If you have a beginning reader, you know that sight words are a big part of the early reading process. Sight words help children gain confidence as they read, and increase a child’s reading speed and comprehension. To be successful, it’s important for your early reader to practice those sight words at home. Help get your child excited about reading with these 15 fun sight word games.
1. Recycle plastic bottle caps for this fun Bottle Cap Sight Word Game. Start with just a few bottle caps and continue to add words to the collection as your child progresses. This game is a great way to review sight words previously learned.
2. Get your child up and moving with Read to the Top. Bonus: it’s super simple to set up.
4. Outer space fans will be thrilled with this DIY Blast Off Sight Word Game you can make at home.
5. Have a Dr. Seuss fan? Give this DIY Dr. Seuss Sight Word Game a try.
6. Drive to the Sight Word is the perfect way to get your little vehicle enthusiast excited about reading.
7. Young children love playing tic-tac-toe. Turn that favorite game into a way to practice reading by playing Sight Word Tic-Tac-Toe.
8. When the weather is nice take the learning outside. Grab the sidewalk chalk and create your own sidewalk chalk reading game in the driveway.
9. Give the sidewalk chalk game a fun twist and play Sight Word Bang.
10. Have Nerf guns at home? Nerf makes learning sight words more fun! This Nerf Gun Sight Word Shoot will have your child laughing and learning for hours.
11. No one can resist popping bubble wrap! Save those over-sized packing bubbles to play Sight Word Pop. (This is one of our favorites!)
12. Let your child hit those sight words while playing Sight Word Smack.
13. Try using a variety of materials to write the sight words in. Spray shaving cream on the table and let your child use his/her finger to trace the sight words in the shaving cream. Get out the paints and let them paint the words. Or have them use a pencil to write their Sight Words in Sand.
14. Those plastic Easter eggs can do more than just hold candy. Pull out a few and practice Contractions with Plastic Eggs.
15. Mixing sensory play and learning is always a win-win. Bring some of that snow in during the wintertime to work on sight words (or spelling) in Snow.
Bonus: Play Sight Word Zap! Grab some crafts sticks and write a sight word on the end of each one. Write the word “zap” on one craft stick. Put all the sticks, with the words facing down, into a cup. Pulling one stick out at a time, see how many words your child can read before pulling out the zap stick. This game can be played with multiple people. The person who pulls out the zap stick is out of the game.
Help your child become a better reader by trying out a few of these fun sight word games at home this week!