DIY Sight Words Game Made From Popsicle Sticks

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.

Popsicle Stick Sight Words Game

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. 

Sight Words Game - Dynamite

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

Sight Words List GameKindergarten First Second Third Grade


This post was created in connection with my appointment as an Ambassador in the Popsicle Blogger Program. Visit to join the conversation.

240 thoughts on “DIY Sight Words Game Made From Popsicle Sticks”

  1. well you have to make picture frames out of them with toddlers….that’s a given, right? But my little one also likes to make puppets by adding googley eyes and feathers.

  2. The sight words are a great idea and perfect for my grandson. He knows all this letters and is interested in reading books now. These will help him recognize words!

  3. As a kid I always made things that I could use with my hot wheels. My favorite was a bridge. I think I would make one of those with my son so he can have as much fun as I did.

  4. I will make Popsicle stick flags of the world to help my kids learn their flags. thanks for the chance! 🙂

  5. We would use them to build little houses.

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  6. I like the Popsicle Stick Picture Frame, but we would love to make a little birdhouse too! Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway!


  7. I love all those ideas! I think I will store them away in my craft drawer until I have some kiddos to share in the fun with 🙂

  8. I love the sight words idea but I’d take it further and make letters so my older son could spell anything with them.

  9. My kids go through popsicle sticks like hot cakes. They make puppets, log cabins. fairy houses, flags, sculptures and more. You can never have too many popsicle sticks on hand in this house.

  10. My kids like to make picture frames and also Christmas ornaments using old Christmas cards that they glue to the popsicle stick frames

  11. I like to have ideas in the back of my head. I prefer to let them use their own creativity instead of telling them, this is what we’re making.

  12. my son needs to get ready for kindergarden- i printed the sight words- ill be making this soon
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    thanks for the list

  13. I love this game that you mentioned! My baby is still too little, but when she gets older this will be a great game to play! I also really like the picture frame idea! Great ideas I cant wait til she is old enough to try them!!

  14. My Nana used to make barbie furniture (chairs and beds) out of Popsicle sticks! I thought it was such a neat idea. She would make them with hot glue and let the grandchildren paint them.

  15. I would make the Popsicle Stick Fireworks except that I would make them snowflakes and hang them on the Christmas tree

  16. You could also paint them (or buy colored ones from the craft or teacher store to level them! Red for kinder, orange for 1st, and so on for multiple level playing with siblings or friends!

  17. I have 5 list of 50 phrases that I put each list on a different color of popcicle stick for difficulty level. For each 10 phrases I put in a stick that says “Zap” if they get a zap all sticks go back into the jar and they start over. The winner is the one with the most sticks at the end. This works on fluency as well as sight words.


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