Old school playground games are a wonderful way to work on a number of concepts with kids. Hopscotch is one of favorites so I thought I would share with you a wonderful way to work on learning to read and identifying Dolch sight words that uses hopscotch.
The first thing you will need to do is draw a hopscotch board on your driveway or sidewalk with chalk. I used the floor from JDaniel’s old Cozy Coupe as a template for drawing the hopscotch squares. It is perfectly fine to draw them freehand. Hopping on one foot can be challenging so; I created a little break area by having two rows with two squares in them.
The next thing I did was to write some sight words on index cards to be picked when that square was selected through a rock toss. You actually don’t need to do rock toss. You could have a child pick up each card as they get to it. The cards don’t actually have to be place on the squares they can be displayed beside the game space if you like. Children can pick a word they want to read each time they land on a square.
Having the card beside the game space eliminates the risk on having the cards hopped on and gives kids one less than to pick up as they go up the hopscotch board.
We played this Dolch sight word game this way first. A rock was tossed and hopping or jumping was done to that space. If the word was missed, the card was left in the square for another chance to be read later.
By the time we finished the Dolch sight word game the neighbor boys were lining up for a turn. They liked the idea of selecting the word they wanted to read.
Moving and reading seemed to be something they wanted to do too.