Top 30 Fun Sight Word Games and Activities

Learning sight words is an important part of learning to read.

Sight words are words of service. They are not meant to sound. Learning these words helps the reader maintain fluency in reading without getting caught up in the meaning.

I like the Dolch Sight word list, but there are many other lists available. I like to place them on cards of about 12cm x 6cm.

Use these cards for fun 30 FUN ACTIVITIES AND WORD GAMES

1. Play Warship with sight words on a grid with a partner or

as a class.

2. Play coin toss – words on the floor – children take turns to

Flip a coin over a word and say that word.

3. Have a box of small blanks mini cards or paper you can

buy a large post that has notes on these days (approx.

10 cm x 2 cm) by hand at all times so that children can

write words from word walls, graphics, etc. and later

return the card to your writing. It is also useful

write words when doing writing lectures.

4. Play who I am? for example, I am yellow, I have 5 letters and

end in ___.

5. make a letter tornado graphic with chalk on a cement

floor, children place their feet and hands on the letters

to spell words.

6. Words around the world in sight – blink a word – first player

say a word of that pair passes to the next person

to make a pair and another word flashes, etc., etc.

7. Play Executioner using the words from the word card.

8. How fast can you find a certain word recognizable by sight in individual

read books while reading in small groups.

9. Play domino using the same final letter / initial letter.

10. Circle the letters within the words using a whiteboard marker on

Laminated cards of easily recognizable words.

11. Play Chinese whispers – say a word – pass it on.

12. Circle the smallest words inside words using white board

marker on laminated word cards.

13. Children go out and practice writing their words with

chalk on concrete.

14. Practice handwriting tracing words using

Whiteboard marker on laminated cards of recognizable words.

15. Place the recognizable word cards in plain sight on alphabetical order.

sixteen. Flashlight words turn off the lights, light a torch

words on display to look at and say.

17. Children make their own word wall / dictionary using

photocopied small words recognizable to the eye and scrapbooks labeled with a

alphabet letter on each page … can be added to

throughout the year.

18. Play tic tac toe, here I go, where I stop I don’t know

children say the word you stop at.

19. Cloze – children find the missing word

within a sentence.

20. Play musical words – children pass words in a

circulate until the music stops – that child says the word – can

be played with 1 or more words.

21. Come on, we have word walk / drive – find words in the environment –

signs etc.

22. make words using clay.

23. make words using glued thong.

24. Make words using letter tiles –scrabble pieces.

25. make words using templates.

26. make words using alphabet stamps.

27. make words using magnetic letters.

28. Play steps – place words on the ground and

the children walk on them saying the word while they go to search

across the stream.

29. Beat the clock – how many times can a word be written

in 1 minute, etc.

30. Children write their words in list form and then write

over words 2 or more times using different colors

create rainbow words.

There are many ways you can make teaching and learning sight words fun; I’m sure you can think of more too.

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