Truffula Trees CVC Word Families


Set up a CVC word families activity inspired by Dr. Seuss' The Lorax to help your Kindergartener read simple CVC words.  This CVC word families activity is adaptable to the whatever word list your reader is working on.  Enjoy this fun way to learn and play today! 

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This word families activity encourages beginning readers to sort and read CVC words and you end up with a cute and colorful craft, too!  This is a great way to make reading fun, even for reluctant readers!

Dr. Seuss Day

Dr. Seuss Day, also known as Read Across America, is observed every year in early March.  This Dr. Seuss inspired CVC word families activity is a great addition to a day or week of learning with other works written by Dr. Seuss.  Have more fun with Dr. Suess with these fun activities:


Word families are a group of words that follow a letter specific pattern at the end of a word.  Grouping similar sounding words can be a big help when teaching reading and spelling.  For instance, -at is a word family.  By adding a constant to the beginning of -at, we can create real and nonsense words, like adding /c/ to make C-AT.  

For this activity, I focused on simple CVC word families ending in -at, -in, and -og.  However, this is easily adaptable to any word list!

As your child works through the word families, he/she is also creating a fun reading craft that can be used later to continue polishing up those reading skills!

Materials needed:
To set up your activity, you'll need to do a little bit of prep work.


Begin by cutting out your Truffula Trees "puffs" by cutting out circles from construction paper. I chose purple, yellow, and red construction paper.  

From each circle, cut out triangles from the circle to create the puff-like shape. 

For the trunks of the Truffula Trees I chose two colors for each tree and cut up several small rectangles, so that Little Sis could work on patterning skills, too!

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On each Truffula Tree puff I wrote a word family ending.

On the rectangles that make up the trunk, I wrote a word from that word family: 

-at word family words: rat, mat, sat, hat, cat  
-in word family words: bin, fin, sin, tin, win, pin
-og word family words: log, hog, dog, bog, fog

Take a peak at this poster for more CVC word families!

Again, this word family activity is adaptable to any word list! You could even move beyond CVC word families if that is where your reader is, but the premise of activity would still be the same.

** Alternatively, for beginning readers you could write a letter on the stem and have your child see if that letter plus the word family makes a real word.  If so, glue the letter under the Truffula Tree to create the trunk.



Begin this Dr.Seuss Inspired CVC Word Families Activity by choosing a word and adding it to the correct tree "puff."

Glue the words underneath the Truffula Tree puff to create the trunk.

Once the words have been sorted out, your child has create a colorful reading craft!  

Have your child say each word family, and practice reading the CVC words by adding the beginning sound to each word family.  Congratulate your reader-- it is no small task!  

Hope you enjoy this fun and colorful way to explore word families with this fun cvc word families activity inspired by Dr. Seuss's The Lorax!  

Celebrate a job well done by heading into the kitchen to make a Pink Yink Ink Drink! 

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