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 learning these words more fun. You can easily make your own sight word tic-tac-toe game and have fun with sight word practice at home.
Sight Word Game — Sight Word Tic-Tac-Toe
To make your own sight word tic-tac-toe game, first draw a large tic-tac-toe board on white paper.
To keep our game board looking nice, and to be able to reuse it, I slid it into a plastic dry erase sleeve. Then I used a dry-erase marker (I love these markers) to write one CVC word in each square. (You could also do sight words or even math problems!)
Since it is October, 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. Of course you could just cut simple circles from 2 different colors of construction paper. I recommend making 5 of each; you want to have plenty for any ties you might have. (You could also use checker game pieces, with one person being black and the other red.)
To play sight word tic-tac-toe:
Players take turns reading the words on the board. If they get the word correct, 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!
Like this sight word game? Here are more fun ways to practice sight words at home: