DIY Sight Word Game
To make our sight word game I cut out 9 rectangles to be our cards. I drew a hat similar to the Cat in the Hat’s hat on each card. (Yep, it would have been faster to do them on the computer, but we are out of ink at the moment.)
I chose to use all rhyming words for our cards, making it easier to sound out unknown words. (And very Seuss-like, too!) I wrote one word at the bottom of each card.
Then I made a small birthday cake to hide under one of the cards. Why the birthday cake? To celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2. (Doing it at a different time of year? Draw the cat for your child to find instead.)
The object of the game is to find the hidden birthday cake.
I had both the kindergartner and preschooler leave the room and then chose one card to hide the birthday cake under. When the kids returned, they took turns reading a word and then flipping the card over to see if the cake was beneath it.
The kindergartner already knew several of the words in this DIY sight word game and was easily able to sound out the others.
I LOVED that the preschooler was also able to play by sounding out the first letter and then add “at” to it and putting it all together. He was so excited to read the words “mat,” “hat,” and “rat!” (And I was excited to watch those wheels in his head turning!)
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