Do you have an early reader who is working on sight words?
Are you looking for some new ideas to make sight word practice fun?
This Nerf gun sight word game for kids is perfect for getting kids up and moving while working on their reading skills.
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If your child loves Nerf guns, you may also want to check out this Nerf gun math game.
Nerf Gun Sight Words
- Nerf Guns and Foam Darts
- Sticky Notes
- Cardboard Boxes, Plastic Cups, or Blocks
- List of Your Child’s Sight Words
To set up this sight word activity, you will first need to decide which sight words your child should work on.
I suggest using a few words they have been struggling with, along with some that they have mastered. This gives them words they can have immediate success with and a few they will need to work a little harder for.
If your child is no longer working on sight words, you could also use CVC words or other words your child can sound out.
Use marker to write each word on a sticky note. There should be one word on each note.
Stick the sight words onto cardboard blocks, plastic cups, or even a few empty boxes from your recyclables.
Having the words on Post-It Notes means you can easily switch them. You can also put words on both sides of your blocks so each time the targets are set back up a new word can appear.
Finally, arrange the blocks or cups in a row. You can even stack a couple on top of each other for more fun.
How to Play Word Shoot Game
Have your child pick a word to read aloud. If they read it correctly, they get to shoot it, knocking the block or plastic cup down.
If they miss the word, they can try it again later.
Alternate ideas for Sight Word Shoot
- Call out a word and have your child find it to shoot.
- If you have multiple children, set up two different “ranges” and have a contest to see who can find the correct word to shoot first.
- Create your own DIY spinning targets to write the words on.
Playing Nerf gun sight words is a fun sight word practice activity your child will want to do again and again.
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- Learning with Nerf Guns, by Different by Design Learning
Originally published January 3, 2016.