Sight Word Activities for Kids

Sight Word Activities for Early Readers


Sight Words are an important component to a balanced approach to literacy.  Learning to recognize sight words (the most commonly used words in print) helps children to become more fluent readers.   These sight word activities for kids help make the process fun and engaging!

Here is a short excerpt from my eBook I Can Teach My Child to Read:  A 10-Step Guide for Parents:

There are a lot of misconceptions as to what exactly a “sight word” actually is, especially in the blogging community.  Words like “bed”, “bathroom”, “sink”, etc. are not necessarily sight words.   Yes, it is nice for your child to learn to read and spell these words, but they can be learned using basic phonics principles.  Sight words, on the other hand, are the most common words we find when reading, which often do not follow the phonics rules that children may be learning.  These words are not easily decoded (sounded out) and are often called “cheaters” because they don’t play by the (phonics) rules.

Teaching your child to automatically recognize these sight words while reading will greatly improve her reading fluency. The National Reading Panel (2000) has defined fluency as “reading text with speed, accuracy, and proper expression.”   Fluency instruction should always be paired with comprehension—just because a child can read aloud quickly and accurately does not necessarily mean she is gleaning the important information and concepts within the text.  Sight Word instruction, which aims to improve reading fluency, should take no more than 5 minutes each day.


Here are several sight word activities that can be done in 5-10 minutes:

Sight Word Bingo

Simple Sight Word Bingo

Roll-a-Sight Word

Roll a Sight Word Printable Game

Snowy Sight Words

Snowy Sight Words

Sight Word Smash

Sight Word Smash (with baked cotton balls)

Sight Word Pounding

Sight Word Pounding


Sight Word Dive (could do in the bathtub during the winter months)

Tips for Learning Sight Words

Tips for Learning Sight Words

Sight Word Target Practice

Sight Word Target Practice


Sight Word Shake

Here are some additional resources that we have found helpful:

Zingo Sight Words

Zingo Sight Words

Big Brother and I frequently play this together.  It makes the process of automatically recognizing sight words fun by turning it into a game!

Sight Word Readers

Scholastic Sight Word Readers

Meet the Sight WordsMeet the Sight Words DVD Set

These DVDs are helpful for when you just need a few minutes to get something done and want your child to watch something educational in the process.  We haven’t watched them all that much, but they are nice to have around.  Read my full review here.

Here are a few sight word apps for your iPhone or iPad:

Reading Eggs Sight Words

Reading Eggs Sight Words (iPad only or get the version compatible with iPhones and iPod Touch here-$2.99)

Sight Words List (free

Sight Words (free)

Meet the Sight Words ($0.99)

What is your favorite way to teach your child to automatically recognize sight words???


  1. Michelle says

    Thank-you! I’m just getting ready to start sight-words with my son. I’ve really appreciated your ebook, its given me a lot of guidance, besides just confidence that I can do this!

  2. says

    I just want to say thank you for the ideas!! My son just entered 1st grade and doesn’t exactly enjoy his homework and practicing his sight words!! I think these creative twists on learning will be enjoyable for both of us at homework time!!

  3. CEW says

    ? How on earth are words like “at” and “and” and “gave” sight words? These words can easily be sounded out.

    • says

      Yes, they can. But sight words (also known as high-frequency words) are the most common words in written language. So being able to recognize these words from sight (without having to sound them out) makes for a more proficient and fluent reader. Hope that helps! :)

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