There’s no doubt about it: Building a strong bank of sight words helps readers read and write more fluently and accurately. While we always want kids thinking about letter-sound correspondence in words, many high-frequency words break common phonetic rules. So what to do when “the” sounds like “th-uh” but is spelled t-h-e? Practice, practice, practice, of course! Check out this mega-list of low-prep, multi-sensory, and FUN sight word activities for kids to use in the classroom or at home.

1. Find and swat words

Sight word cards laid out in a grid pattern with a red fly swatter as an example of sight word activities for the classroom

An oldie but such a goodie. Find a word in an array and WHACK—swat it with a fly swatter.

Source: @kids_play_learn_laugh

2. Flip word pancakes

Sight words on cardboard circles that resemble pancakes with a small frying pan and spatula arranged on a white work surface

Serve up sight word pancakes while practicing spelling them aloud!

Source: @bee_happy_teaching

3. Hunt for treasure words in colored salt

Pink salt in a tray with colored sprinkles and a child's hand holding a paintbrush to brush salt off a card with the sight word "my"

Kids love using the paintbrush for “discovering” each word card.

Source:@loveforlittlelearners

4. Search for sight word balls

Small multicolored plastic ball pit balls with sight words written in chalk marker

Write sight words on ball pit balls with a chalk marker or dry erase marker. Kids can race around hunting for balls to read and toss in a basket or hunt through a big tub of balls for a certain word.

Source: @preschoolforyou

5. Start a sight word band

A teacher holding a wooden spoon in front of sticky notes with sight words stuck to various pots and pans and other metal objects

Loud but oh-so-fun! Feel the rhythm while tapping and reading sight words stuck to homemade percussion instruments.

Source: @reception_withmissf

6. Drive on a sight word path

Child's hand driving a toy car over a path of magnetic tiles with sight words written on them

This is one of many fun ways to use magnetic tiles for learning! Kids love “knocking down” word tiles with a toy car as they read each one.

Source: @travisntyler

7. Use sticky notes to inspire sight word sentences

Sticky note with the sight word "said" stuck to a pink child's bike helmet

Have kids stick words on items that give them ideas for sentences. “My Mom said to wear a helmet!” = so good!

Source: @kinneypodlearning

8. Write words on a sensory bag

A zip-top bag with blue paint inside with the word "and" traced onto it to match a sight word card

So easy: Fill a zip-top bag with a small amount of paint, seal well, and have kids practice “writing” sight words with their finger or a cotton swab.

Source: @makeitmultisensory

9. Wear a sight word crown

Paper crown headbands printed with rightwards

Wear your word proudly and practice reading others’ words. Fun in person or virtually!

Source: @mrsjonescreationstation

10. Make a rock word wall

A variety of sight words written on small rocks in chalk

Fun to make and fun for play! Great for learning sight words outdoors.

Source: @heartsandhandshomeschool

11. Spell words to a familiar tune

Spell Words to a familiar tune

Get sight words stuck in everyone’s head, in a good way.

Source: @saysbre

12. Feed a word monster

Feed A Word Monster sight word activities

Nom, nom, nom.

Source: @ecplayandlearn

13. Search for the pom-pom under sight word cups

Search for pom poms under sight word cups

Read all the words as you try to find the cup that hides the prize.

Source: @la.la.learning

14. Play sight word KABOOM

Play sight word kaboom

This classroom classic is perfect for sight words. If you need a refresher on the rules, teacher Jillian Starr covers them.

Source: @essentiallykinder

15. Roll and write words

Roll and write words for sight word activities

Roll, write, repeat.

Source: @mylittlepandamonium

16. Write words with rainbow colors

Write words with rainbow colors

Bonus points for smelly markers.

Source: @mylittlepandamonium

17. Trace words with flashlights

Trace words with flashlights

Stock up on batteries because kids never get tired of this!

