Over a dozen fun and free sight word games for kindergarten

All week I’ve been sharing with you some fun sight word games. My Kindergartener is not a fan of flashcards (I can’t think of many Kinders that have the patience to sit through flashcard practice), so instead of learning the words through boring repetition, we thought we’d make sight word learning more fun! Here are my sight word games, along with several other fun and free sight word games you can play with your kiddos to help them learn their sight words!

 


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Sight Word Jumping Game

Sight Word Jumping Game

All week long I’ve been sharing different sight word games. Today, I thought I’d share with you a little different way of getting your child excited about sight words. Jumping on the couch. You don’t have to actually have them jump on the couch, they can jump from the floor… but sometimes getting to break mom’s rules makes learning just a little more fun!

Supplies:
Printable Sight Word Cards
Frog Tape

Roll up pieces of frog tape and put them on the back of each sight word card. Use 8 or so cards at a time.

Jumping for Sight Words

Ask your child to pick up a sight word card, calling them by name. “Pick up ‘you’.” “Get ‘he’.” Once they pick up the right word, they bounce on the couch to try to stick the word as high up as possible on the wall. As they put up the words, comment using the words. “Wow! ‘Yes’ is up higher than ‘go’!” “Aw, man! ‘I’ didn’t get as high as ‘me’.”

Once all the words are up, have your child sit next to you, and talk about which word is the highest, which is the lowest, and which are the same height. You’re discussing spacial relationships while also learning sight words! Once you have talked about the words, have your child take down each word, calling out the name of the word as they take it down.

Keep playing, using the same words, or different words.

how high did the sight words go

Your kiddo will have fun, get a little exercise, and learn their sight words!

Sight Word Board Game

Erasable Sight Word Board Game

My Kindergartener loves playing board games. There is something about rolling the dice, and moving his playing piece that he just loves. Since we are working on sight words, I thought I’d make a sight word board game. The problem is – depending on which list you pick, there are hundreds of sight words! This game is great for working on just 6 sight words at a time. Once your child has mastered those six, you can erase the words and write in new ones. You don’t have to re-make the game for each set of words, just use a wet-erase marker and in a few minutes, the game has been re-made with new words! Let me show you how…

Supplies:
supplies for sight word board gameFoam Core
Duck Tape Deco Dry Erase Laminate
Solid Color Duck Tape (I chose red)
Wooden Block
Scissors
Craft Knife
Pencil
Permanent Marker
Wet-Erase Markers (Vis-a-vis)
Favorite candy (to use as playing pieces – my son’s favorite are red Mentos)

Start by cutting the foam-core into a board-game-ish size. You don’t have to be super perfect, just two pieces that are the same size will do.

Stack the two pieces, and tape together with a piece of Duck Tape along one long edge. Trim the excess.

tape pieces together

Cut a piece of the Duck Tape Deco Dry Erase Laminate that is roughly the size of the entire board when open. Open up the taped together foam core, carefully peel off the backing paper, and cover the inside of the board with the Dry Erase Laminate. Then cover all the edges with the duck tape. Before folding over the edges, clip the tape at the fold.

tape edges of board

The board is all put together!

board ready for game

Using your permanent marker, draw a big squiggle on the board, then a second line about 1.5″ from the first. Segment off the lines into boxes. I drew a star at the end to represent the finish.

draw board game

I counted the number of squares, then divided by 6. I wrote the numbers 1-6 randomly this number of times in the boxes. This helps when changing out the sight words.

Now to make the dice! Wooden blocks are inexpensive, so you can buy several, and write a sight word on each face of all the die, using different die when you want to practice different sight words. Or you can make erasable die to go with your erasable board. Start by cutting 6 squares slightly larger than the face of the block.

cut six squares

Peel back the paper and put a square on each face, trimming away the excess.

trim off excess

Cut twelve 1/4″ strips of Duck Tape.

quarter inch strips of Duck Tape

Put the strips along each of the edges of the dice. This will make sure all the edges stay in place through lots and lots of sight word practice!

finished erasable dice

To play, select 6 sight words. Write one on each side of the dice. Pick one side, write that word in all the boxes labeled with 1. Pick a second side, write that word in all the boxes labeled with 2. Repeat with all 6 sides.

write in words

Grab your favorite candy.

Use favorite candies to play a sight word game

Assign each player a piece, and start playing!

Sight Word Board Game played with Candy

Help your young learner out. Make sure all the words are facing their direction to make them easy to read. After the die is rolled, turn it to make it easy for them to read each time.

Each player takes turns rolling, then advances their candy to the next matching word on the board. When they get to the end and roll a word that there are no more of, they put their candy on the star, and win! When each player reaches the end, they get to eat their candy – everyone is a winner!

If you’re playing with a child who has sticky or sweaty fingers, you might need to keep your marker handy so you can re-write in the words as you play.

sight word dice after playing

Sight Word Matching Game

Play a Sight Word Matching Game

Playing “Memory” with Sight Words is a great way to help children interact with their sight words! To keep the game manageable, don’t start with an entire table covered with sight word cards. Start with 3 pairs, then work your way up to more. When you see your child start to get frustrated, use less pairs. The goal is to have your child interact with the words, recognize the words, and have fun. When they get frustrated, the game is no longer fun, and they won’t get as much learning out of it. Plus, they won’t want to play in the future.

