Before my son entered Kindergarten I had no clue what sight words were. I had heard my other momma friends who have older elementary school age children talk about them but I always wondered “what are they talking about”? Well, when he went off to kindergarten, we got the list! You know what I’m talking about (if you have kindergarten or older kiddos). We got the kindergarten sight word list! I wanted to make learning more fun for him so we play this fun kindergarten sight words game scavenger hunt. Your kids will love it!
Kindergarten Sight Words Game Scavenger Search Tutorial
Sight words are basically just commonly used words (example: he, she, the, that…etc)…words that your child will see over and over in books and around their classroom. So starting at a young age, kids are encouraged to learn and memorize these words. This Sight Word Scavenger Search Game is just a fun way to practice sight words! If your child is bored just sitting a the table reciting his/her words over and over, mix it up and create this fun kindergarten sight words game to play! You could have a reward for finding and saying them all correctly or just play for sheer fun. Whatever you would like to do.
Materials Needed for Sight Word Scavenger Search:
- index cards
- dot markers (optional)
How To Make A Kindergarten Sight Words Game Scavenger Game:
Grab your index cards and your marker. If you are familiar with sight words, go ahead and write down the ones that you would like for your child to practice. One word per card. You can even let your child write the words (for writing practice). If you are not familiar with sight words, you can simply search “sight words” in your search engine and some lists of common sight words will pop up for you to use.
Once you have written a handful or two of sight word index cards, grab your tape and tape the cards up around the house to create the kindergarten sight words game scavenger hunt. Try taping up 5 cards in each room so they know how many cards are out there to find and they don’t stop looking to early. You may want to group the cards as another fun learning activity- the color words room, the numbers words room, etc.
On the back of the cards that have number words, we used a dot marker and put the number of dots on the back of the word card. A little extra game of counting! You can do all kinds of extra fun hints on the back sides if you so desire like a drawing of a boy on the back of “he”.
Once the cards are all distributed, it’s time for the scavenger search!! Let your child see how many they can find and keep a pile for the words they got right on the first try and the words that needed more work. Then when you play again, you can make sure to reuse some of the ones they got right to keep them encouraged and all of the ones they got wrong to give them a chance to get them right that time.
Has your child started learning sight words yet? Do you have a kindergarten sight words game you play to help your child have fun learning their words? I’d love to hear about it in the comments or on social a @familyfocusblog
You may also be interested in these fun sight word practice ideas.