64 Sight Word Games and Worksheets (freebies included)

Every year teachers ask the question: "How to teach sight words?" They look for new and fun sight word games. The first thing teachers try is using sight word worksheets, flash cards, songs and printables. But that’s not enough. Our little students always want more - more games, more play and more fun. No matter what list of sight words you use (Fry words, Pre-Primer, Primer, First, Second or Third Grade, etc.), the following sight word activities and online games will definitely spice up your lessons.

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Sight word games for kindergarten

Sticky notes

Write sight words on sticky notes and put them on your students' head, or their back. Then students have to walk around the room, read their friend's sight word, and write it down on a list.

Bottle caps

Take a sheet of paper. Draw circles/trace bottle caps. Write sight words you teach in those circles. Write sight words on the bottles caps with a permanent marker. Kids read words on the caps and then match them with words in the circles.

DIY

Create a big dice from a box. Write sight words on it. Kids roll/throw this dice and read a word.

Sight word races

The idea is by @elementary_einsteins. Love it!

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Sight word scratch

Read and scratch sight words. So much fun!

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Test tubes

How about using test tubes to practice sight words? Just perfect!

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Shapes

Draw the shape of the word on the board and the children guess letters until we fill the word.

Lower + uppercase letters

Write lower and uppercase words in flowers (or your choice) on the whiteboard. Ask kids to read and match those flowers.

Cups + light table

Build a word structure! Perfect idea from @thekinderteacher.
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Spell blindly

Ask kids to close their eyes and spell words aloud.

Make a sentence

No kidding, sometimes we forget the basics!

Clothes pins + jumbo popsicle sticks

This idea is by @apinchofkinder.

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Stamps

No need to comment on this one ;)

Jenga

Use the permanent marker to write one word on each of the blank blocks. Put the blocks up into a tower. On each turn, one kid pulls out one wooden block from the tower.

Memory game

The old game kids love to play!

What's missing?

I'm sure you forgot about this game too!

Puzzles

Use the marker to write a sight word on the back of each puzzle piece. Have your child put the puzzle together!

Bracelets

Create a bracelet with a new sight word for your student to see it all the time.

Name necklaces

This awesome idea is visual. And kids see the word all day long!

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Secret message

Cut out words from newspapers and create a secret message for kids!

Snap cubes

Use them to build letters and form words.

Spelling with coins or buttons

Use coins or buttons to make letters and spell out words.

Balloons

Make sure a balloon is in the air while kids spell the word.

Hashtags

Create sight words hashtags with kids. Just add 2 or more words together!

Blocks

Write on blocks with dry-erase markers. It’s a super simple way to practice sight words!

Sight word worksheets kindergarten

Gain students' attention and let them read and write sight words in a memorable way. Use these sight words worksheets as no prep activities or interactive notebooks. Try Free Typewriters with your kids!


Sight Word Online Games (plus the use of Technology)

iPad keyboard

Yes, as simple as that. Let the kids type words.

Osmo

Use this cool tech while teaching and playing with sight words! Here is the link you can get the Osmo kit.


Google Classroom activities and resources

Do you use Google Classroom? I just love it! Read about Getting Started with Google Classroom and see all the Must-Have Activities. The paperless classroom activities are hands on and could save you a lot of time! Perfect for Chromebooks, Android Tablets, iPads and other devices!

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Sight word apps

Doodle buddy

Use with little kids to practice sight words. Try it with older students to check various vocabulary (ex.: playing tic tac toe). Download it here.

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Learn sight words

Kids should swipe through the flashcards with words and read them. If they want to hear the words, they need to click on the face icon. There are 9 lists to practice sight words. Download it here.

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Sight words by photo touch

The description says this is a fun and addictive way to learn sight words by sight, sound & touch. Kids listen to the sight word and click on the correct word. Super awesome! Download it here.

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Sight word activities

Take advantage of various sensory activities with your preschool and kindergarten kids!

Playdough + buckwheat

So far it's one of the best hands on sight word activities which my kids love. Ask students to read the word on the mat. Then they need to spread playdough on each letter and finish it by "gluing" buckwheat to playdough.

