Here are some mats to run off and laminate. I use these for word work in guided reading and the children practice writing the first, middle, and last sound. Then we blend all our sounds together to unlock a word. The arrow is a visual to help them understand the sequence of the sounds and the idea of "sliding" them together!
This can also be used for independent work and you might have a baggie of pictures and a recording sheet for each student. Are you getting tired of cvc work... Some of my students really struggle with blending.
I would love to hear your ideas. Please leave a comment.