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55 Fun Sight Word Activities That Work

It’s a myth that blindly memorizing every letter in a sight word is the only way to learn it.

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Teachers are always on the hunt for great sight word activities. Sight words are any words readers recognize automatically “by sight”—for fluent readers, that’s almost all words! High-frequency words, the most commonly occurring words in written English, like those on the Dolch list , are often thought of as the most crucial sight words.

It’s a myth that blindly memorizing every letter in a sight word is the only way to learn it. The science of reading tells us that linking sounds and letters is the most effective way for kids’ brains to learn any word. Many common words are easy to tackle using beginning phonics skills (like “at,” “can,” “him,” etc.), so staying true to a strong phonics curriculum is one way to support kids’ sight word learning. Even irregularly spelled words have decodable parts, e.g., kids can use the sounds of “s” and “d” to help with “said,” even if the “ai” is unexpected. Experts often call these words “heart words” to call out for kids that they should learn the unexpected word parts “by heart.” (If all this is unfamiliar to you, it can feel overwhelming, but you’ve got this! Check out teaching guru Jillian Starr’s explanation for more help.)

Read: What Are Sight Words?

Check out these low-prep and engaging sight word activities for both teaching and practicing words.

Sight Word Activities for Introducing Words

These activities are great when you are introducing new words or when students need a reminder of the letters and patterns that make up each word.

1. Map it and drive it

Toy truck on a lego board under the word have as an example of sight word activities

@droppinknowledgewithheidi/LEGO sight word activity via Instagram

This is a genius way to introduce words with appealing materials: Say the word, represent each sound with a LEGO brick, write letters for each sound, and “drive” to read it.

Learn more: @droppinknowledgewithheidi

2. Smush play dough for each sound

Template for tapping and mapping words with play dough as an example of sight word activities

@playdough2plato/Sound mapping activity via Instagram

Set up a routine that works for any word. Play dough squishing for each sound is the ultimate multi-sensory component.

Learn more: @playdough2plato

3. Map words with a magnet wand

Template for mapping sight words with a magnet want and magnetic dot markers as an example of sight word activities

@warriorsforliteracy/Heart word activity via Instagram

It is so super-satisfying to drag those magnetic dots around! Watch the video below for lots of tips on introducing a word using this process.

Learn more: @warriorsforliteracy

4. Make a mini book

Mini book for learning the word the as an example of sight word activities

@hughesheartforfirst/Sight word activity via Instagram

Create a mini-book they can take home with them to read on their own.

Learn more: @hughesheartforfirst

5. Tap it, pop it, learn it!

Template for tapping and popping sight words as an example of sight word activities

@hellojenjones/Pop-It sight word activity via Instagram

Hardwire those words in kids’ brains with this comprehensive word intro routine. (You had us with the Pop-Its !)

Source: @hellojenjones

Sight Word Activities for Practicing Words

Once students have learned a word, it’s all about practice, practice, practice! These activities will help students learn words by “heart.”

6. Find and swat words

Sight word cards laid out in a grid pattern with a red fly swatter as an example of sight word activities for the classroom

@kids_play_laugh_learn/Sight word activity via Instagram

An oldie but such a goodie. Find a word in an array and whack! Swat it with a fly swatter!

Learn more: @kids_play_learn_laugh

7. Flip word pancakes

paper pancakes with sight words on them for students to flip

Playdough to Plato/Sight word pancakes via playdoughtoplato.com

Serve up sight word pancakes while practicing spelling them aloud.

Learn more: Playdough to Plato

8. Wear heart word bracelets

Event bracelets with sight words as an example of sight word activities

@teachingmore/Sight word bracelets via Instagram

Make kids feel like sight word VIPs and keep sight word review on hand.

Learn more: @teachingmoore

9. Search for sight word balls

Small multicolored plastic ball pit balls with sight words written in chalk marker

@preschoolforyou/Sight word ball activity via Instagram

Write sight words on ball pit balls with a chalk marker or dry-erase marker. Kids can race around hunting for balls to read and toss in a basket, or hunt through a big tub of balls for a certain word.

Learn more: @preschoolforyou

10. Start a sight word band

A teacher holding a wooden spoon in front of sticky notes with sight words stuck to various pots and pans and other metal objects

@earlyyears_withmrsg/Sight word band via Instagram

Loud but oh-so fun! Feel the rhythm while tapping and reading sight words stuck to homemade percussion instruments.

Learn more: @earlyyears_withmrsg

11. Drive on a sight word path

Child's hand driving a toy car over a path of magnetic tiles with sight words written on them

@travisntyler/sight word car activity via Instagram

This is one of many fun ways to use magnetic tiles for learning! Kids love “knocking down” word tiles with a toy car as they read each one.

Learn more: @travisntyler

12. Use sticky notes to inspire sight word sentences

Sticky note with the sight word "said" stuck to a pink child's bike helmet

@kinneypodlearning/sticky note sentence activity via Instagram

Have kids stick words on items that give them ideas for sentences. “My Mom said to wear a helmet!” = so good!

Learn more: @kinneypodlearning

13. Write words on a sensory bag

A zip-top bag with blue paint inside with the word

@make.it.multisensory/Gel bag activity via Instagram

So easy: Fill a zip-top bag with a small amount of kid-safe paint, seal well, and have kids practice “writing” sight words with their finger or a cotton swab.

Learn more: @makeitmultisensory

14. Wear a sight word crown

Paper crown headbands printed with rightwards

@mrsjonescreationstation/Sight word hats via Instagram

Wear your word proudly and practice reading others’ words. Fun in person or virtually.

Learn more: @mrsjonescreationstation

15. Play a magnetic-tile board game

Magnetic tiles with sight words arranged in a board game maze as an example of sight word activities

@twotolove_bairantwins/Sight word racetrack via Instagram

We love new ideas for ways to use magnetic tiles for sight word activities. Easy to set up and fun to play.

Learn more: @twotolove_bairantwins

16. Spell words to a familiar tune

Spell Words to a familiar tune

@builditbre/Sight word song via Instagram

Get sight words stuck in everyone’s head, in a good way. We’d add a line for chanting the sounds in the word!

Learn more: @builditbre

17. Feed a word monster

Feed A Word Monster sight word activities

@ecplayandlearn/Sight word monster via Instagram

Nom, nom, nom.

Learn more: @ecplayandlearn


18. Search for the pom-pom under sight word cups

Search for pom poms under sight word cups

@la.la.learning/Sight word cup game via Instagram

Read all the words as you try to find the cup that hides the prize.

Learn more: @la.la.learning

19. Play sight word Kaboom!

Play sight word kaboom

@essentiallykinder/Sight word game via Instagram

This classroom classic is perfect for sight words. If you need a refresher on the rules, Jillian Starr covers them.

Learn more: @essentiallykinder

20. Roll and write words

Roll and write words for sight word activities

@mylittlepandamonium/Sight word dice roll game via Instagram

Roll, write, repeat.

Learn more: @mylittlepandamonium

21. Write words with rainbow colors

Write words with rainbow colors

@mylittlepandamonium/Sight word rainbow writing via Instagram

Bonus points for aromatic markers.

22. Trace words with flashlights

Trace words with flashlights

@giggleswithgerg/Sight word flashlight writing via Instagram

Stock up on batteries because kids never get tired of this!

Learn more: @giggleswithgerg

23. Find words in plastic eggs

Find words in a sensory bin

@blooming_tots1/Sight word hunt via Instagram

Give kids a checklist of words to find as they open each egg.

Learn more: @blooming_tots1

24. Spy words around the classroom

Spy words around the classrom

@readingcorneronline/I Spy sight words activity via Instagram

Just add a magnifying glass and clipboard to make kids feel like supersleuths!

Learn more: @readingcorneronline

25. Find words in the morning message

Spy words in the morning message

@tales_of_a_kinder_classroom/Morning meeting sight words via Instagram

Don’t forget about old standbys! This is one of our favorite ways to get kids to recognize sight words in connected text.

Learn more: @tales_of_a_kinder_classroom

26. Build words with bricks

lego bricks with sight words on them

The Printable Princess/Sight words with bricks via theprintableprincess.com

Such a great use of extra building bricks!

Learn more: The Printable Princess

27. Write words in sand

Write words in individual sandboxes

@teacherhacks_/Sand writing via Instagram

Easy-peasy to set up and keep neat if you use plastic pencil boxes.

Learn more: @teacherhacks

28. Spell words on a construction site

Make a word construction site

@planningplaytime/Construction site sight words via Instagram

Bulldozing over each word to read it is the best part!

Learn more: @planningplaytime

29. Spell words with toy cars

Spell words with toy cars

@lozlovesprep/Car sight word activity via Instagram

Drive on over!

Learn more: @lozlovesprep

30. Park in a sight word “parking lot”

Park words in a sight words parking lot

@msbendersclassroom/Parking lot sight word activity via Instagram

This one is easy to modify based on whatever toys are available in the classroom or at home.

Learn more: @msbendersclassroom

31. “Plant” words in play dough

Plant words in play dough

@planningplaytime/Sight word play dough activity via Instagram

Watch those reading skills grow!

32. Build words in a sensory tub

Build words in a sensory tub

@coffeeandspitup/Sight word tub activity via Instagram

Because spelling is just more fun when your hands are covered in beans!

Learn more: @coffeeandspitup

33. Write words on a magnetic drawing board

Write words on a magnetic drawing board

@moffattgirls/Sight word magnetic writing via Instagram

That eraser track makes for a perfect word card holder!

Learn more: @moffattgirls

34. Or write words on the window!

Write sight words on the window

@kindergarten_matters/Word writing activity via Instagram

Everyone wants a turn to write on the window!

Learn more: @kindergarten_matters

35. Shhh! Discover words written in invisible ink

Discover secret words written in invisible ink

@teachstarter/Invisible ink words via Instagram

Write words in white crayon and reveal them with watercolors on top!

Learn more: @teachstarter

36. Dot-paint words with a cotton swab

dot paint words with a cotton swab

@sightwordactivities/Sight word painting via Instagram

Calming and effective.

Learn more: @sightwordactivities

37. “Type” words on a keyboard

type words on a keyboard cover

@lifebetweensummers/Sight word keyboarding via Instagram

Busy day at the sight word office! Use a keyboard cover or any old keyboard.

Learn more: @lifebetweensummers

38. Read words before heading through the door

Read words before heading out the door

@msrowe.kinder/Sight words on doors via Instagram

The line leader can double as the word pointer during transitions.

Learn more: @ms.rowekinder

39. Read the word the teacher’s wearing!

Read the word the teacher is wearing

@libblyklinnerteaching/Sight word teacher activity via Instagram

Wait, is there something on my shirt?

