Hippity Hop Sight Word Game

Fun sight word games for kids
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I believe there is a place for a little rote learning and flash cards but I truly believe that most of the learning happens when you are having fun!  Miss 4 has been showing a huge interest in reading and writing at the moment and is enjoying learning a small list of sight words I have given her to practice along with her reader. 
 
Hippity Hop Sight Word Game was set up as a way to keep Miss 4 motivated and help making learning her sight words fun.
 
What you will need? 
sight word games for kids
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You will need dots or something similar such as pillows, sight word cards; I have used our free printable apple sight word cards and some pompoms.  I love these rubber dots from a twister game we have and we use them regularly in many of our games and activities.  It is also great for birthday party games such as musical dots instead of musical chairs.  I never have enough chairs!  Here I have set up our dots with some sight words placed on top and the pompoms at the end.   
We have free printable sight word cards here on learning for kids that you can download and use for this activity.  Click on the links below.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I explained to Miss 4 that the dots were stepping stones across a river and a huge smile came to her face.  I then continued to tell her that she needed to get to the other side by jumping onto each dot and saying the sight word before jumping onto the next.  I asked her “what happens if you get stuck on a word?”  Leaving the opportunity for her to help lead the game and Miss 4 then answered that it means she has fallen into the river and will have to swim back to the start!  Love the imagination!!  I assisted Miss 4 when she got stuck on a sight word offering strategies to decode and problem solve.    
 
Some decoding strategies to try:
  1. Look at the first sound and last sound in the word (some sight words cannot be sounded out).
  2. Look for smaller words within the sight word, such as ‘that’ also has ‘hat’  and ‘at’ in it.
  3. Look for letter patterns such as ‘th’ in the sight word ‘the’.
  4. Is there something interesting about the word, such as ‘was’ sounds like it has a ‘o’ and a ‘z’ in it but it doesn’t and it also make the word ‘saw’ when written backwards.
  5. Say the word in a sentence.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
When Miss 4 reached the end of the river she picked up the pompoms and gave them a great shake.  It may seem like a basic reward but Miss 4 absolutely loved it!  As she improved and got quicker at saying each sight word, we jumbled the sight words up and moved them around. 
 
There are many learning benefits Hippity Hop Sight Word Game:
  • Interactive and hands on learning; picking up the words, looking at them and hopping from word to word.
  • Problem solving – using strategies to decode the sight word.  Such as looking for letter patterns or smaller words within the sight word.
  • Memory – Recall, recognise and become familiar with some sight words.
  • Develop early reading skills.
More Sight Word Activities:
 
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Rainbow Salt Tray

Pre writing activities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
Why would you need crayons, textas, pencils and paper to draw when you can have more fun with a Rainbow Salt Tray!  Draw pictures, create patterns and practise writing your name with this simple to make Rainbow Salt Tray.  The greatest thing about a Rainbow Salt Tray is that it is cheap to set up, educational, you will find all the items around the home and it will entertain the littlies for hours!
A Rainbow Salt Tray is a great activity for kids of all ages, my 22 month old had a go and my 6 year old also had a play.  I just adapted and encouraged some ideas for them to try as they played.
 
What you will need?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You will need 5 basic things to create your very own Rainbow Salt Tray: about 100g cooking salt, sticky tape, coloured paper, a tray (see below for some ideas) and a paint brush.
  1. Cut the paper to fit and cover the base of the tray in order of the colours of a rainbow.   
  2. Place sticky tape over the joins of the paper to avoid the salt moving underneath the coloured paper.
  3. Cover the paper lightly with salt.
Tip: Only a small amount of salt is required for this activity as too much can make it harder to see the drawings.  You can also make your tray any colour you would like, possibly your child’s favourite colour, whatever motivates or interests them! 
Some ideas to use for a tray:
  • The lid to a plastic tub or container.
  • A cardboard box with the side cut down to size if needed.
  • A medium to large plastic container that has low sides.
Time to Play!
There are SO MANY things you can do with a Rainbow Salt Tray – here are a few ideas to try!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Rainbow Salt Tray is a great activity for Miss 4 to practise writing her name and for Miss 22 months exploring the cause and effect of what happens when using the paint brush in the salt.  I think the look on her face says it all – FUN!
 
The Rainbow Salt Tray is a fabulous motivator to get kids who need that extra support to learn how to write their names.  The fun is watching the colours come through when writing and drawing in the salt. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Miss 4 loves her numbers at the moment but is reluctant to try and write the ‘more difficult’ shape numbers such as 2 and 5.  She was more willing to have a go in the salt tray because she could so easily shake the tray and try again!  I also lightly formed their shaped in the salt for her to copy and trace over.
Miss 6 practising her current sight words, no boring paper and pencils here!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Rainbow Salt Tray is great for encouraging creativity, with the freedom to make patterns and pictures.
Pre-writing skills actvities 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Shake it and start again!  Hours of fun!!
 
