My soon-to-be Kindergartener is all excited about learning to read. We have been practicing sight words all summer, and she is now discovering the thrill of seeing those words in a sentence and reading it. Now reading short, entry-level books, she has come a long way since the end of school year when she didn’t know a single sight word.
I attribute much of her success to practice and making it fun.
I wish I could take credit for creating this sight word game, but it actually came from her summer camp teacher. But because it has been so successful for my daughter (and because I am a Popsicle Ambassador so we love crafting with Popsicle sticks) I had to share it.
Sight Words Game — DYNAMITE!
Start with clean Popsicle sticks (go ahead, let the kiddos have an extra one this weeks so you have lots of sticks!). Write a sight word on one end of your Popsicle stick. We started with 20 words plus two sticks that say DYNAMITE! (22 sticks total.)
To play, take turns drawing a stick and reading the word. For every word that is read correctly, the player keeps the stick. But if a player draws DYNAMITE!, they must put back all of their sticks. When all of the sticks have been drawn, the player with the most sticks wins.
This game is all about using upcycled materials so we keep out sticks in an old Crystal Light container that I let my daughter decorate. (Note, Fudgecicles do not have jokes on the back of the sticks, so they are perfect for this game.)
The best part about this game is that it can be played with several players or alone. My daughter had a great time playing it with friends from camp, but she also plays it solo now that she knows the words better. Next week, I am going to switch out some of the words and make it more challenging for her again. The possibilities with this game are endless – math, science, etc. Anything you can use flash cards for.
Watch out Kindergarten, here comes K with 40 words under her belt.
Not sure what sight words to start working on? Click on the image below to download and print a list of 220 of the most common sight words by grade level.
This post was created in connection with my appointment as an Ambassador in the Popsicle Blogger Program. Visit www.facebook.com/popsicle to join the conversation.