Learn more: @theprimarypartner

40. Take a sight word cakewalk

Take a sight word cake walk

@joyfulinkinder/Sight word walk via Instagram

Choose a winning word when the music stops!

Learn more: @joyfulinkinder

41. Play sight word hopscotch

Play sight word hopscotch outdors

@wheretheliteracygrows/Sight word hop scotch via Instagram

If you can’t get outdoors, tape on the floor works just as well.

Learn more: @wheretheliteracygrows

42. Play tic-tac-toe

sight word tic tac toe game

Boy Mama Teacher Mama/Sight word tic-tac-toe via boymamateachermama.com

I’ll be team “look.”

Learn more: Boy Mama Teacher Mama

43. Go sight word bowling

Bowl those words right over

@thecreativeteacher_/Sight word bowling via Instagram

No bowling pins? Use half-filled plastic water bottles instead.

Learn more: @thecreativeteacher_

44. Ready, aim, read

Hit words with foam darts

@laurens_lil_learners/Sight word target via Instagram

Just throw a beanbag at a word target if foam darts are a no-go.

Learn more: @laurens_lil_learners

45. Play muffin tin ball toss

Toss a ball and read the word it lands on

@fun_with_lynda/Sight word muffin tin activity via Instagram

Toss a ball or pom-pom into the muffin tin and read the word. It’s easy to use colored muffin cups to prep different sets of words.

Learn more: @fun_with_lynda

46. DIY sentence flash cards

Sight word sentences on flash cards as an example of sight word activities

@teachertipsandtales/Sentence writing via Instagram

Authentic use of words in context for the win.

Learn more: @teachertipsandtales

47. Play sight word checkers

Sight words checkers

@sightwordactivities/Sight word checkers via Instagram

King me! If kids don’t have a partner available, they can “play” with a stuffed animal and get double practice.

48. Play sight word Guess Who?

Sight words guess who

@rebekahpoeteaching/Sight word Guess Who? game via Instagram

Set up this game once and use it forever.

Learn more: @RebekahPoeTeaching

49. Sight word jars

sight word jars example

No Time for Flash Cards/Sight word jars via notimeforflashcards.com

Students organize a big jar of letters into words and pack them into smaller jars. Or put the letters you need for each word into a jar and students pour out the letters, then spell.

Learn more: No Time for Flash Cards

50. Sight word fishing

sight word fishing game

A Teachable Teacher/Sight word fishing via ateachableteacher.com

Put paper clips on notecards with sight words written on them, and have students go fishing.

Learn more: A Teachable Teacher

51. Sight word balloon toss

Sight word water balloon toss

No Time for Flash Cards/Sight word toss via notimeforflashcards.com

On those hot days, take students outside and write sight words on the pavement. Fill water balloons and have kids toss them at the words they read.

52. Sight words on the menu

student serving sight words putting letters onto a plate

The Kindergarten Connection/Sight word cafe via thekindergartenconnection.com

Put sight words in the pretend-play center and have students request, and then be served, sight words.

Learn more: The Kindergarten Connection

53. Sight word dominoes

example of sight word dominos

No Time for Flash Cards/Sight word dominoes via notimeforflashcards.com

Create sight word dominoes out of note cards and have students play dominoes, matching sight word with sight word.

54. Sight word caterpillar

bottle caps with letters on sight word caterpillars

This Reading Mama/Caterpillar sight words via thisreadingmama.com

Write letters on bottle caps and have students build sight words by adding letters to the caterpillar’s body.

Learn more: This Reading Mama

55. Sight word rubbings

raised sight words and rubbings using crayon

The OT Toolbox/Sight word rubbings via theottoolbox.com

Create raised sight words using a glue gun. When the glue is dry, students can use the cards to color over and see sight word rubbings.

Learn more: The OT Toolbox

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Big, at, can, does, go, see : these are just a few of what are commonly referred to as sight words. Sight words are those foundational words that appear frequently wherever you see words in print. Children should recognize sight words without sounding out the letters to build reading speed and fluency.

Sight words are unique. Many of them can't be figured out phonetically, and they are often an exception to the rules of letter–sound relationships. The best way to learn these words is through familiarity and memorization. This does not mean, however, that you have to sit with your child and use boring and basic flashcards. The best way children learn is by engaging in playful activities. Active learning will not only help your child retain the sight words, but will also develop skills such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, innovation, self-regulation, and working memory.

Try these 10 fun active learning games to help your child learn sight words and more!

1. Egg Hunt

Just in time for spring! You'll need paper (cut into strips), markers, and plastic eggs you can open. Write a sight word on each of the paper strips and place one strip in each egg. Hide the eggs all around your backyard or living room. Have a fun egg hunt with your child. Record one point for each egg found and two points if your child can read the sight word. How many points did your child get? Play again and see if she can get more points the next time.

2. Read An Interactive Book!

In the Curious World App, you can read over a hundred books such as Goldilocks   or Curious George Feeds the Animals .  When your child selects the 'Read To Me' option, each word will be highlighted as it is spoken. The more books she reads, the more she will start to recognize common sight words. Click below to try it now!

Sight Word Games - Curious George Book

3. Sight Word Smash-Up

You will need a few beanbags, index cards, and a marker. Write a sight word on each card. Spread the word cards on the floor. Shout out words and have your child toss beanbags onto them. Next, have your child shout out the word and see if you can hit them with the beanbags.

4. Sight Word Bingo

Sight Word Bingo

Make a grid (adjust the size depending on your child's abilities), and write a sight word in each square. Next, give your child some counters and read one of the words out loud. If your child can find the correct word, she gets to place her counter in the square. When she has completed a row or a column, she has won the game - bingo! For a digital version of this game, check out the Curious World App. Get 20% off your first year when you follow this link (discount applied at checkout).

5. Word Walk

You will need white paper plates and a marker. Write a sight word on each of the plates. Create a path all around the house using the paper plates. Start at the beginning of the path and have your child read each word as she walks to the end of the path. Your child can pick up the plate each time she reads a word. Repeat the game by creating a new path.

6. Spot the Word

Write 20 sight words on 20 pieces of paper. Use words you want your child to learn. Stick the words on a wall. Get a flashlight and dim the lights. Shine the light on a word. Ask your child to read the word. Switch it up by reading a word and having your child find it with the flashlight. Make the activity even more fun using black paper and a glow-in-the-dark crayon or marker.

7. Sight Word Attack

Oh no, the aliens are attacking! Move the spaceship and shoot down the correct sight word to stop them before they reach earth. Exclusive to the Curious World App .

8. Magic Reveal!

You will need heavy white paper such as poster board or cardboard, a white crayon, watercolor paints, and a paintbrush. Using the white crayon, write sight words in a random pattern on the paper. Next, have your child paint on the paper with watercolor paints. As the words are revealed, ask her to name the words she sees.

9. Puzzling Words

Children love puzzles! Take a 20 to 100-piece puzzle, depending on the size of puzzle your child can handle, and write a sight word on the back of each piece. Have your child pick up a piece and read the word before putting it in the puzzle. If she struggles with the word, read it to her and put the piece aside for her to come back to and try again.

10. Catch the Word

Start with 10 small balls. Tape a sight word on each ball. Play a simple game of catch, and each time your child catches a ball, she will read the word aloud. Repeat with the other balls and keep the action going.


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27 Awesome Sight Word Activities

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Did you know that sight words make up more than half of the words we read? So, it only makes sense that they are an important part of teaching kids how to read. Learning to read certainly doesn’t have to be boring though – it is exciting! These 27 awesome sight word activities for Pre-K and Kindergarten provide engaging, hands-on ways to build up sight word knowledge and increase reading skills!

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These 27 awesome sight word activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten provide fun, hands-on ways to build sight word knowledge and reading skills!

Grab some chopsticks and have a blast reviewing words with this  Pick Up Sticks Sight Words Game . // JDaniel 4’s Mom

This  Sight Word Game  is a great way to build up fine motor skills and get in some spelling practice too! // Little Bins for Little Hands

Did somebody say chocolate? This  Chocolate Sight Words Tray  is a sensory-filled good time. // Natural Beach Living

Take your craft sticks and turn them into these easy DIY  Popsicle Stick Sight Word Puzzles . // And Next Comes L

Get up and move with a game of  Sight Words Parking Lot . // And Next Comes L

Recycle your old games and play  Scrabble Sight Words . // Kids Creative Chaos

These sight word activities for Pre-K and Kindergarten offer interactive learning fun.

Build scissor skills and handwriting skills with  Cut and Paste Sight Word Sentences . // The Kindergarten Connection

Popcorn Sight Words  is a fun way to review words with your little ones. // The Preschool Toolbox

Take some notecards and create these simple and fun  DIY Sight Word Puzzles . // 3 Dinosaurs

Print out these  Sight Word Wall Cards  and have words to read at your fingertips.  // 3 Dinosaurs

Serve up some words with this fun Sight Words Cafe  dramatic play center. // The Kindergarten Connection

Use your sticky notes for a fun word review game of  Sticky Note Sight Words . // The Kindergarten Connection

Incorporate fun materials like play dough, chalk, and sticky notes to practice sight words.

Grab some watercolors and make a “magic” rainbow with this  Rainbow Sight Words activity. // The Kindergarten Connection

This  Word Building Travel Kit  is great for on-the-go or as a classroom word work choice.  // I Heart Crafty Things

Another great use for sticky notes – make these fun  Word Towers ! // Planning Playtime

Anything monster themed is a hit with my kids, like this  Monster Munch Sight Word Eater . // The Craft Train

I have craft sticks in abundance, so this  Popsicle Stick Sight Word Game  is perfect for a fun word review. // Teach me Mommy

Have you tried  Playdough Sight Word Writing ? // Fantastic Fun and Learning

Scrabble tiles and popcorn also add tons of fun to sight word practice.

These  Sight Word Printables for any Word List are fun no matter what words you are working on! // The Kindergarten Connection

Grab some chalk and head outdoors for a game of  Sight Word Twister . // A Mom with a Lesson Plan

Stay active and on the move with a fun game of  Sight Word Soccer . // Coffee Cups and Crayons

Save those plastic bottlecaps and build  Caterpillar Sight Words . // This Reading Mama

Have fun with letter beads and try  Sight Word Beading . // In My World

Popsicle sticks and frosting can add an extra layer of hands-on fun to your sight word activities.

These  Simple Tools for Making Words With Playdough  make sight word practice even more fun.  // The Kindergarten Connection

Who knew Nerf Guns helped with learning sight words too? This  Shoot The Sight Words  game is sure to be a hit!  // 1+1+1 Equals One

These crayon  Sight Word Rubbings  are a fun, sensorial way to learn sight words. // Sugar Aunts

Make some  Easy and Fun Sight Word Games with Felt  to play in each season of the year. // The Kindergarten Connection

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12 Sight Word Activities with a Lot of Hands on Learning

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Henry is a first grader this year and came home with a letter about their expectations for learning sight words.

