Moving Toys: Sight word game
This game is for younger children. Your child works on reading words in a phrase and following short directions.
Five to ten small plastic or stuffed toys are used. You also need a place in which to move the toys around. A Barbie house, toy castle, plastic farm are some examples (a box will also work). Sentences are written on strips of paper that direct the child where to move the toy. For example, “Bear is in house,” “Bird is on roof,” “Cow is on the box.”
Sentences are selected one at a time. Your child follows the directions and moves the toy. The directions should be easy to understand. The following words are effective in short sentences: on, over, under, in, behind, on top, with, next to. This game is effective for teaching sight words and improving comprehension.
You could also do this activity with markers and paper. Directions could be, “Set doll on paper. Draw a line under the doll.” Variations on this would be to write the word “doll” over the doll (or under it, next to it, etc.).
Bean Bag or Stuffed Animal Game: Sight word game
Spread words about a foot apart on the floor, facing the same way.
Instructions: When I call out a word, say it after me. Then throw your beanbag to the word. The word is [say word]. Child tosses the beanbag or stuffed animal to it. (Next step is optional). Bring [word] here and we’ll practice it. Practice with one of the techniques below:
- Trace with a marker while sounding the word out.
- Practice using a screen board.
- Write the word in glitter or shaving cream.
The phonics phone can be used during part of the practice time. Words are collected and reviewed at the end of the game.