Learning benefits of playing with a Rainbow Salt Tray:
  • Creativity
  • Fine Motor Development – Pre-writing skills
  • Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Cause and Effect
  • Spatial awareness – experimenting with shape and space
Eye spy with my little eye, I spot other great salt tray activities around the web!
Laughing Kids Learn - Salt Drawing or Writing
Teach Preschool - Feather Tip Salt Tray Writing
 
Thanks so much for visiting! xx
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Learning Sight Words – Ideas and Activities

Sight words are a term used to describe a group of common or high frequency words that a reader should recognise on sight.  Words such as; the, is and was, are an example of a sight word.  Having this instant or automatic recall of sight words helps early or beginning readers develop into smooth and efficient readers.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Today I am taking you into my daughter’s homework book and showing you some of the activities I do with her to assist with learning her sight words. 
Miss 5 has been bringing home a list of sight words to learn along with a home reader.  To make it more interesting, fun and motivating I have been coming up with a few activities that take no longer the 5 – 15 minutes to complete.  Every child has their own unique way of learning and absorbing of information, one activity might not help assist in learning some of the sight words but another may just help things to click.
                                                                                   
You will also see by the photos that our sight word activities are not focused on the neatness of writing or writing on the line.  The focus is to learn our sight words!
 
There are so many things you can do to assist with learning sight words and today I am just sharing a few as this post would never end…..
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our Homework Basket:  This is our first year we have had homework and do not have a desk or certain area allocated for this.  As the kids change and their needs change we may look at having something set up more permanently but for now our little homework basket helps us organise our homework sessions. 
In the basket you will find, glue sticks, scissors, highlighters, textas, pencils, eraser, coloured paper in a notepad, funky pens, stickers and a ruler.  Every evening on homework night we bring this basket to the table along with Miss 5’s homework folder and reader and this is where we do our homework.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1. Looking for patterns: The activity in the first photo is designed to show that smaller sight words can be found in bigger words and that words are made up of patterns.  At this time Miss 5 had the words ‘at’ and ‘an’ in her list of sight words to learn.
2. Magazine hunt:  Looking through magazines and cutting out letters to make sight words in the homework list.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3.Writing on fun paper:  Using pattern scissors to cut out small pieces of paper to practise writing the sight words on.  Depending on the child, you may like call out the word and see if they can write the sight word down without looking.  Otherwise it is also okay to look at the word and copy it down will also assist in the learning. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4.  Sorting by beginning letters:  This activity will depend on what words are in the sight word list but quite often a lot of the words will begin with the same letters.
5.  Sorting by number of letters: Sort and group the words according to the number of letters in the sight word.
If writing is an issue or your child prefers hands-on activities, you could write all the sight words onto flashcards that can be used to sort into groups according the beginning letter or number of letters. 
These two activities are decoding activities; it is looking at what makes up the word.  Doing this activity on colour strips of paper makes it more fun!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6.  Find the Match: Make two jumbled up lists using the sight words and then connect or match up the same word.  Again this is supporting the development of decoding skills where the child will be looking for letter/word patterns to find the match.
7.  Writing inside a Shape:  Chose 1 to 4 words from the list of sight words to focus on and write them over and over again inside a shape.  Setting a challenge to write the words as many times as they can to fill up the shape can be very motivating for some kids.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8.  Sorting by beginning letter:  This is pretty much the same as number 4 but in a different format.  Changing the format can keep sight word homework interesting. 
9.  Writing on a squiggly line: Writing a sight word over and over again on a squiggly line.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10. Writing in petals or other pictures:  Write each letter that makes up the sight word onto each separate petal.  This can be done on other pictures such as a train with a number of carriages.  Depending on the child, you can call out the words and have them write it without looking or have them copy the letters onto the petals.  Either way learning is still happening.
11.  Unjumble the words: Jumble up the letters in the sight words and write them down in the book to be unjumbled.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12.  Foam letters:  Learn your sight words using sticky foam letters to make the words in the list.  You can buy these sticky foam letters from most crafts stores.
13. Letter stickers: You can also use letter stickers to make the sight words. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
14. Memory:  Make a set of cards with the sight words written on them to make a game of memory.  Turn them all over and try to find the match.  This game is great because it is repetitive and the child needs to read the sight word out loud when they turn a card over.
15. Toilet Roll Alphabet:  This is a stand up alphabet and can be used to make sight words to assist with learning.  To make your own and print off the free printable click here: Toilet Roll Alphabet  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
16. Sight word search: On a piece of paper write each sight word about 3 to 5 times, this can be more or less depending on the child.  Then make a key with the sight words and colour coding them.  Using the matching colour for the sight, search for the sight word and circle them.
17. Alphabet letter cut outs:  Use cut out alphabet letters or homemade ones to use to make sight words.  This is very similar to the magazine hunt on number 2 but is a great for variety or if you do not have a magazine available.
 
