Sight Word Activities


Sight Word Activities

Looking for a way to spice up how your child or students practice sight words? Here are some fun activities that are great for learning and practicing sight words at home or school!


  • Play sight word toss: lay our sight word flash cards (FRY’S SIGHT WORD FLASHCARDS FOR THE FIRST 100 WORDS) on the floor and have sight word 1your child take turns tossing a coin or bean bag onto a word and say that word.
  • Play dominoes using same end letter/ beginning letter.
  • Go on a word walk or word drive – find words around the environment! You can look at signs or in magazines. The possibilities are endless!
  • Make the words using play dough or alphabet cereal.
  • Make words using letter tiles, letter magnets, or scrabble pieces.
  • Go on a sight word hunt and cut the sight words out of the newspaper or magazines. Once you have collected the words you can glue them on a piece of construction paper and display them to help with recognition.
  • Write the sight words large on a piece of paper. Dot over the sight words or trace the sight words with a bingo dabber.
  • Make a sight word matching game with index cards (or print 2 sets of our flashcards!)  Have your child take turns playing the matching game with sight word 2different family members or friends!
  • Have your child stand across the room while you hold up our sight word flashcards. Show them a flashcard and every time they say the sight word correctly, they get to take one step or a hop toward you. Keep going until they are close enough to hug you!
  • While your child is out of the room, hide sight word flashcards in various locations. Have your child come into the room and look for the cards. As they find each one, they must tell you the word is on the card.
  • Erase a word: use a chalkboard or dry erase board to play this game. Write all the sight words on the board. Give your child the eraser to hold. Call out a sight word. When your child finds it on the board they will erase it. Keep playing until all the words on the board have been erased!
  • Word Monster- Make your child’s word monster in advance. This can be from an old box, paper bag – anything will do. You can decorate it like a silly monster. The monster should be able to open and close its mouth. After your monster is ready lay out all the sight word flash cards in front of your sight word 3child. The parent pretends to be the monster and will say: “I am hungry for the word ____” Your child then finds that sigh word card and puts it in the monster’s mouth. Continue the game until the monster has eaten all the sight word cards.
  • Using a flashlight, turn off all of the lights, and shine the flashlight on one of our sight word flashcards. Have your child read the word. Repeat until all the words have been read!
  • Go Fish- Go fish cards can easily be made using index cards. Simply write each word on two cards, shuffle and deal to play.
  • Almost any simple game can be modified to accommodate sight word review! Making bingo is a favorite. Create cards with sight words on the bingo grid and call out the words. Other simple games that can help teach words include favorites like tic-tac-toe, Scrabble for Juniors, and Hangman.

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This Post Has 2 Comments:

  • Jenny Clark says:May 21, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    This is a great tip! I started using these flash cards with my 5 year old son (in pre-school). He loves to hide the cards and sound-out the words as he finds them. He does a much better job reading the words one at a time when goes through the motions of finding them than sitting down and reading the same word in a book. I think combining the physical movement with the task of reading is really good for a high-energy boy. He also loves reading one or two words then running a lap around the room before reading more.

    • Colleen McNamara says:June 06, 2017 at 8:29 pm

      Hi Jenny! I completely agree about the movement and reading combination. What a great way to practice with an active child! Thanks for sharing!


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