You probably have a bunch of word lists that your kids have brought home from school or worked with at home. You can develop a compiled list of sight words from those lists. That list can be used to create great sight word games. We have used our list to explore words on a taped spider web and by hanging tissue paper leaves in the correct order to create words. Just recently I wrote some of this year’s sight words on wooden chopsticks. We used them to play a bunch of sight word games.
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Tips for Making Your Pick Up Sticks
The words were written on the chopsticks with traditional markers because of that the letters got a little blurry. (I really need to invest in some Sharpie fine-tip permanent markers.) Another thing I need to do is write the below the line letters (Letters like g and q.) a little higher up on the chopsticks.
The letters were written on only one side of a chopstick. You may choose write a word on the front and back of a chopstick. I figured children could just turn the chopstick over to see the word it if was faced down.
Various Sight Word Games
The First of the Sight Word Games
All of the sight word pick up sticks were gathered up in one hand and dropped onto a plastic mat. (The plastic mat was selected because the sticks on the bottom would slide easily off the mat.) Then we took turns trying to pull out a chopstick out of the pile. If the stick was successfully picked up and the words was read correctly, the stick was added to the readers success pile.
If the stick moved another stick or was misread, it was slipped back into the pile.
The Second of the Sight Word Games
To insure that the sticks end up upside the players of the game will build a pile of chopsticks with the words faced down. In this version of the game the players will not get to see what word they are removing for the stack. It will be a surprise.
We found that kids tried to pick words they thought were easy in the first version of the sight word games. In this version they only knew what the word would be if they selected a stick that someone had to put back in the pile.
The Third of the Sight Word Games
This version of the sight word games is played backwards. Children are given a equal number of the sight word chopsticks. They will take turns reading the words on their sticks. If they read the word correctly, they can add it to the pile of sticks. If the stick rolls or falls off the stack, then they have to place in back in their pile to try adding again later.
To make this version very challenging the sticks can be place on an over turned jar lid. It will be harder to balance the word sticks on the lid.
The Fourth of the Sight Word Games
This version is a twist on the first game. Children have to share a word that rhymes with the word they have selected as well as reading the word.
Here are a number of other sight word games and activities:
If you do try any of the above sight words activities, please leave me a comment below telling me about it or share a picture of it on my Facebook page.