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Pasta

Color various types of pasta and glue them to the words.

Sand trays

Prepare a tray with sand/colored sand and ask kids to trace sight words with fingers.

Rocks and salt

This idea comes from @sarah_bean_brooklyn.

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Seeds

Use flashcards with words or word mats. Prepare glue and seeds. Let the magic begin. Glue seeds to words.

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Rice

Another great variant to engage kids with sight words is glue rice on the top of words. They love this idea!

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Pipe cleaners

Let kids build words with them.

Wiki Stix

Make sight words and have some quiet time with kids.

Glitter

Who doesn't love glitter? My little students adore it. They discover magic! When glitter meets glue, read sight words without any difficulties.

Yarn

With this idea, you can either write high-frequency words on paper/cardstock or print mats. Then ask kids to choose yarn of their favorite color and cut it to small parts. After that, they should trace the silhouette of the word (or one letter) with a glue stick. In the end, kids glue yarn on top of the word.

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Lace

Make the letters on foam sheets yourself. Cut them out. Ask your child to draw dots along the strokes of each letter. Punch a hole in each dot using the hole puncher. Help your kid string each letter using the shoelaces or yarn. Kids can do everything themselves. They need your guidance!

Felt

Write words with a pencil on the felt. Cut them out. Print out sight words mats on cardstock. Glue felt words to the cardstock. Then decorate as you wish.

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Tissue paper

This idea is pretty simple. Print out word mats on paper or cardstock. Cut tissue paper into small pieces. Then let kids glue these pieces to the words.

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Foil

Prepare some object cut out from cardstock (heart, flower, emoji, car, etc.). We decided to create emojis. So we wrapped the shape in foil. Then we wrote a sight word with permanent markers. You can help kids and write the word with a pencil, then all they'll need to do is trace the word with markers.

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Variation. (This activity takes some time but it's worth trying!) Print word mats. "Paint" the word with a glue stick. Let it dry. Cut the foil (it must be bigger) and glue it on top. Then paint or trace words using permanent markers. (As you can see, our experiment failed a little because we used simple markers. But we turned it into magic - words disappeared!)

Free printable sight words kindergarten

Try all the sensory ways mentioned above with free playdough mats!

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Alphabet search

I got this cool idea from @cintaandco.

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How to teach sight words: unusual ways

Watercolors + sight words flash cards

Print flashcards or sight words playdough mats on paper or cardstock. Let the kids choose their favorite color and ask them to paint words.

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Variation. Kids will also love to paint the words with hands, fingers or q-tips.

Magic words

Use watercolors and a white crayon. Write a word with the white crayon. Then paint with watercolors. Kids will love to uncover these secret sight words!

"On the go!"

Every time kids line up for lunch or recess, they can read sight words.

High five!

That's the idea came from Carmen at Love Teach and Learn and was implemented by @the.k.files. I love it!


Sight words kindergarten songs and videos

Sing a song (on a famous tune)

Ask kids to sing a sight word on a famous tune.

Cheerleading

This way you do body spelling with kids.

Sight word videos for kindergarten

This particular video is by Jack Hartman. Let's sing sight words together!


Sight word reading games

Real & nonsense words

You can use a whiteboard for this or read the words and ask kids to decide.

Picture books

Use picture books to get the kids reading and extracting keywords from their book.

Sight word readers

These can take some time. But you can create readers together with kids. Use paper, ask kids to create a simple sentence, write it and then draw a picture.

Type in different fonts

Type sight words in different fonts and print the page. Ask kids to read words and circle their font (assign one font to every kid).

Magazines

Cut letters out of magazines and let the kids search the words.



Sight word practice (writing)

Dry erase tape

This idea comes from @suzannes_plans. Find out how she makes the tape.

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Paint bags

Use a ziplock bag with paint inside. Ask kids to write or trace sight words.

Trace

Use fancy pens / pencils / markers / crayons.

Box them up

Students complete sight word letterboxes. They need to fit the words into the correct boxes.

Sight word chips

This idea comes from @findthelittlemind. Read the caption below!

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