Call me crazy, but I was so excited!

That means we get to do all these fun sight word activities to help him learn them!

Learning sight words can be a lot of fun for the kids with these simple activities!

Sight words are all about memorization and recognition. Not about the spelling or sounding them out.

Seeing the sight word and knowing what it is right off the bat. That’s the goal.

All throughout kindergarten we’ve been doing tons of sight word activities to practice, practice, practice. Henry loves it, so I just go with it!

These are twelve activities that we’ve done to learn sight words, with a few from around the web as well.

A wonderful bonus to any of these activities is that they can usually be adapted to letters. Check out the game on the stairs , or the magic pain t.

So, if you have a preschooler that wants to play along, just switch out the sight words for letters of the alphabet.

I’ve done this so many times with Henry and George. Henry works on sight words and George works on letters. Its a wonderful combo for hands on learning.

Make learning sight words fun, fresh and simple with these creative and fantastic activities your kids will love!

12 sight word activities using a lot of hands on learning:

  • Make a sight word treasure hunt.
  • Find matching pairs of sight words. Like the worksheets that you draw a line to the matching pair… but big.
  • Jump and grab the sight words.
  • Make an I spy sensory bag to spot the sight words.
  • A spider web caught the sight words! Oh-no! Find the matching sight words on the web.
  • Sight word practice , a game to get to the top of the stairs.
  • Magic sight word learning. What sight word magically appears? Can you name it?
  • Can you spot the sight word in the magazine? Circle it!
  • Sight word cup crash from Coffee Cups and Crayons
  • Sight word speed racer game from No Time for Flash Cards
  • Sight word parking lot from Juggling with Kids
  • Sight word scavenger hunt from No Time for Flashcards

12 sight word activities

Please share in the comments any of your favorite ways for your kids to learn sight words.

More homework? Check these out:

  • 21 Crazy Fun Ways to Practice Spelling Words
  • 24 Common Core Activities to Help Your Kindergartner Succeed

Products I recommend to practice sight words:

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  • 100 Super Sight Word Poems

About Jamie Reimer

Jamie learned to be a hands on mom by creating activities, crafts and art projects for her three boys to do. Jamie needed the creative outlet that activities provided to get through the early years of parenting with a smile! Follow Jamie on Pinterest and Instagram !

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Christi Warrick says

March 9, 2018 at 6:07 am

Malia Urquidi says

November 20, 2017 at 10:25 am

Thank you for these helpul activities.

Rachel says

November 21, 2017 at 8:05 am

You are so welcome! Glad you are enjoying them!

March 6, 2015 at 12:12 am

Thank you so much for these wonderful fun ideas! I am starting my first year homeschooling and I’m always looking for fun ways to learn!

sujata says

August 28, 2014 at 2:01 am

Thank you Jamie for the nice and creative ideas. I’ll use ladder game for alphabets today only:)

Reena Lewis says

August 27, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Hi Jamie, I just want you to know how much I love all your posts. I found you on pinterest because I loved a lot of stuff you shared. So creative. I hope that using your tips helps me to think more outside the box with my activities. Keep the ideas coming!

Jamie Reimer says

August 27, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Thanks so much Reena!!

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Sight Word Activities that Your Kids Will Love!

Make learning fun and exciting with these sight word activities that your kids will love! They are all hands-on ways for young kids to learn sight words.

Hands-on sight word activities that your kids will enjoy! Fun ways to teach sight words!

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Sight words are something that we have been working on a lot lately. So I am constantly on the lookout for awesome sight word activities that I know my son will enjoy. I’ve created a few on my own as well.

I thought it would be super helpful for all of you if I shared our favorites with you. This way you can make learning sight words more fun and engaging for your kids too!

Sight word activities that are fun and engaging for kids. Hands-on ways to learn sight words.

Favorite Sight Word Activities

Fun activities for kids to learn sight words.

Your kids will love  building sight words with LEGO bricks. This fun activity comes with printable pages that make it easy enough for children who are just beginning to learn sight words!

Make these super cool sight word pockets and kids can work on any sight words you want. They are even reusable so you can change up the words!

Your kids will have a blast building sight word towers ! A fun and engaging way to introduce new sight words to kids!

Spell sight words with stamps for a hands-on sight word activity!

Hands-on ways to teach sight words to kids in kindergarten or first grade.

This fun bead threading activity is a fun hands on activity where sight words and fine motor skill practice collide!

Car loving kids will go crazy over this diy parking lot game . They can pretend to drive while parking in the correct word.

If you have a super active child that enjoys the outdoors more than sitting at a table, this word work soccer game activity may be for them. Kids can outside and play while still incorporating words!

Coloring can be both fun and relaxing. Incorporate word work in with these printable color pages for a simple and quiet activity.

Even More Fun Sight Word Activities

Tips and ideas for teaching sight words to kids.

Sometimes weather prevents our active kids from playing outside. This stand up & play game will get the wiggles out while still practicing simple words.

This super fun scavenger hunt is low prep for mamas but unbelievably fun for kids. It’s an activity that can be done over and over with different words each time!

If you and your kids love Dr. Seuss books, this hop on pop game is sure to be a hit! It’s a get up and move game, perfect for rainy days!

This sensory activity is a perfect combination of sensory and sight words. A fun, different way of practicing writing but no mess to clean up!

Hands-on sight word activities that are super fun for kids!

These printable sight word books add a fun spin to learning to read. Each book is a new topic and a new set of words to practice.

This fun printable sight word activity is basically six activities in one. Kids can write, make, say, and more!

This fun diy sight word puzzle is easy to make and fun for kids. This set would be great as a busy bag or for on the go as well!

This Build A Sight Word is great for the future engineers! It is an activity that can be done by children independently as well!

Learning sight words through play!

Kids often need to be entertained in places that are not home. This Word Building Activity Travel Kit is perfect for in the car, at the doctor or a restaurant.

Learning activities for kids do not have to be expensive. This slap activity has inexpensive supplies but will supply hours of fun & learning for your kids!

Play dough is always a win in our house! I love how this play dough writing tray incorporates play dough fun with word work!

As you can see, learning sight words doesn’t have to be boring or monotonous. You don’t have to drill with flash cards every night. Instead, try out these fun, hands-on sight word activities that your kids will actually enjoy!

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100 Fun Sight Words Activities To Help Your Kids Read Faster

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Published Oct 15, 2023

Learning sight words is an essential reading skill and it doesn’t have to be learned through boring repetition. Let’s have some fun with sight words through sight word activities, sight word games, sight word worksheets and other ways to practice sight words that will have preschoolers, Kindergartners, 1st and 2nd graders playing with sight words!

More than 100 sight words activities collage with a kid playing with bottle caps, sight words on toy cars, sight words card with a bowl of small toys, a blown up ball with sight words on it, a cupcake pan with sight words in it, and sight words inside a plastic bottle.

How to Teach Sight Words

We have found 100 sight words activities that can be really helpful for kids learning to read in a creative way. Learning sight words helps kids learn to read faster by being able to identify frequently used words without having to sound them out.

Whether you are using these sight word practice activities in the classroom, homeschool or at home for reading practice, they are sure to speed learning and entice giggles.

What is a Sight Word?

A sight word is any word that is recognized instantly and effortlessly, by sight, whether it is spelled regularly or irregularly. – Ohio Education , Teaching Sight Words According to Science

Why are Sight Word Activities So Important?

Sight word vocabulary is NOT based on visual memory…visual skills! -Dr. David Kilpatrick, Plain Talk About Learning Conference 2018

Best Sight Words Activities for reading skills

We have put together over 100 sight words activities for new readers that your young kids will love because they are so much fun, they don’t feel like learning!

That means the more play kids can have with sight words, the more sight word skills they will pick up. That is why we have found fun sight word activities for:

  • Holiday sight word activities
  • Activities with sight words
  • Free sight word printables
  • Dolch printable worksheets
  • Sight word games
  • Sight word apps
  • Sight word sensory activities
  • Sight word lists
  • Favorite products for sight word learning

Let’s have some sight word fun!

Holiday Sight Words Activities & Games

Halloween sight word game with orange sight word cards sticking out of green playdough with a mini black cauldron behind it.

Halloween Sight Word Games & Activities

1. halloween sight words.

Try this Halloween sight word  game for a fun way to learn and celebrate Halloween with fun Halloween sight words .

2. Halloween Play On Words

Celebrate Halloween with more sight words ! You’ll love these free printable Halloween sight word games . All you need is markers, Lego miniatures, or pumpkin seeds.

Day of the Dead Sight Words games Coloring Pages

Day of the Dead Sight Word Activities

3. day of the dead sight word worksheet.

Our Day of the Dead vocabulary worksheets teach sight words in a fun and festive way!

Fall sight word worksheet is a fun game that 2 kids can play, then color or stamp in the circles to keep up with points.

Fall Sight Word Worksheets & Games

3. fall sight word worksheet.

Celebrate fall and learn with this free fall sight words worksheet from the Measured Mom . It is a fun game that requires two students to take turns rolling a die, find the number, and then read each sight word . Keep up with the points by coloring or stamping the different circles. Whoever has the most circles wins!

Sight word smash game that is a messy way to learn sight words by smashing paper pumpkins with shaving cream underneath.

4. Sight Word Smash

Making learning reading fun by playing this super fun (and messy) sight word smash game ! Hide dollops of shaving cream underneath the laminated pumpkins and when you call out a work let them smash the pumpkin! You could make this more fun and little more sweet and use whipped cream as well.

Valentines Sight Word Worksheets

5. valentine’s day sight word find worksheet.

Looking for some Valentine’s Day worksheets ? These preprimer and Kindergarten Valentine’s Day Sight Word Find Worksheets are perfect! Trace each word and stamp each heart with the correct sight word.

St. Patrick's Day words on flashcards to help reinforce Dolch words.

St Patricks Day Sight Word Activities

6. st. patrick’s day words.

These flashcards are a great way to learn St. Patrick’s Day words as well as other sight words. Each sight word flashcard has a picture of the word on it which helps reinforce each Dolch word.

Easter Sight Word Games

7. easter jelly bean numbers & sight words.

Have extra plastic eggs from Easter? Perfect! You can use them, along with these printables, to teach your child numbers as well as sight words (link currently unavailable). Your child will love these festive Easter sight word pages.

Thanksgiving Sight Word Activities

8. thanksgiving sight words.

Looking for some educational Thanksgiving activities ? This Feed the Turkey sight words is a great way to keep your kids busy and a great way to teach Thanksgiving sight words .

Free printable Christmas sight words based on Elf on the Shelf with pictures.

