Sight Words Practice at Home



With the oldest at school during the day, I tend to spend a lot of time getting creative with the preschooler.  But with Christmas break and an extra week off due to the weather, the kindergartner and I had plenty of time to really play with sight words!

At the beginning of the year the teacher sent home a set of flashcards with the sight words written on them.  But, honestly, flipping through sight words gets boring after 1-2 words.  Plus, my daughter is a mover!  So I wanted to incorporate movement in our sight word practice.

Our first activity involved sand.


sight word practice



I poured some sand into a large cake pan, making sure it was enough to cover the bottom completely.  Then I gave her an un-sharpened pencil to “write in the sand.”  She practiced saying the sight word aloud and then writing it.


sight word activity


The novelty of having the sand to write in made it more fun than just using pencils or markers.  Plus, it just feels different!


Our second activity is one we have done before, and it was a big hit!  (Pun intended!)


sight word game


I spread 5-6 sight word cards out on the floor at a time and then called out a word.  She had fun trying to hit them as fast as she could.

After a while, I stopped calling out words and she took over, yelling out the words and smacking them!  She was having so much fun that the preschooler came over and wanted a turn.  (He did pretty good when I spelled the words I wanted him to hit!)


We will definitely be playing with sight words again!  It was a great way to get some wiggles out and do some learning all at the same time this week!


Do you have a favorite way to play with sight words?

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  1. I have a post with all the sight words as free flash cards. I love these activities. OK with you to link to this list of activities from that post? You’ve got some great activities here.


    Monica recently posted..Family Fun Friday Week 51

  2. Great ideas! I think my kindergartener would love both of these learning activities. Thanks for the post :-)
    rebecca at thisfineday recently posted..Mad Libs: Kindergarten Sight Words Edition

    1. Oh, can’t wait to check yours out with the Mad Libs! :)

  3. We write them on fun paper – hearts, Christmas trees, whatever. Then we hang them and practice saying them – after we write them.
    Lauralee Moss recently posted..SAHM Lifehack: Week Two

    1. Different shaped paper is so fun for kids to write on! Mine love itty-bitty pieces! :)

  4. Sand is such an invaluable tool!
    Eva @ The Multitasking Mummy recently posted..Cardboard Box Car Wash

    1. It really is… So much more to do with it than just put it in the sandbox!

  5. This looks like a lot of fun! My daughter would probably love this:) Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board!
    Rachel recently posted..First Impressions: Vienna

  6. sight word smack, love it. I know Dino would love to do that…thanks for sharing babe.
    karen recently posted..I Barely Escaped

    1. My daughter is constantly moving… Activities like that really work for her. And, what kid doesn’t like hitting things with a fly swatter?

  7. You totally reminded me that we have those flyswatters and can use it with site words!!! Love it, visiting from HC Preschool and Kindergarten Linkup.
    Jennifer recently posted..A Peek into our Homeschool Week…

    1. Isn’t it great when you rediscover ideas?

  8. I love your hands-on approach to sight words. Thank you for sharing at the Afterschool Link up!
    Becky @ This Reading Mama recently posted..Beyond Identification: Four Ways to Move Forward with Text Structure

    1. We definitely need to do more of these types of activities! She had fun and we worked on those sight words at the same time! Win-win!

  9. Sand can be used in so many fun and educational ways. I love this idea!!

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!
    Jill recently posted..Letter S Gross Motor Activities

    1. Never realized all the ways we could use sand when we first got the sandbox!

  10. Great idea having your daughter use a pencil to write out her site words! She is learning more than just words here! I am featuring this on the Makeovers & Motherhood’s Welcome Party Wednesday Link-Up this week! Thanks for sharing!
    Makeovers & Motherhood recently posted..superhero activity pack (printable)

    1. Thank so much for featuring it!
      Working on those writing skills and being able to spell the word as well as read it. :)

  11. […] There’s Just One Mommy shares some fun sight word practice ideas, including sight words in sand. […]

  12. The flyswatter idea is brilliant! I know my 5 yr old would enjoy doing this for all kinds of skills beyond sight words. Thanks for sharing via Family Fun Friday.
    Stephanie Kay recently posted..From Catch-All Room to Master Bedroom Retreat

    1. It definitely could be used many ways!

  13. […] Love ideas of playing games to learn sight words, such as Learn sight words on sand or via games […]

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