To play the Sight Word Matching game, you need to print up duplicates of the Free Sight Word Printable Flashcards. Instead of making it a “Me vs. You” game, I paired up with my Kindergartener to help him. He got to turn over two cards, we identified the words, then turned them back over if they didn’t match. If they did match, we put them in a pile next to him. Once he got all 3 pairs, I put down three more pairs. You could play Sight Word Memory as a two-player game, where each person tries to find the most pairs, but I decided that I wanted only one goal when playing this game: have fun learning sight words. I didn’t want that goal to compete with other lessons like taking turns and sportsmanship. Those are valuable lessons, but not ones I wanted to focus on for this exercise.

Sight Word Matching Game

 

Sight Word Go Fish

Sight Word Go Fish Game

Are you ready for another fun sight word game? This game uses the Sight Word Printable Flashcards from yesterday. You’ll want to print out 3 pages, 2 copies of each. Any more than that, and the game will get too long to keep most youngsters interested. But feel free to pick out more, and just use 20-25 pairs each time you play.

We played a two player game. Our kindergartener is still learning his sight words, so he hung out in dad’s lap while I played against them. I think kids like to learn when they get to be in your lap. And it made the game more fun and didn’t put a lot of pressure on him to know all of his sight words. Great for an emerging learner.

Deal Cards for Sight Word Go Fish

Here is how to play:
Use 20-25 pairs of words (so, two cards of each word)

Deal 8 cards to each player, if playing with two people. If playing with more than two people, deal 6 to each. Put the remainder in a pile, face down, in the middle.

The first player selects a card from their hand, and asks another player if they have the matching card in their hand. “Do you have ‘the’ in your hand?”

If the second player does, they surrender the card to the first player. The first player lays the pair in front of them, they have a point! The first player continues, asking for a specific sight word card.

When the player encounters a “no”, they are told, “no, go fish!” They draw a card from the pile in the middle, and their turn is over. UNLESS they draw the card they were looking for. They then get to say “Fished what I wanted!” Their turn continues.

Each time a player doesn’t get the card they want, the next player in the circle gets a turn.

When someone runs out of cards in their hand, they pull the top two cards from the deck.

Keep playing until there are no more cards. The person with the most points wins.

pairs of sight word go fish game

Sight Word Flashcard Printables

Printable Sight Word Flashcards

I’ve made some sight word flashcard printables for you. But I’m going to ask you to NOT use them like normal flashcards. Ok, maybe sometimes. But rarely. Because flashcards are boring. Maybe don’t even call them sight word flashcards. Maybe call them Sight Word Game Cards. Because while you can use these Sight Word Flashcard Printables like standard flashcards, you should really use these sight word flashcards for playing games. Yesterday I shared my Sight Word Jumping Frog Game, and I’ll be sharing more fun sight word games later this week… for some of them you need flashcards ahem, I mean Game Cards. So I thought I’d whip some up for you.

I have 8 pages of flashcards, each with 8 words. I used the Dolch Sight Words for Primer and Pre-Primer. I didn’t include all of them, so I added a blank sheet if you want to make more. I made them in PhotoShop Elements, the font is Quick Type (size: 60 pt).

Print the Sight Word Flashcard Printables out on cardstock – plain or a light color if you like. I’d suggest printing two sets while you’re at it, because some games require duplicates.

Sight Word Flashcard Printables

Sight Word Flashcards Page 1 – the, to, and, a, I, you, it, in

Sight Word Flashcards Page 2 – for, up, is, go, we, can, see, not

Sight Word Flashcards Page 3 – one, my, me, big, come, where, here, make

Sight Word Flashcards Page 4 – he, was, that, she, on, they, but, at

Sight Word Flashcards Page 5 – with, all, there, out, be, have, am, do

Sight Word Flashcards Page 6 – did, what, so, get, like, this, will, yes

Sight Word Flashcards Page 7 – went, are, now, no, came, good, too, saw

Sight Word Flashcards Page 8 – well, who, new, must, soon, ate, say, please

Sight Word Flashcards Page – blank (boxes only – no words)

 

Jumping Frog Sight Word Game

happy playing with sight words

My oldest is in Kindergarten, and they are doing a big push on knowing sight words. I’ve been flipping through sight word flashcards with him for a couple months with little progress. Who likes sight word flashcards? Nobody. Especially wiggly 5-year-old boys! I was reading an article about including more play in a kindergartener’s education, so I decided I would come up with some fun sight word games. And I enlisted my friend Abigail from Lovin our Chaos to join me this week! When she’s not blogging, she is a kindergarten teacher, so who better to talk about letters and sight words?

Today I’m sharing a super simple Sight Word game, you just need two things – some jumping frogs and a pack of Vis-a-Vis (wet erase) markers.

supplies to make jumping frog sight words

Write your sight words on the frogs, then try to jump the frogs into the bowl, as normal.

play jumping frog sight words

While playing, use the words on the frogs as if they are the names of the frogs.

“You got THE in!”  “Try to get HE in!” “Wow THE jumped super far!”

My goal wasn’t to replace paper flashcards with pastic frog-shaped ones. The goal was to include sight words in a fun activity. Making the words fun, no-pressure, and approachable.

frogs hopping into bowl

With a wet paper towel, I can wipe off the words, and switch them up for new ones.

If you’re looking for more, check out these Alphabet Letter Cards with Sound Pictures that Abby is sharing today!