Christmas Sight Word Flash Cards

9. free printable christmas sight words.

How cute! I love these Elf on the Shelf flash cards . These free printable Christmas Sight words are perfect for the holidays and each card has a picture to help reinforce the sight word.

Sight Words Activities To Do Outside

Beach ball sight word game with little kid holding a colorful beach ball that has sight words written on it.

Sight Word Games with Balls

10. ball sight word game.

With this ball sight word game , you can write sight words on a large beach ball and practice by tossing the ball and reading a word. Not only will your child be learning about sight words, but it is a fun kinetic game as well.

11. Sight Word Games For Kids

Using balls to learn sight words is a fun and cheap way to not only learn, but get your child moving. This is a perfect sight words game for the spring and summer!

Sight word basketball game with a little boy dribbling a basketball on sight word cards placed on a driveway.

12. Sight Word Ball Games

Another fun ball game gets kiddos active with a sight word basketball game . Dribble the ball around the different sight words on the ground. It’s a fun way to learn and move!

Sight Word Activities Inspired by Super Heros

13. superhero sight words.

Be super with these superhero sight words ! Dress up in your superhero Halloween costumes and then choose active Dolch sight words like: look, jump, away, down, etc. Match them up and do them!

Sight words treasure hunt with a pot of gold and silver wrapped chocolate at the end.

Sight Word Scavenger Hunt

14. sight words treasure hunt.

Who doesn’t love a treasure hunt? Make learning sight words fun by dressing up like a pirate and using a map to find the treasure! The treasure of course are small cups of deliciously wrapped chocolate! This Sight Word treasure hunt is also a great way to teach your child about map reading and getting them outside.

15. Drive To The Sight Word

Since most of us have been spending quite a bit of time at home, here are some great sight word games at home . The best part is, you get out of the house and into the sun! Drive a remote controlled car to each of the sight words . Call out the words and let them zig and zag their toy cars to it!

Summer sight words game: sight word stomp for preschoolers and kindergarten kids

16. Summer Sight Words

Your kids will love this summer sight words game : Sight Word Stomp ! This is a perfect game for preschoolers and kindergarten kids. It not only teaches phonics and sight words, but also gets your kids moving around!

17. Sight Word Hose Design

Use your garden hose to allow your child to design a shape around the sight words you have written on the sidewalk. You can also loop the house around different words and call out the words and have your child find which loop it is in as well.

DIY Sight Words Games with Toys

Sight words written on green cards on and spread out on a yellow table next to a green bowl of various toys.

18. Sight Words For 2 Year Olds

Make sight word cards and pair them with small toys to make sentences. These are perfect sight words for 2 year olds and up.

19. Drag Racing Games

Once they have started to master the words, have them play this fun drag race game . You label each car with a different sight word and then you drag race them down the ramp! it is a fun way to learn.

Math sight word game with sight word cards and toys forming sentences on a wooden background.

20. Sight Words Flash Cards

Work on math words like same, less and than. This comes with a free printable. Mix up the sight words flash cards with different objects for a fun twist.

21. Erudition

This fun game called Erudition is an easy way to teach sight words . It has over 280 different sight words to learn and is just like a regular board game.

Knock down blocks sight word game with sight words written on colorful stacked blocks on a wooden floor.

22. Car And Truck Sight Word Games

Race around to learn to read! This game is so much fun and one of my favorites in our 100 sight word activity list. This is a hands-on sight word game that has you driving to each word and trying to find all the different sight words.

23. Dinosaur Sight Word Game

Dinosaurs! Dinosaurs are the best! Well, your little one will love playing with dinosaurs in this sight word game . Use different sight words to describe different dinosaurs and then let them find the different dinosaurs that are described by that word.

Word building activity using homemade sight word sheets and toy animals.

24. Word Building Activity

This cute sight word activity is super cute, but does require some work. Make your own sight word sheets . The top should have the words and the bottom half should have 3 pictures. You will then use small toys like toy animals, cars, or Legos to put on the correct image.

25. Magnetic Sight Words

You can make your own magnetic board with truck magnets for fun and easy sight word learning! These truck magnets are an easy way to play and learn at the same time.

Truck magnet sight word game with sight words written on yellow and red truck magnets.

26. Sight Word Snacks

Make snacks !  Use alphabet cookie cutters to bake cookies that your kids can use to spell out sight words. You could also use these cookie cutters to make your kid a super educational lunch or breakfast too. Sandwiches and pancakes are easy to cut and who says you shouldn’t play with your food?

27. Bananagrams Sight Words

Have some early literacy fun with this neat sight word activity involving Bananagrams . Use the tokens and sort them into different piles and then work on letters and sight words !

Sight Word Printables

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Printable Sight Word Worksheets

28. unicorn sight word worksheet.

These sight word coloring pages are themed with the cutest unicorn ever!

rainbow sight words printable worksheet for kids to learn sight words and then color

29. Rainbow Words Worksheet

This rainbows sight words worksheet is fun to fill out and then color all the colors of the rainbow!

30. Shark Themed Sight Word Worksheets for Kids

These free printable Shark sight word worksheets are fun everyday or especially fun during Shark Week.

Or check out these adorable Baby Shark sight word worksheets you can download & print.

Romping & Roaring Primer Sight Words: have, he, into, like worksheets

28. Printable Sight Word Worksheets

With these sight word worksheets you will find 10 pages that include 52 words. These sight word pages include: writing, color by letter, trace the sight words, and find the sight words.

29. Free Printable Sight Word Worksheets

Looking for more romping and roaring worksheets? Here is set 11 of the worksheets. This set includes 6 pages of fun sight words activities and sight work practice . There are even worksheets that let your little one practice their fine motor skills.

Free Sight Word Color by Letter: Dolch Sight Words: Preprimer, Primer, First Grade

30. Color By Sight Word

Learn words and work on motor skills at the same time with these printables! Learn sight words while coloring each word and then use each sheet as a card so your little one can practice over and over again!

31. Word Evaluation

Use these printables and cards to do a sight word evaluation for your child. These free printable kindergarten sight words is a great way to see where your child is at reading wise and what they still need to learn.

You can read sight words worksheets and practice with circling words and sight word puzzles.

32. You Can Read Sight Words

Check out these printables and laminate them for repeated practice learning sight words . Connect the dot, make a sight word puzzle, mixed up fonts, and more! These sight word activities are perfect for making learning fun .

33. Sight Words Writing Worksheets

Learn sight words by writing and stamping out the letters to spell out each word. It is a fun twist on traditional learning and if you want to reuse the pages then laminate them and use plastic letters to spell out each word rather than stamping them out.

34. Free Sight Word Worksheets

These first grade sight word worksheets are a perfect way to teach your child to recognize words and to read. There are so many different sight word worksheets available: playdough mats, stamp sheets, word trace, color by sight word pages, and more!

35. Free Printable Kindergarten Sight Words

While this is technically a sight words game , it is a free printable. This free printable kindergarten sight words game comes with everything you need, well almost. It comes with cards, directions, a spinner, and a board. All you need is little Lego tokens and a pin to hold the spinner together.

36. Free Color By Sight Word Worksheets

These free color by sight word worksheets covers 52 different sight words. Each page is a color by letter page and has the guide at the bottom. So, these worksheets also double as a color learning page too. How fun!

37. Tracing Sight Words Printables

What better way to learn new words than tracing sight words ? This sight word trace and find is a fun printable that teaches 52 different sight words on 8 different work sheets. Make sure you have a way to mark the dots may it be with coloring utensils, dot markers, or transparent bingo chips.

38. Printable Sight Words For Toddlers

Looking for sight words printables for your toddler or preschooler? Look no further! Here are 8 pages of coloring, marking, tracing, and more to making teaching sight words easy !

39. Printable Sight Word Worksheets For Kids

Looking for printable sight word worksheets for kids? Here are worksheets for preprimer, primer, first grade, second grade, and third grade. They are winter-themed and have snowflakes to dot and color.

40. Spin And Write Sight Words

This sight words printable is super cute and a lot of fun, and not only teaches sight words, but colors as well, and it works on fine motor skills. All you need spin and write sight words game is some crayons and a paper clip and you’re ready to go.

Free printable sight words game using a paper dodecahedron cut out as dice.

41. Free Printable Sight Words Game

This free dodecahedron sight word game is perfect for kids in Pre-K and Kindergarten. Once you print off the 8 pages and put the dodecahedrons together your kids will roll the dice and race the sight word cars to the end of the finish line!

Printable Sight Word Flash Cards

42. farm themed sight word cards.

Print off these farm themed sight words cards to help your child memorize sight words . Each card is farm themed and has a picture on it to help reinforce each word.

Printable Sight Word Books

43. free printable sight word books.

Check out these early reading printable sight word books . They are perfect for Kindergarten kids! There are 2 different books with so many different sight word worksheets to do!

44. More Free Printable Sight Word Books

Looking for free printable Kindergarten sight words ? This super cute sight word easy reader is perfect! It has practice sheets, matching games, reading practice and more.

Dolch Sight Words Worksheets

dolch Sight Words Worksheets

Printable Dolch Sight Words Worksheet

45. printable dolch site words.

There first grade sight words worksheets are perfect to learn 10 sight words. These Dolch Sight Words Worksheets include: matching, instructions on how to use each sight word, coloring pages, flash cards, and handwriting practice.

Printable Dolch Sight Word Flash Cards

46. dolch sight word worksheets and flashcards.

Learn 10 more sight words with these Dolch sight word worksheets and flashcards . This set includes 5 different worksheets that not only teaches new words, but also works on fine motor skills as well.

47. Dolch Primer Sight Words

Look how fun! Print off these Dolch Primer Sight Word worksheets , laminate them, and use these sight word worksheets to not only work on fine motor skills by writing the words, and copying the sight words with playdough.

48. Easy Sight Word Worksheets

Check out these free Dolch sight word cards that includes a guide that helps put together a sight word card ring . With these printables you will find 8 cards per page and over 200 Dolch sight words.

Worksheets to help your child master sight words

49. More Dolch Sight Word Printable Pages

We found even more Dolch sight word worksheets for you to use! These are actually 3rd grade sight word worksheets . The best part is, there are resources provided to help reinforce these sight words as well, beyond just the worksheets.

50. Dolch Word Flashcards

Flashcards are such a great way to learn sight words . Plus, if you laminate them you can use them over and over without them getting worn out. Put them on a ring or keep them in a deck, flashcards are a fun and easy way to learn sight words.

Dolch Site Words worksheets and cards for pre-primer reading help

51. Dolch Sight Word Printables

Take a gander at these sight word worksheets ! They are a hit! Many people enjoy these pre-primer reading help sheets and cards. If your child struggles learning words and letters, these worksheets are perfect!