Source: @giggleswithgreg

18. Find words in plastic eggs

Find words in a sensory bin

Give kids a checklist of words to find as they open each egg.

Source: @blooming_tots1

19. Spy words around the classroom

Spy words around the classrom

Just add a magnifying glass and clipboard to make kids feel like super sleuths!

Source: @readingcorneronline

20. Find words in the morning message

Spy words in the morning message

Don’t forget about old standbys! This is one of our favorite ways to get kids to recognize sight words in connected text.

Source: @tales_of_a_kinder_classroom

21. Build words with bricks

Build words with bricks

Such a great use of extra building bricks!

Source: @raysinkinder

22. Write words in sand

Write words in individual sandboxes

Easy-peasy to set up and keep neat if you use plastic pencil boxes.

Source: @teacherhacks

23. Spell words on a construction site

Make a word construction site

Bulldozing over each word to read it is the best part!

Source: @planningplaytime

24. Spell words with toy cars

Spell words with toy cars

Drive on over!

Source: @lozlovesprep

25. Park in a sight word “parking lot”

Park words in a sight words parking lot

This one is easy to modify based on whatever toys are available in the classroom or at home.

Source: @msbendersclassroom

26. “Plant” words in play dough

Plant words in play dough

Watch those reading skills grow!

Source: @planningplaytime

27. Build words in a sensory tub

Build words in a sensory tub

Because spelling is just more fun when your hands are covered in beans!

Source: @coffeeandspitup

28. Write words on a magnetic drawing board

Write words on a magnetic drawing board

That eraser track makes for a perfect word card holder!

Source: @moffattgirls

29. Or, write words on the window!

Write words on the window

Everyone wants a turn to write on the window!

Source: @kindergarten_matters

30. Shhh! Discover words written in invisible ink

Discover secret words written in invisible ink

Write words in white crayon and reveal them with watercolors on top!

Source: @teachstarter

31. Dot-paint words with a cotton swab

dot paint words with a cotton swab

Calming and effective.

Source: @sightwordactivities

32. “Type” words on a keyboard

type words on a keyboard cover

Busy day at the sight word office! Use a keyboard cover or any old keyboard.

Source: @lifebetweensummers

33. Read words before heading through the door

Read words before heading out the door

The line leader can double as the word pointer during transitions.

Source: @ms.rowekinder

34. Read the word the teacher’s wearing!

Read the word the teacher is wearing

Wait, is there something on my shirt?

Source: @theprimarypartner

35. Take a sight word cakewalk

Take a sight word cake walk

Choose a winning word when the music stops!

Source: @joyfulinkinder

36. Play sight word hopscotch

Play sight word hopscotch outdors

If you can’t get outdoors, tape on the floor works just as well.

Source: @wheretheliteracygrows

37. Jump, chant, and spell

Simply jump and spell

Great for the wiggles. Write a word on the ground and jump sideways to each letter while chanting a word’s spelling.

Source: @little.footsteps.big.learning

38. Go sight word bowling

Bowl those words right over

No bowling pins? Use half-filled plastic water bottles instead.

Source: @thecreativeteacher_

39. Ready, aim, read

Hit words with foam darts

Just throw a beanbag at a word target if foam darts are a no-go.

Source: @laurens_lil_learners

40. Play muffin tin ball toss

Toss a ball and read the word it lands on

Toss and read. It’s easy to use colored muffin cups to prep different sets of words.

Source: @homeschooling_fun_with_lynda

41. Read words to beat the clock

Read words to beat the clock

How many words can you read before the time is up?

Source: @creatinginkindergarten

42. Play sight word checkers

Sight words checkers

King me! If kids don’t have a partner available, they can “play” with a stuffed animal and get double practice.

Source: @sightwordactivities

43. Play sight word Guess Who?

Sight words guess who

Set up this game once and use it forever.

Source: @lessons_and_lattes

We’d love to hear—what are your favorite sight word activities? Share in the comments below.

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