Other Useful Links:
I hope you can find these ideas useful to motivate and keep an interest with your child as they learn their sight words.  I will continue to add more ideas and activities as I do them with my daughter.
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Apple Sight Word Activity with Paper Mache Tree

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We have found a new and fun way to use our paper mache tree – to help learn our sight words!
It is such a motivating and interactive way to play and learn with sight words. 
The paper mache tree then acts as a display and reference for kids to utilise for weeks to come.  Miss 4 and 5 would choose a word off the tree such as ‘the’ or ‘and’ and search for it in books.  Great fun and learning too!
 
What you will need?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
You will need printable Apple Sight Words  and we have used our Paper Mache Tree .  You could alternatively use a large branch that has fallen from a tree in the garden or make a giant drawing of a tree.  Both would achieve the same outcome.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We turned all the apple sight word cards face down and placed a small amount of BluTac or sticky tac on the back to stick onto the tree.  Miss 4 and 5 took it in turns to pick an apple sight word card to place on the tree.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Before placing the apple sight word card onto the tree they would read it out to me and assisted them when needed, teaching them some strategies to help recall them.
  1. Look for smaller words within the sight word.
  2. Look at the first sound and last sound in the word.
  3. Look for smaller words within the sight word, such as ‘that’ also has ‘hat’ in it.
  4. Look letter patterns such as ‘th’ in the sight word ‘the’.
  5. Is there something interesting about the word, such as ‘was’ sounds like it has a ‘o’ and a ‘z’ in it but it doesn’t and it also make the word ‘saw’ when written backwards.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Placing the apple sight words onto the paper mache tree is a fun, interactive and visual activity to assist kids with learning their sight words.  The tree acted as a reference for weeks to come with reading and writing activities.  Sometimes I would ask Miss 4 and 5 to find me the word ‘the’ for example and they both would run off to the tree and search for the word, then bring it to me.
 
There are many learning benefits with Apples Sight Words Activity:
  • Interactive and hands on learning; picking up the words, looking at them and placing them on the tree.
  • Problem solving – using strategies to decode the sight word.  Such as looking for letter patterns or smaller words within the sight word.
  • Memory – Recall, recognise and become familiar with some sight words.
 
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Printable Star Wars Theme Sight Word Cards

What are sight words?  Sight words are a term used to describe a group of common or high frequency words that a reader should recognise on sight.  Words such as; the, is and was are an example of a sight word.  Having this instant or automatic recall of sight words helps early or beginning readers develop into smooth and efficient readers.
 
Activities for sight wordsThis set of sight word flash cards was made with young Star Wars fans in mind. 
 
It is one way of trying to add a bit of fun into learning or sight words!
 
This post includes some ideas of how you can use the sight word cards in fun and interesting ways for kids.  There is also a link to download and print at the end of this post.
 
  
 
 
I have printed the Star Wars Sight Words onto coloured paper to make them more fun to look at and creative for activities.  I have also laminated them to add strength and help them last longer.  Having them laminated also enables kids to write on them with white board markers as this wipes off with a tissue.
Activities for sight words
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
There are so many possibilities in ways you can sort sight words into groups.  This is just one example; sorting them into groups according to what the beginning letter is.  The headings for this activity is included in the printable download.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sorting sight words into groups based on the end letters.  The heading cards are available in the printable download.
 
Other activities and ideas for learning sight words:
  • Sorting sight words into groups according to the number of letters in the word.  The printable document includes headings for sorting in groups based on number of letters.
  • Sight Word Hanger: Use double sided sticky tape to attached cards to a crepe paper streamer and display them from the ceiling, wall or along other furniture. 
  • Sort the cards into groups according to colour.
  • Sort sight words into groups that have the same letter patterns, such as play, stay, day, etc
  • Look for smaller words inside the sight word and circle them with a whiteboard marker for laminated copies or a pencil for paper copies.  For example the word ‘this’ has a smaller word inside it which is ‘is’
  • Dominoes: try and match some of the cards like dominoes with the beginning and last letter of the word.  Such as what-time-end-did-doing-going….etc
Click here and follow the link to print and download the Star Wars Theme Sight Word Cards
Printable sight word cards
 
 You can also download and print some Star Wars Sight Word Sorting Mats “here”
These are great to use to sort sight words into groups according to letter patterns such as ‘th’ or ‘wh’.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
Thank you for reading!
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