52. Dolch Primer Sight Words

These Dolch primer sight words will teach your child 52 different sight words and has wall cards that start with each letter of the alphabet. There are 10 pages in all.

Dolch sight word printable worksheets for preschoolers through first graders

53. Dolch Sight Word Printable Worksheets

Here is week 13 of this Dolch sight words set. It has 8 more pages of words for your child to learn to recognize. This sight words set is perfect for preschoolers through first graders.

54. First 100 Sight Words

Learning about phonics is important when teaching your child to read, however, there are times those rules do not apply and that is where sight words come into play . Here are worksheets and flashcards with the first 100 sight words on them! Perfect for preschoolers, kindergarteners, and even first graders.

2nd grade sight words worksheets and flashcards

55. 2nd Grade Sight Words Worksheets

Need sight word worksheets for older students? These Dolch sight words grade 2 worksheets are perfect for teaching older kids. This pack comes with flash cards, handwriting practice, matching sight word games, instructions, and even coloring pages!

56. Free First Grade Sight Words

More sight word s for older kids! These free first grade sight word worksheets are a great way to reinforce words and help your child learn to read. Help them get the head start they need!

Dolch pre-primer words worksheets are a perfect way to teach sight words for toddlers and preschoolers.

57. Dolch Pre-Primer Words Worksheets

These Dolch pre-primer words worksheets are perfect for smaller kids like preschoolers. These can even be used as sight words for toddlers as well. There are different worksheets that include fine motor skill practice.

58. Dolch Sight Words Free Worksheets

We have found another pre-primer sight words set that is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. These Dolch sight words free worksheets are also perfect for practicing fine motor skills!

Dolch sight words worksheets for primer and first grade students

59. Dolch Sight Words Worksheets For Primer And First Grade

Here are some free sight word worksheets for kindergarten students and 1st grade sight words worksheets . They not only provide word reinforcing and are a great way to help your child read, but also provide fine motor skills, and coloring making these worksheets a lot of fun.

60. Sight Words List

Looking for a complete sight words list ? We have found complete Dolch sight words list for: pre-primer, primer, first grade, second grade, third grade, and nouns. That is all 220 words and nearly 100 nouns! The best part is, these Dolch sight words lists are printable.

Dolch preprimer coloring bookmarks for younger children.

61. Dolch Preprimer Coloring Bookmarks

Print off these Dolch preprimer coloring bookmarks and have fun coloring while learning. Each bookmark has a different Dolch sight word on it that your child can color anyway they want. There are 40 sight words so you can pick and choose a sight word everyday.

62. Printable Sight Words List

Check out this printable sight words list from both Dolch and Fry. Each list is broken up by each letter of the alphabet and covers 200 sight words (or high frequency words ) from each word list.

Free printable Kindergarten sight word worksheets with coloring sheets, matching games, flash cards, and more.

63. Free Printable Kindergarten Sight Word Worksheets

Get the crayons and scissors ready for these free printable Kindergarten sight word worksheets ! This sight word set has coloring sheets, matching games, flash cards, and more!

Free Sight Word Games

Sight word activities for kindergarten kids

Easy Sight Word Games

64. sight word activities for kindergarten kids.

Looking for more ways to teach sight words for toddlers , preschool sight words, and kindergarteners? Here are 20 fun ways to teach sight words .

65. Sight Word Snowball Toss Game

This is perfect if it is cold outside (with no snow), or even in the summer when it is hot. Plus, you can pair it up with the book Snowball Fight ! By Jimmy Fallon. Make your own sight word snowball toss game using tape and socks!

Sight word puzzles with painted puzzle pieces with letters written on them. Connect them to make words.

66. Sight Word Puzzles

Make learning sight word learning fun with this sight word puzzle . These puzzle words can also double as a sight word craft as it does require the puzzle pieces to be painted and the letters written on each piece.

67. School Bus Game

Learn your numbers, vowels, and sight words using this super cute school bus printable and sticky notes. It is simple and fun. Learn words , make sentences, and learn to read!

Sight word pebbles for playful literacy activities

68. Pebbles Phonics Learning

Learn sight words using pebbles and then use the words on these pebbles to make sentences. This is an easy learning game that you can use over and over again!

69. Sight Words Rhyming Game

I love resources that provide multiple lessons in one. Learn sight words while rhyming ! There are four different levels to play that includes a “Mix it up” game, a sight word matching game , and then a sight word “guess who game”, as well as a blackout rhyming game.

A fun sight word game where you use a d6 to roll out a color a sight word. Make it rainbow and fun!

70. Rainbow Roll & Write Sight Words

Work on colors, numbers, spelling, motor skills, and sight words all in one game! This free sight word printable is a fun game where you use dice to see what color you use to color in the letters. I think this is one of the more unique games in our 100 sight words activities list.

71. Minion Sight Words

Does your child love Minions? Mine is obsessed with them! Which is why they loved this Minion sight words game . it’s simple. You create your own minions and letter cups out of Jell-O and pudding cups and let them pick up the cups to spell the words .

Sight words games that are fun and easy with letter tokens, fireworks, toy cars, toy blocks, and flash cards.

72. Fun Ways To Practice Sight Words

Want more fun sight word games? Here is a great list of different sight word games , activities, and crafts that your child will love!

73. Sight Word Matching Game

Who doesn’t love matching games ? This Sight word matching game will teach your child new Dolch preprimer sight words that will have them ready to read in no time! What a fun way to reinforce words.

Hands-on sight word games with popsicle sticks, learning letters, spelling words in the sand, learning the syllables of each word and more.

74. Hands-On Sight Word Games

Looking for some hands on literacy games ? These hands-on sight word games is a great way to learn letters, learn words, learn the syllables of each words, and to learn to spell.

75. Baby Sight Words Game

Sometimes worksheets are too much for toddlers and babies. Sometimes they need something a little easier and a little more stimulating. This sight words game is the perfect thing! Squishing sight words ! Each ball has a sight word written on it and then you will use toy hammers, feet, or hands to squish the right word!

Guess the word game that is from pre-primer to 3rd grade using cards, markers, and laminated sheets in a binder.

76. Guess The Word Game

This game is a clever twist on the classic game Guess Who. This Guess The Word game is a fun way to learn Dolch sight words from pre-primer all the way to the 3rd grade.

77. Spelling Games For Kids

Want fun spelling games for kids? These 12 interactive spelling games are a great way to teach sight words at home . You can download and print all of these fun Word Bump spelling games.

Sight word games for the classroom

78. Sight Word Games

Are you needing more sight word games for your classroom? Then these fun twist on traditional games are right up your alley! Turn Candyland into a fun word game or this fun Oh No! Sight words game (link currently unavailable).

79. Sight Word Matching Game

Looking for a sight word game inspired by a popular children’s book? This fun sight word matching game is inspired by The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown.

This sight word matching uses party hats and is based on the book If you Give A Pig A Party by Laura Numeroff.

80. Sight Word Matching

This sight word matching is inspired by If You Give A Pig A Party by Laura Numeroff. You will use party hats in this sight word matching game , and each party has a sight word written on it. Your child will then need to match each sight word. You can make the game a little more challenging by having your child read each word aloud.

81. Sight Word Games For Kids

Bust out your crafting supplies! For these fun sight word games for kids you will need pipe cleaners and beads with letters. Using a sight word list (you can find multiple lists lower), let your child spell out the words with beads and thread them through pipe cleaners. Not only is this a great learning lesson, but it is also a great fine motor skill activity as well.

Use nerf guns to shoot jumbo cardboard blocks with sight words on them

82. Sight Word Shoot

Nerf guns are the best! I don’t care how old you are, you are never too old to play with nerf guns, which is why I love this sight words game . You tape sight words to cardboard blocks and then have someone call out the sight word . Once your child finds the correct sight word they will shoot the block with their nerf gun!

83. Apple Sight Words Game

This is a cute sight word game that also gets you outside. Print off some apple cards and write sight words on them and hang them on a tree. Call out each sight word and then let your child “ pick and apple ” from the tree.

Sight words bottle cap games for kids with sight words on one side of the green bottle cap and points on the other side.

84. Sight Words Bottle Cap Games For Kids

Recycle plastic bottle lids with this sight words bottle cap game for kids . All you need is: bottle caps, a black permanent marker, and a sight word list (you can find a few in the printable section of this post). Write the sight word on one side, and point on the other, and when your child picks the right word they get to add up their points to see who wins!

85. Battle Words

This is the coolest game! This sight words game is based on the Sink The Ship game where you have to find the enemies ship and sing them, except you use coordinates to find out which square each word is on. The more you get the more treasure you get!

Sight word tic tac toe game that is a modified version of the regular game, but instead of x's and o's on the tic tac toe board you use different sight words.

86. Sight Word Tic Tac Toe

Classic games like Tic Tac Toe are always fun to play. That is why I love this modified version of it. Choose a sight word for your child, and choose one for yourself, and instead of X’s and O’s you will use these sight words on the Tic Tac Toe board .

Fun Sight Word Activities

Easy Sight Words Activity by coloring over stickers to spell out words with blue crayons on white paper.

Sight Word Crafts & Art Projects

87. sight words made out of crayons.

Make learning fun by learning sight words with crayons ! This is actually super cool an easy! Use stickers on paper to spell out words and then use a white piece of paper over it and color, gently, with crayons to see words appear!

88. Sight Word Tree

This is such a cute fall learning project! Learn sight words by making a sight word tree . Plus, you get to get messy by finger paining leaves! Paint them green, red, orange, gold, and be sure to add words on each leaf and stick them on the branches of your tree.

Preschool sight word activities that involve cards, puzzles, and games.

89. Preschool Sight Words

Are you looking for clever ways to teach your little one preschool sight words ? Want to reinforce not only sight words , but letters and numbers as well? Then these hands on literacy games are just what you’re looking for.

90. Hop On Pop Activities For Preschool

This is a cute reading activity that also teaches words using a fun activity. Learn sight words, rhyming words, and enjoy a story! This activity is perfect for preschoolers and kindergarten children.

Roll and read sight words is a clever way to recycle toilet paper rolls and wrapping paper rolls.

91. Roll and Read Sight Words

This is such a clever way to teach and recycle! I love when I find new ways to go green. All you need is markers, a toilet paper roll, a wrapping paper roll, and some paper! Then you twist the rolls to make different words and write them down. This roll and read sight words activity is such a cute way to learn new words .

92. Sight Word Activities On The Go

Need peace on a car trip? These sight word activities on the go are perfect! Try out the alphabet scavenger hunt and sight word hunt to not only learn, but to get some quiet too.

This rainbow words activity is a great way to learn sight words.

93. Rainbow Words

This rainbow words activity are a great way to learn sight words ! All you need is construction paper, scissors, a glue stick, markers, and a favorite book you don’t have a problem marking in.

94. Blowing Down Sight Words

Looking for more learning sight words games ? This blowing down sight words is perfect! Use party favors on these jumbo cardboard blocks! It is a fun way to not only learn sight words, but letters as well.

Hide and seek sight words game that allows you to search for sight words through a baggie filled with red paint and then mark off the words you find on a piece of paper next to the baggie.

95. Hide And Seek Sight Words

Looking for mess free sight word activities ? This hide and seek sight words game is a fun way to learn sight words by uncovering them! Move the paint in the plastic baggie and mark off the words when you find them.

96. Eat Your Words Cookies

Your kids will love this sight words activity ! This eat your words cookies game is delicious and fun! Spell out sight words using Trader Joe’s Schoolbook Cookies . Once you spell all the words on your list, then munch away on the yummy cookies.

97. Hands-on Reading And Writing Activities

You won’t bee-lieve how fun this reading and writing activity is. I think this is such a cute sight words activity. You have paper bees, each with a word on it, and when you call out the word the player has to swat it with a fly swatter. There is also an alternative to the game where you spell each sight word in the salt using a paintbrush.

98. Roll And Write Game

Looking for another sight words game ? This roll and write game is perfect for kindergarten kids and first graders. The one who writes AND reads all the sight words on the paper first wins. Sounds simple, but this game also involves math and team work as well.

DIY sight word find worksheet for kids to reinforce words and to build problem solving skills.

99. DIY Sight Word Find Worksheet

These DIY sight word find worksheets are perfect for learning. They work on reinforcing words of course, but this is also very good for problem solving. All you need is some graphing paper.

100. Color By Sight Word Worksheets

This color by sight word worksheet is based around the story The Hungry Caterpillar , the solar system, and some free printable sight word books .

101. Make Your Own Sight Word Puzzles

Looking for an activity to make sight words more exciting ? Then you’ll love these sight word puzzles you can make yourself! Print out the sight word flashcards and have your little one color each card different colors, then cut each word into strips and see if your child can put them back together! This is also a fun color learning activity as well.

Sight word scavenger hunt using pink post-it notes and markers.

102. Sight Word Scavenger Hunt

Make learning sight words exciting, by turning it into a sight words scavenger hunt ! It doesn’t require a lot of supplies, just markers, Post-It notes, and maybe a prize?

103. Kindergarten Popcorn Words

Turns out learning sight words can be tasty! This Kindergarten popcorn words activity is a delicious way to learn sight words. Print the sight word popcorn cards and then use popcorn to cover the appropriate words. If your child is too little for popcorn you could always use chips, crackers, yogurt melts, or M&M’s.

Word treasure, a fun activity where a kid dressed up like a pirate searches the sand box to find sight word doubloons to put in a black treasure chest with a skull on it.

104. Word Treasure

Learn sight words by going on a treasure hunt ! Dig through the sand to find sight word doubloons and fill up the treasure chest! It’s a fun way to not only learn sight words, but also promote pretend play by letting them dress up and pretend to be pirates! Arrr!

105. Word Paint Game

I love paint swatches, they’re so versatile! They can be used for puzzles and learning! Turn these paint swatches into a sight word activity , by lining up the back swatch to the front swatch, both with words and letters written out.

106. Gross Motor Sight Words

Turns out you can teach your kids and keep them busy and entertained at the same time! Using masking tape let them spell out different sight words on the floor, let the trace them with pointers, roll sensory balls across them, and jump and dance around the sight words on the floor .

Sight Word Apps for Kids

Fun Sight Words Games for Kids

Sight Word Online Games

107. sight words online games.

Now learning sight words is easy! There are plenty of online games and apps where your child can learn sight words. Learn them playing whack-a-mole, doing mazes, and even spelling with ants.

Sight Word Educational App

108. fun sight word games for kindergarten online free.

Looking for an educational app to teach your child sight words? Look no further, Lola’s ABC Party 2 is a fun way to not only learn letters, but teach them spelling sight words , and even read short sentences, and teaches reading comprehension as well.

Sensory Sight Words Learning Activities

This fun sight word sensory activity both intrigues the sense and teaches your child how to spell

Hands On Spelling Practice

109. water bead spelling practice.

This is one of the cooler 100 sight words activities . It is learning sight words, spelling, and a sensory activity rolled up into 1. Hide letters in a batch of water beads for a fun sight word sensory activity . Once you find the letters take them out to spell out different sight words.

110. Sensory Spelling Cards

Learn sight words using this neat sight words sensory activity . Use cardboard to make sight word flashcards , however, instead of writing them out with markers, write them out using glue and salt.

Digging for sight words sensory activity with black beans in a tub, with paper carrots with sight words on them, and gardening tools.

Hands On Sight Word Practice

111. digging for sight words.

Digging for sight words is another fun sensory activity. Use gardening tools to dig up carrots that have sight words on them, and then match them with the coordinating sight word on your activity page! You could also switch out beans for other things like sand, lentils, rice, cereal, etc.

112. Dinosaur Writing Activities For Preschoolers

What better way to learn about sight words than with messy sensory play and dinosaurs! Use a plastic tray and make your own swamp goop and let your child write out their letters and different sight words. But watch out for the dinosaurs lurking nearby!

Fizzy sight words that makes learning sight words fun, by adding paint, baking soda, and vinegar to plastic letters.

113. Fizzy Sight Words

Use plastic letters to spell out different sight words and then add science and fun! Add baking soda to each letter and then spray vinegar! It bubbles, fizzes, and you can even mix paint to make colorful bubbles ! What a fun sensory sight word activity .

114. Salt Glue Sight Words

Write out sight words using glue and salt! This will create raised and textured words that feel rough to the touch. You can also add paint to them to make them super colorful as well.

Sight Word Lists by Letter of the Alphabet

We have created a big resource of sight word lists by letter of the alphabet and you can find them all here:

  • Letter A Sight Words
  • Letter B Sight Words
  • Letter C Sight Words
  • Letter D Sight Words
  • Letter E Sight Words
  • Letter F Sight Words
  • Letter G Sight Words
  • Letter H Sight Words
  • Letter I Sight Words
  • Letter J Sight Words
  • Letter K Sight Words
  • Letter L Sight Words
  • Letter M Sight Words
  • Letter N Sight Words
  • Letter O Sight Words
  • Letter P Sight Words
  • Letter Q Sight Words
  • Letter R Sight Words
  • Letter S Sight Words
  • Letter T Sight Words
  • Letter U Sight Words
  • Letter V Sight Words
  • Letter W Sight Words
  • Letter X Sight Words
  • Letter Y Sight Words
  • Letter Z Sight Words

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  • Looking for a quick way to play Sight Word Bingo ? This set works well at home or in the classroom for 2-36 players and Ages 5 years old and up.
  • My Sight Words Workbook has 101 High Frequency Words plus games and written activities from My Workbook.
  • Go beyond sight words with this fun 365 Words Everyone Should Know book from Usborne.

More Reading Resources from Kids Activities Blog

  • Grab these reading comprehension worksheets that you can download and print.
  • We also have this cute LEGO inspired free printable book tracker .
  • Word cards can help kids read faster with a little more fun.
  • Create your own reading program for kids .
  • And a ton more ways to make reading for kids easier and filled with play.

Which sight word activity was your child’s favorite? Did you find that the continuous practice kids need for building sight words skills was helped by this big list of favorite ways to play with sight words?

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Helping kids learn to read is such a magical, but often challenging, endeavor. Thank you for this fun and creative list of sight word activities!

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Sight Words Games

This collection of sight words games gives children opportunities to practice their sight words and build toward mastery while also keeping them engaged and having fun. In general, we recommend using a mix of recently introduced words and some older words for review. The games include:

activities for preschoolers sight words

Sight Words Bingo

Play bingo while reinforcing your sight words. Print out your own custom cards.

activities for preschoolers sight words

Sight Words Snakes & Ladders

A twist on the Snakes & Ladders (Chutes & Ladders) board game. Print out your own custom boards.

activities for preschoolers sight words

Sight Words Fly Swat

Spot your sight word, then squish it with the fly swatter. Build up speed while having fun.

activities for preschoolers sight words

Sight Words Fishing

Hook a fish and read the word to keep your catch. Print your own custom fish.

activities for preschoolers sight words

Sight Words Go Fish

Keep a small group entertained with Go Fish while they learn their sight words.

activities for preschoolers sight words

Sight Words Memory

Match sight words in this classic card game.

activities for preschoolers sight words

Sight Words Bean Bag Toss

Throw a bean bag on a flash card and then read the word. Combines sight words practice with physical activity.

activities for preschoolers sight words

Sight Words Parking Lot

Park the toy car in the right spot by reading your sight words.

activities for preschoolers sight words

Sight Words Pathways

Follow a sight words trail around the room, venturing over chairs and under tables.

activities for preschoolers sight words

Sight Words Donkey

Match sight words cards, but don’t be the last one holding the donkey card!

activities for preschoolers sight words

Sight Words Book Land

A sight words variation on a classic board game. Advance through the book lands while learning your sight words.

activities for preschoolers sight words

Sight Words Dominoes

Play dominoes with sight words instead of dots. Create custom dominoes to practice a few words at a time.

activities for preschoolers sight words

Sight Words Tic-Tac-Toe

A sight words variation on a classic game. Read words correctly to put down X or O markers and get three in a row.

activities for preschoolers sight words

Sight Words Boom!

Read sight words to collect cards, but watch out for the BOOM cards!

activities for preschoolers sight words

Sight Words Four in a Row

A sight words variation on Connect Four. Read words correctly to put down markers and get four in a row.

activities for preschoolers sight words

Sight Words Hangman

Draw from a stack of flash cards and read each word out loud to collect cards. But for every mistake, another body piece gets added to the Hangman!

activities for preschoolers sight words

Sight Words Lucky 13

Collect cards by correctly reading the sight words printed on them. Add or subtract the numbers on the cards until you have exactly 13 points.

activities for preschoolers sight words

Sight Words Last Card

Play our version of UNO, playing cards by matching color or number. Remember to read the sight word first, and watch out for Wild cards!

Additional Resources

  • Sight Words Games at Education.com
  • Reading Games at Starfall.com
  • Interactive Sites for Education
  • Super Teacher Worksheets

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Lorelle Cheney

I would like to give parents this website for working on advanced learning over the summer. I really like your materials and how you incorporate sight words in fun games. I will refer to this website in the spring for some of our students who are developmentally ready. Thank you!

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I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot express enough how grateful I am for this resource!!! I taught 9 years in public school and I have been homeschooling now for 3 years. This is what I have been looking for! THank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will be sharing your site with everyone I know!!!!

