Sight Word Activities: reinforce sight word recognition and spelling with these low-prep activities. Practice sight words in kindergarten with these hands-on centers.
Working on sight words is so important for kindergarten. Students need to be able to recognize and write them to become good readers and writers. Since it so important to work on them, I am constantly looking for new and fun sight word activities to keep it interesting.
One of the things that I do at the beginning of the year: I start a notebook that I add our sight words to as we learn them. So whenever we are setting up a sight word center, we can put the books at the table for our students to use. You will see this book in a lot of the pictures coming up.
This is a great and easy center to set up. We don’t even sort our letters, we just put them in baskets and let our students sort through them. If you are looking for a basic set of letters to get you started, you can find some here.
Black Board and Water
For this center, we had students write a sight word with chalk, then they could erase the word with the water. This was a different sensory experience for our students and they really liked going to this center.
Painting Sight Words
Along the same line as the previous picture, students painted sight words with water on a blackboard. It doesn’t take long to dry and they can keep writing !
Sight Word Beads
I bought these beads from Wal-Mart, but you can also find them on Amazon here. I put them in a bowl, put out a pipe cleaner and invited students to build sight words. So easy!
Stamping Sight Words
Students can practice writing their sight words with stamps. These stamps are from Scholar’s Choice, but you can use any stamps – like these ones. You can have them stamp on any paper, but if you would like this recording sheet it is a freebie (find it in my Resource Library).
Sight Word Rainbow Writing
We do this sheet for every one of our sight words so our students know how to do it without any explanation. They roll a dice and then use the colour they land on to trace the sight word. When they’ve used every colour, they can practice writing the word or write a sentence with the word in it. So all we have to do is photocopy the sheet and they are ready to go. You can get it here:
Sight Word Sticks
Another fun way for students to practice spelling their sight words. Write your sight words on jumbo craft sticks, and put them with some letter pieces. These are Bananagrams but you could use any letters that you have on hand (magnetic letters, wooden letters, etc).
Design a Sight Word
Practice writing and spelling sight words with these worksheets. Students write their sight word and then make a design in the background. Our kids loved coming up with different designs and they were engaged for a long time!
It is a free printable too, I have added it to my Resource Library.
More Sight word activities
Do you need even more sight word activities? Go to these blog posts to get more ideas:
- Sight Word Laundry Center
- Practicing Sight Words in Kindergarten
- 3 New Sight Word Play-Based Centers
- 2 New & Fun Sight Word Centers
If you want to know how I set up and use all these activities, go to My Ultimate Guide to Kindergarten Centers!
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE SIGHT WORD ACTIVITIES OR MATERIALS? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS!
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