Sight words also known as high frequency words are vital for learning to read. They are the most common words in print and don’t follow the basic phonics principals. You can red more about the importance of sight words by clicking here.
Here are 8 of my favorite easy low prep sight word activities that I have used over the years to help my own children as well as my kindergarten and first grade students when I taught struggling readers.
The best part of these high frequency word games is that your little reader won’t think of it as learning because they will be having fun as they practice their sight words. And we all know there’s no better way to learn than to have fun when you are doing it!
So, let’s ditch those flashcards and learn some fun and exciting low prep sight word games to get your reader on the road to reading success!
Sandbox Sight Word Writing
Practice sight words in sand! Simply write the sight words on index cards and let them use a pencil or their finger to copy the word into the sand. It is visual and tactile. Add an extra learning modality and have them spell the word out loud and you cover three modalities; visual, tactile, and auditory! You can click here to read more about Sandbox Sight Words.
Twister Sight Words
Get those little bodies moving and let the giggles begin while they are practicing their sight words and play Twister Sight Words! Simply print out the sight words being practiced on index cards or paper and tape them onto a twister board and play! You can click here to learn more about Twister Sight Words.
Cookie Sheet Sight Words
Play-Doh Sight Words
Why not use Play-Doh and let your kiddo explore writing in a whole new way? The Play-Doh offers a great sensory element as kids form their letters and numbers. Read more about Play-Doh Sight Words.
Engage little minds and get kids busy practicing sight words with this super easy game, Detectives & Magicians. Find the full post with directions to this fun sight word activity here.
Tic Tac Toe Sight Word Activity
Here is a super simple Tic-Tac-Toe game to get those kiddos writing and reading their sight words! How much easier can this be? All you need is a piece of paper and some crayons! Easy Peeze! Click here to learn more about this Tic Tac Toe Sight Word Activity.
Fine Motor Sight Word Activity
Why just use this creative idea for name recognition? I change it up and add our sight words for my little learners that are ready to start with their high-frequency words. An added bonus, they work on strengthening those fine motor skills at the same time! Two for the price of one! Click here to learn more about this Fine Motor Sight Word Activity.
Candy Land Sight Words
Who doesn’t love to play Candy Land? If your kiddos are anything like mine, you get to play this classic game all the time! Why not sprinkle in a little learning fun and add in some sight words? Your little learner won’t even care that they are actually learning to read! Click here to read the full post about Candy Land Sight Words.