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Great website! I will be recommending people to visit and use the resources available–great material for children AND educators. Love it! Keep up the great work!

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I love this site! I am going to recommend this to my students’ parents, as well as, other teachers. I will be sharing this with my sister, well everyone I know! Thank you!

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I am really excited about this website! I am a homeschooling mom who has struggled with finding fun ways to help my 10 year old son succeed at reading (this comes after much success with my now grown daughters). This site gives me hope! THANK YOU!!!

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Karen Witte

Thank you for supplying these free activities. Very creative, my students love these games.

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Thank you, these are great games for reinforcing foundations with special needs students!

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Thank you so much. I am a retired Kinder teacher (wish I found you before I retired) but I am tutoring Kinder and and 1st after school now so I am thrilled to use you as a resource. Snakes and Ladders is a big hit..building confidence with high frequency words. I also made a game of just letters for one struggling with letter names and will use for sounds too. Thank you!

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Wow, I am sooooo blown away by the sheer amount of activities, variety, depth and complexity that went into creating the sequence for this curriculum. The fact that you choose to share these amazing resources FREE OF CHARGE is also mind blowing. I am a seasoned veteran with 13+ years instructing ESL Early childhood students and I have never encountered a curriculum like yours. You ensured that all areas of literacy development were covered in a fun hands-on multi-sensory progression of skills. This is my new small group phonics go-to resource this year!

I am so excited to have stumbled across this resource!! ♡♡♡♡ I am going to spread the news through my social networks and on my campus.☆☆☆ This curriculum is not only great for educators in a formal setting, but also home schoolers, tutors, parent volunteers, and parents who are looking for a comprehensive and easy to implement resource. You have ensured that quality instruction is accessible for all students by creating and sharing this resource. THIS IS A 5 STAR PRODUCT ☆☆☆☆☆.

I can’t wait to print and compile them in a binder and literacy bags. After the students master the skill, they will independently use them in literacy workstations independently and cooperatively in groups as well. Thank you for the treasure trove of blessings once again.

Cleo Jones Briargrove Elementary

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Thank you for fabulous games ready to go. It makes a busy teacher’s life so much easier and the kids will love these games.

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This is an amazing website … 🙂 …. !!

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Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

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Maureen Slaven

I really love this site. It has saved me so much work with flashcards etc. and the children just love the games, especially the Fly Swat where they get to use so much energy swatting the fly cards. Really good for those who have difficulty focusing and concentrating.

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Patricia Dorsey

May I reblog your games on my blog? My intended audience is teachers and others involved in education including home schooling parents.

ADMIN – Hi Patricia,

Absolutely! Please just include a link back to our site, so people can see the full curriculum.

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My daughter is in Pre-K now (three and a half) and is not familiar with a lot of board games. I know she will love the fly swat game. I’m wondering if you can recommend the appropriate game(s) for each level. Thanks so much for this great resource!

ADMIN – Hi Liz,

That depends somewhat on the individual child’s reading level as well as his/her temperament and preferences. Fly Swat, Pathways, and Bean Bag Toss are great games for little ones that need lots of movement to hold their attention. Book Land and Snakes & Ladders are based on board games that preschoolers are familiar with, but you should probably use a smaller word set and have repeated words, rather than throwing a ton of words at them all at once. Card games like Memory, Go Fish, and Old Maid may be a little too complex for younger kids.

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I am now super happy after visiting your site. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. These activities are amazing and I can’t wait to use them in my classroom.

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Brenda Wittkohl

I have a kindergartner that would benefit from this. Where can I find the Sight Word Games?

ADMIN – Hi Brenda,

Just click on any of the links on the top part of this page to go to one of our Sight Word games. We have twelve games to choose from!

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Hi! I’m an elementary teacher from the Philippines. The games you’ve presented were very helpful. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

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Wonderful resources,thanks for sharing. This are great for when you need small groups to go on and other students need something to do to help them in their reading. Again, Thanks!

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Great website! I have referenced it on my blog ( http://mdallenco.com/educationblog.htm ) These are great resources I wanted my readers to know about to help kids with their sight words. Such an important aspect of reading, glad see others providing a such wonderful resources to parents and teachers. Nice job!

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As a french immersion kindergarten teacher I am always looking for fun ways to support early reading. Your option to make our own sight words lists is very helpful. For some reason though the program is not recognizing the accents – Any suggestions for that? ? Perhaps it’s not something you have looked into yet. Thank you so much for this ‘fantastique’ resource.

ADMIN – Hi Heidi,

We originally developed this site for teaching children to read English, and the font we currently use does not support foreign diacritical marks. As we get more feedback from teachers who use the site for teaching other languages, we will consider expanding our resources in that direction. Thanks for your feedback!

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Leonie Shelley

Thank you – fabulous hands-on activities to make learning sight words fun! I will be sharing this page with teachers who come along to my training sessions and parents at my school.

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Paula Lee Bright

As an online reading teacher for so many of the kids that fail to learn to read at school, this list is invaluable! What a great set of activities to really activate the mind and body to reach that child inside who is so capable of learning. Kudos to you for your wonderful work. The fact that it’s free just makes it so remarkable!

Thank you. 😀

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Jesse The Comedian

Thanx So Much. My Lesson Was Boring But I Think Think Games Will Make It Alive…No More Yawning And Dozing In My Class!

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Love this site!!! My son had no real interest in WANTING to learn his sight words until we started playing these games. Now he can’t get enough of them and all the words he was struggling with in school he’s mastered! Thank you!!!

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Emma Whitbread

I am so grateful for this site! I’ve just sent it to every teacher I know, THANK YOU!!

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Maestra Sara

Thanks so much- I especially appreciate the option to put in your own words for the activities. In my class students study both English and Spanish sight words and this is so easy and convenient!

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I would like to see an app that uses audio feedback from child to correctly say a sight word. Selecting a word from a group said by an app allows too much guessing.

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Sonya-Marie Martel

Thank you so much for sharing this amazing sight words games. It is visually so appealing! I would like to share this page with the parents of my French immersion students. May I reblog your blog on my little school website? Mme Martel

ADMIN – Hi Sonya-Marie,

Yes, feel free to use it on your school website.

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Lisa Pierce

I’m a recently retired Special Needs teacher and former Literacy Coach. This is a wonderful resource site with easy to recreate activities to help children in sight word/high frequency word mastery. I’ve utilized the Fly Swat, Trail and Memory/Concentration activities with my great nephew during our tutoring sessions and he loves it! And it’s wonderful to see his growth that is evident and recognized by his parents/grandparents. Will definitely share this website with others! Thank you.

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Thank you for these awesome games. I was teaching at a school and was frustrated because I didn’t have my own resources to work with. I now have a plan to get back into helping kids learn again thank you.

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Dipanshu Dutta

Great website! I will be recommending people to visit and use the resources available here.I will also be sharing this with my sister for my nephew.Thank you!

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Stephanie Corley

Amazing Website!!! I am SO excited to try these resources with my daughter who isn’t loving sight words. Thank you so much!!!! I am so happy that I came across you!!! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!

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Ngawang Tsering

This is amazing,the sheer amount of effort and thought you have put into this is amazing. You have made things infinitely easier for parents and teachers. Specifically the games,are heaven blessed.

Boom. Thank you!

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It’s absolutely PERFECT!!!! The games are engaging, the quality of downloads is amazing! You saved days and days (if not months) of my time! Thank you very much!! I will recommend your site to everyone I know!! Have a nice day out there!!

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A – MAZING!!! We have an Indian system of teaching & kids get bored of learning & just writing it down. In contrast, these are sooooo creative. It keeps them excited all the time, the games are so well thought out, also the Custom options that allow us to insert the words. These can be used for higher grades, too, for teaching them spelling. I CAN’T THANK YOU ENOUGH. 🙂

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There are so many games. How will I know which game to use? And everyday do the same game, or everyday we have to do a different game? My daughter’s age is five and a half. She has difficulty with sight words. Kindly suggest.

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Cynthia Prather

I’d like to connect with Dr. Fry about another game possibility for his instant phrases. Please ask him to contact me, [email protected] so that we can talk.

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I am homeschooling my son, who I suspect has dyslexia, and he has a lot of trouble remembering sight words. I’m so thankful for all these games so that I can keep it interesting while we go over the same words over and over again! I especially appreciate that you can enter your own custom words so that I can make it correspond exactly with the reading program we are using. This whole website is great and I have recommended it to people more than once! Thanks!

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fantastic!! This is what I have been looking for. thanks for super great website!

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You are awesome. Thank you!

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Dale Miller

I have made most of the games for the students in our program. They have dealt with traumatic events in their young lives and these games help them so much. Thank you for putting this together , I know it must have been a great deal of work. All your time and effort are greatly appreciated.

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Rayane, China

I appreciate you guys so much. I just can’t thank you enough for the tremendous efforts you guys have put into preparing these resources for everyone to use. I also thank the parents and teachers for sharing their experience after they have tried your support. Again, I am very grateful for you guys.

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Mr. Teacher!

Thank you for your great games! – I found some more good ones here, sharing is caring! https://mrbayern.wixsite.com/topteaching/post/a-collection-of-sight-word-games-for-teaching-in-the-classroom

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If you like word games, you must try 4 Pics 1 Word and if you are ever stuck with any level. Here is a useful resource https://www.1word4pics.com/

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surya singh

This blog has made me aware of different programs which can become very useful for our friends and kids. Few websites provide combined courses and fewer of them are separately made for a single subject. Glad to get this information.

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It’s very nice and informative, your article! Thanks for sharing this knowledge. This blog has made me aware of different programs which can become very useful for our friends and kids.

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Thank you! I have shared these great games during conferences with families. I also use them in our classroom during reading groups and our students LOVE them! I teach in a bilingual school, so being able to edit the games with Spanish vocabulary was perfect! ¡Mil Gracias! Thank you for helping teachers and families 😉

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Sight Words Admin

De nada, Maestra! We are very happy to help.

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40+ Fun Ways to Practice Sight Words

activities for preschoolers sight words

The challenge with teaching sight words is that children need so much repetition – and that can get boring. So having a big list of fun ways to practice sight words can help you keep your students engaged longer.

activities for preschoolers sight words

If you teach kindergarten, then you probably already know that sight words are a big step in early literacy. Yes, phonics is critical too, but learning how to read some common words instantly really helps kids hit the ground running!

Of course, you want to make sure children are really ready to learn sight words so that no one gets frustrated.

Fun Ways to Practice Sight Words

These sight word practice ideas are sure to make work time feel more playful! Even better, many of these are multi-sensory activities – which we know actually help children learn better.

Write the Words in Fun Ways

  • Trace the word on a sand, kinetic sand, or salt tray .
  • Trace laminated sight word cards with finger paint or shaving cream (less mess than paint!).
  • Go outside and write words with sidewalk chalk
  • Or, stay inside and write the words on an easel or whiteboard. Dry erase markers make everything more interesting!
  • Write or trace the words with glitter markers, scented markers, etc.
  • Print off these cute worksheets and rainbow write the words!
  • Write the words on a Magna Doodle magnetic drawing board.

A photo collage showing how to build sight words using different materials.

Build Sight Words with Hands-On Materials

  • Use playdough to build words .
  • Build words with letter tiles, blocks, or alphabet beads.
  • Use magnetic letters to spell out sight words.
  • “Write” out the words with letter stamps .
  • Create words out of dried macaroni and spaghetti, alphabet shaped pasta, or even letter shaped cookies.

Number and letter magnets.

Gross Motor Sight Word Practice Ideas

Active children learn well when they can move around. Plus, providing lots of opportunities for physical activity helps them stay engaged and interested in learning.

Here are some ideas that could work in a larger classroom or nearby hallway:

  • Set up a sight word scavenger hunt where kids have to find the words and read them aloud.

A clipboard with sight word scavenger hunt sticky notes.

  • Make a sight word bean bag toss game: place words on the floor and try to toss a beanbag onto them. Read the words as part of playing.
  • Try having kids jump over to the words on the floor instead of tossing a beanbag onto them.
  • Play a matching game with 2 identical decks of word cards. Keep the first deck in a stack on one side of the classroom. Then, on the other side of the room, spread out all of the cards from the other deck. Students draw a card, read it, then walk across the room to find its match. Repeat until each sight word card has a match.
  • Play a balancing game where students walk across a long strip of masking tape on the floor. Place word cards along the line for children to stop and read. Encourage them to use their imaginations and pretend they’re walking across a log bridge, tightrope, etc.
  • Pretend to write the word in the air with their finger as a “pen.”

A kid writing a letter in the air using his finger.

Imaginative Play Sight Word Practice

When attention is lagging, some kids may respond to using imaginative play in their sight word practice!

  • Have dolls, stuffed animals, or action figures “search” for certain sight words. (Ages ago my kids practiced sight words with toy animals ).
  • Similarly, you can have toy vehicles drive around to read and collect sight word flashcards.

Parked toy vehicles.

  • Give the child puppets to read out words. It’s fun to ready your words in a silly voice!
  • Play police or fire dispatcher: say something like “there’s an emergency at the word have “! Then the child races to find that word card and pretend to help.
  • Involve the kids in inventing a simple sight word game with favorite themes or characters.

Musical Sight Words

A quick search on youtube will bring you lots of sight word songs. Jack Hartman’s high-energy interactive songs are super popular. If you want some sweet, calming sight word songs, then Molly Songs may be for you:

You can also just make up songs on the fly using familiar tunes and popular songs.

If you want your students to focus more on the sounds of each letter, and notice which words are irregular – a la Science of Reading – then you might like this newer playlist that I found from Nitty Gritty Phonics. There is more silly/engaging acting than singing, and the production value isn’t as high, but I think the educational value is fantastic.

Practice with Sight Word Apps

Practicing sight words with an app can be another easy way to keep kids interested in learning.

Some popular sight word apps include:

  • ABC Mouse (ad)
  • Reading Eggs
  • Learn Sight Words (ipad, iphone only)
  • Sight Words from RV App Studios

You can also practice with Boom Cards , which are wonderful because they can give teachers data about exactly which words students are struggling with.

Hands-On Sight Word Worksheets

Sight word worksheets don’t have to be boring. Many good ones incorporate interesting materials, such as dot markers, stamp markers, etc.

Here are a few from this site and in my store that you might like:

Mitten sight  word matching

Easy Prep Sight Word Center Activities

You also can print off and prepare cute sight word puzzles, feed the sight word activities, and more.

  • Swat the Sight Word
  • Sight Word Fishing Game
  • Popsicle Stick Sight Word Puzzles
  • Feed the Cow Sight Word Activity

A photo collage showing Prep Sight Word Activities.

In conclusion, young children can practice sight words in so many ways! You really don’t need to bore them with flashcards and drills. They’ll learn by having fun!

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Today I’m sharing some simple sight word activities that you can prepare in minutes!

activities for preschoolers sight words

So what are sight words, anyway?

Some people will tell you that sight words are words that kids can’t sound out; they just have to learn them by sight . Others tell you that sight words are the high frequency words: the words that kids encounter the most when they read.

But researchers tell us that sight words are words we recognize automatically without needing to sound out or guess.

The real question is … how can we turn high frequency words INTO sight words? 

The number one thing to do is to teach each word explicitly. That’s why I created my set of sight word lessons with decodable books.

Once you’ve taught the words with attention to the spelling patterns ( these sight word worksheets are also great for this), you’re ready for these low prep sight word activities that you can put together in under 15 minutes!

Low prep sight word activities

activities for preschoolers sight words

1- It takes just 5 minutes to set up Sight Word Sticky Note Match.   Just write the words on sticky notes and have your child cover the words on a dry erase board!

2 – Grab your alphabet stamps and some play dough for this simple sight word activity . 

activities for preschoolers sight words

3 – Write the words on sticky notes. Then have your child write them in sand .

4 – Teach sight word songs. 


activities for preschoolers sight words

High Frequency Word Worksheets – Based on the science of reading!

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Just say no to busywork! These high frequency word worksheets are the real deal. They’ll help your students connect the sounds to the letters and finally master those sight words!

5 – Write the words on sticky notes. Then have your child swat each sight word   with a fly swatter as you name it!

activities for preschoolers sight words

6 – Do fun actions with your sight words with This Reading Mama’s free action cards.

7 –   Write sight words in play dough with a stick or wooden skewer.

8 – Try chanting sight words in a variety of different ways – like a robot, a cheerleader, and more! You can get free sight word chants on TPT here .


activities for preschoolers sight words

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Teachers love our practice mats because they’re low-prep and effective. Kids love them because they’re engaging and hands-on!

9 – Make a sight word memory game . Just write each sight word on two different index cards. Then turn the cards over and invite your child to find the matches.

10 – Print these free sight word cards and build the words with letter tiles. When you join This Reading Mama’s free email list, you’ll get lots of free sight word cards! Learn more here .

activities for preschoolers sight words

11- Learning is always more fun with dice! Grab these free rainbow roll & write pages for a variety of sight words. Kids roll a die, check the key at the top of the page, and write the word in a particular color.

12 – This is such a creative way to practice writing sight words! Find the words with a magnifying glass and write them on the lines. Get the freebie here .

activities for preschoolers sight words

13 – Are you students learning beginning sight words? Print and play sight word blackout .

14 – Simply write your child’s sight words on a piece of paper and have him stamp them with alphabet stamps.

activities for preschoolers sight words

15. Grab the play dough, a sheet protector, and a dry erase marker. Your child can build the word with play dough and write it on the lines below. Get the freebie here .

16 – Grab these free color-by-sight-word pages.

activities for preschoolers sight words

17 – Get some colorful craft sticks and write the words with a permanent marker for some simple sight word puzzles .

18- Sight Word Showdown is both simple and genius! Just grab a stack of index cards and write each word twice. Then follow the directions in this post.

activities for preschoolers sight words

19 – Write sight words in muffin tin liners and play a simple game of Three in a Row .

20 – Bury magnetic letters in a sensory material. Have children dig out the letters to build words .

21 – Make a sight word parking lot . Draw tiny parking spots on a piece of poster board, and write a sight word in each one. As you name the words, have your child park a toy car in each spot. Learn more here .

22- Practice writing sight words using a dry erase marker on a dry erase board.

activities for preschoolers sight words

23- Write sight words on craft sticks and provide some magnetic letters for this portable sight word activity.

24 – Where’s the bear? Write the words on paper cups and hide a small bear or other tiny object. Your child guesses where the bear is hiding by naming the word on the cup.

25 – Go on a simple sight word hunt   by matching the sticky note sight words to the words on a clip board. (This one’s a favorite at our house.)

And there you have it! 25 low-prep ways to practice sight words!

activities for preschoolers sight words

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September 2, 2019 at 12:56 pm

I have been teaching for a long time. These are some of the same activities I have used with my students, however, I have not put them in a worksheet format. Thank you for this great website, for sharing these activities.

May 31, 2019 at 4:05 pm

I love the sight word books! It is exactly what I was looking for to help teach them to my 5 year old. I was disappointed to see that there was not a book for the word “like” that I could find. I will definitely be using this site often!

March 16, 2019 at 10:28 am

Great ideas! thank you so much for sharing! Sometimes people like me are not that creative and when you see posts like this, your world improves 🙂

March 17, 2019 at 7:10 am

I’m glad you liked this, Amanda!

Sarah Bartley

December 14, 2021 at 1:41 pm

Good Afternoon,

I purchased “25 low-prep sight word activities” this morning and still have not received it. Are you able to confirm that the purchase went through?

Laura Cherney

December 14, 2021 at 2:14 pm

Hi Sarah! Please check your inbox for an message from Customer Support. Thank you!

September 13, 2018 at 6:16 pm

I just printed your free pre-primer sight words worksheets and am excited about using them with my kindergartner, who is struggling with these. My only disappointment is that the collection did not include all 60 of the Dolch pre-primer words. Any chance they will be available in the future?

September 13, 2018 at 7:05 pm

Every list I’ve found has 40 preprimer sight words, so that’s what I’ve included in the free preprimer pack in the subscriber library.

Renata Cottone

March 21, 2018 at 6:24 am

Anna, you are amazing! I am a Special Education Resource Teacher and I use so many of your activities on a daily basis! You have inspired me as a teacher and the success is remarkable. Thank you! God bless you!

April 2, 2018 at 8:03 pm

Thank you SO much for your kind words, Renata!

July 30, 2017 at 6:54 pm

Very nice !! Thank you!

August 12, 2017 at 8:55 am

You’re welcome, Becki!

February 19, 2017 at 7:19 am

Thank you so much for your wonderful activities and games that you share

Anna Geiger

February 27, 2017 at 9:46 am

You’re very welcome, Mary, and thank you for reading!

February 12, 2017 at 9:51 am

Thank u so much!!!

February 13, 2017 at 5:08 am

You’re welcome, Mai!

February 11, 2017 at 8:13 pm

It is so nice for you to share your games. I was just looking us long vowel games. Your site was a great find. Thanks so much from a teacher in Oklahome.

February 12, 2017 at 7:07 am

You’re very welcome, Mary – I’m so glad you found my site!

February 10, 2017 at 10:12 am

Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful ideas and resources. I am always amazed and grateful!

February 10, 2017 at 10:19 am

You’re very welcome, Tammy! 🙂

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