Consonant Vowel Consonant (CVC) Reading Wheel

learn to read wheelI love homemade learn-to-read resources.   This is a throw-back from my teaching days.   I had seen wheels like this in our reading curriculum (don’t ask me what it was – it was over a decade ago).   Basically, the concept of the wheel is that one letter is stationary and your child can rotate the wheels to create a new word or blend of a word.   We made our own reading wheel with the help of two different sizes of cups, a button and needle and thread.


learn to read wheelHow to make your own Learn-to-Read Wheel:

  • We used a cereal bowl to trace a medium sized circle
  • The kids cups made a great small circle.
  • Make an extra small circle and cut it in half, then chop off the ends to make a tab.


Steps in creation:

  • You want to poke a hole through the center of both circles.
  • Using the button and the tab, create a sandwich of the pieces.   So that the circle “wheels” are both able to move, but the tab stays stationary.learn to read wheel


Labeling the Reading Wheel with Consonants and Vowels:

We made different wheels with different vowels in the center or with different beginning/ending letters. You can also use letter blends to create the wheels.


Do you have a favorite homemade learning resource?   Share it in the comments!


  1. I love this idea! We are on the lookout for fun learning activities to do this week. My daughters have fall break and like to keep busy!

  2. Wow- that is so so creative!!! Honestly you are such a fab mom for coming up with this stuff!

  3. Fantastic tutorial! I’ll be sharing this post with some friends with little ones!

  4. What a neat idea! My 5yo will love this!

  5. This is such a great tool to use. Funny how making it like a little “toy” makes spelling that much more fun!

  6. Rachel–Love it!
    I agree–it amazes me how making a hands-on manipulative makes learning that much more fun for little ones.


    Also wondering how you formatted this–how do you get little scroll bars w/i your posts? 🙂

  7. I love simple reading tools like this! We made something similar, but it was a flip book. I think I like your design much better.

  8. These are great – children will love manipulating the wheel and the feeling of accomplishment: reading FOUR words! Well done!

  9. I have no clue how the scroll bars are there and would love to get rid of them – if only I had the time to go through the code 🙂

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