Phonics skills are important for helping kids sound out unknown words.
Sight words also play a big role in teaching early reading skills.
Sight word games can make sight word practice at home more fun.
You can easily make your own sight word tic-tac-toe game, and modify it to match the season or interests of your child.
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Sight Word Tic-Tac-Toe
This simple sight word activity takes almost no prep time. (Which is awesome, because life with kids is busy!)
Start by using a black marker to draw a large tic-tac-toe board on white paper.
Slide your paper into a clear dry erase pocket to keep your game board looking nice, and reuse it later with new words.
Then I use a dry-erase marker (I love these markers) to write one sight word (or CVC word) in each square.
Next, you need game markers. You could easily just use coins for this, with one person using pennies and another using nickles.
Or, you could change things up depending on the season or your child’s interest.
We did this activity in October, and I decided to make Halloween-themed markers for our game. I used construction paper to cut out black bats and orange pumpkins for our game markers.
In the winter you could use snowflakes and snowmen, or small Christmas trees and stockings.
Whatever you choose for markers, you will want to have 5 of each.
Sight Word Game
Once you have the game set up, players should take turns reading the words on the board.
If your child reads the word correctly, they get to put a marker in the square. If they don’t read it correctly, they miss their turn and the other player gets to go.
The first player to have three of their game pieces in a row wins!
Here are more fun ways to practice sight words at home: