on Work Surface
Once your rocks are thoroughly cleaned, dry them off and lay them out on your work surface. I laid out 35 rocks to be painted – I figured that would let me make duplicate letters later down the road if need be, without having to dig out my painting materials again.
Step Three: Paint Rocks
Now that your rocks are all laid out, it’s time to start painting! Depending upon what paint you use, you may need to use multiple layers to get a really good coat. Oddly, even though I used the same type of paint for all of the colors, two of the colors I chose covered really well and only needed two coats, while the yellow and orange needed 5-6 coats of paint to look nice. (I started to get impatient having to put all of the coats of yellow and orange on, so I started filling in letters while I waited).
Step Four: Fill in Letters
Once the paint is really dry (and I mean really, I started filling in letters before the green paint was totally dry, even though it felt dry to my fingers, and the paint started flaking off on my Sharpie), start filling in letters! You can use whatever you feel comfortable using. I used a sharpie, I’m sure any other dark colored marker or even black paint would work too.
Step Five: Make and Print Out Your CVC Word Cards
The final step is to make and print out your CVC word cards. I had to make mine from scratch on Canva and it took me awhile to get the template right. Luckily for you, I am giving you my template for free! (I know how precious our time is, and really, it was a miracle I had the time to make these).
Just fill out the form below and I will send you 8 already completed printable CVC word cards, plus the link to my Canva template so you can make as many CVC word cards as your heart desires.
Once you have all of your cards printed out, go ahead and cut them out, then run them through a laminator. Then cut them out again (don’t you love all of this cutting??) and you’re good to go!
I ended up using a hole punch to punch a hole in the top corner of my cards and putting them on binder rings to make them easier to contain, but this is totally optional.
Get Ready to Use Your Rock CVC Word Practice Game!
And that’s it! You’re ready to rock and roll with your new rock CVC word practice game. Hopefully your kids will love this as much as mine has. If you have any questions, leave us a comment below!
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