When I was first teaching Ashlyn to read, I would try to think of different ways to help make learning her sight words more fun. She had a list of about 30 “sight words” on post it notes on the back of her door. I bought them at Staples for about $4.00 and she loved them. Here are some other fun ideas that we have tried that she really enjoyed.
Rainbow Writing– This can be done with paint, markers, crayons, chalk, etc. Just have your child write the word and then copy it using different colors.
Hang Man- We play this on her easel and use her word wall words. I don’t really like the name of the game and we only draw the man when we play.
Guess the Word– I would give her clues such as, this word has three letters and rhymes with fan. Then she had to guess the word I am thinking of… can. This game is great in introduce vowels too.
Word Puzzles– I write her words on index cards (one letter per card) using a different color for each word. Then she had to piece them together and spell the word. You can have your child glue them onto a different piece of paper or store them in an envelope to be used over and over again. This is a fun activity to do with your child’s name also. Ashlyn loved spelling all the names of the people in our family.
Find the Words– I type up a very short paragraph using as many of her words as I can. Then I would give her a highlighter to find her words. Then she would illustrate the story.
4 In a Row– I stumbled across this idea by a man named Adrian Bruce. I printed a couple of different game boards and had them laminated. The directions are on the website and it’s a simple game for any age. We used coins as game markers so Ashlyn could learn the different coin names and amounts as she was practicing her words. She still loves to play this game.
Magazine Hunt– Have your child go through an old magazine or newspaper and cut out their words. Then glue them on a different piece of paper.
There are lots of other ideas but this is a good start. Hope it helps!
Check out my sight word list.