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5 Ways to Practice Sight Words

May 25, 2015 by Emily

Five Ways to Practice Sight Words

If you are like me, you are always looking for new strategies to practice sight words.  If you are looking for different ideas on how to practice sight words with your kids, you have come to the right place.  I have collaborated with some of my colleagues to bring to you 5 Ways to Practice Sight Words!

1.  Use shaving cream

Kids love the texture, and it is way more fun than writing the words using pencil and paper.  I always buy the really cheap shaving cream as opposed to the gel kind because it is just more fluffy, and it feels better!

Use Shaving Cream to Practice Sight Words

2.  Get yourself some printables for your kiddos

Sometimes, a comprehensive review is great.  However, students need repetition when it comes to sight words.  If you don’t have a set, I made a sight word bundle with the First 100 sight words as printables you can use as you learn the sight words.  Click on the picture, or follow the link to my store to learn more!


Sight Word Printables

Sight Word Bundle


3.  Play Sight Word Tic-Tac-Toe

Assign each partner a sight word instead of using X’s and O’s.  I am a firm believer that children need repetition, and this game is perfect for that reason!

Play Sight Word Tic-Tack-Toe


4.  Play Sight Word Jenga!

Instead of writing the words on the Jenga blocks, get little garage sale stickers and use those to put on the ends of the blocks!

Play Sight Word Jenga!Play Sight Word Jenga and use garage sale stickers to put the sight words on the ends of the blocks.

5.  Have a sight word center during small groups

We have created a variety of sight word practice activities you can use in centers.  This way, your students are practicing their sight words daily in multiple ways using multiple types of media.

Swatting Sight Words


Fishin’ for Sight Words


Sight Word Cakes


Sight Word Keyboard Practice

6. Use fun manipulatives to practice sight words

Everything is more fun when you can use manipulatives.  Whether it is bingo daubers, Legos, play-dough, or pattern blocks, students will have fun “building” their sight words.

Poppin’ Sight Words


Your students can practice a given sight word 8 different ways with our Sight Word Activity Menus. Options include pattern blocks, Q-tip painting, and Legos.


7. Go digital with your sight words

We have created a few digital resources (on google slides) that can help your students strengthen their sight word fluency.

Students get to practice two skills with this Digital Sight Word Mats Center. They first practice typing and spelling sight words, then get to read and match other text to images to complete each sentence.


Build Sight Words Using Sign Language. As an added bonus, there is a self-check box on each slide for students to check correct spelling.


If you would like more ideas on different ways to teach sight words, be sure to head over to Clever Classroom and Simply Kinder, as we have all come together to get a collection of Ways to Practice Sight Words for you all!

Clever Classroom

5 Sight Word Activities that are Fun

Simply Kinder

Teaching the Littles Sight Words with Three Basic Steps



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