Sight Word Bingo

sight words

Sight words are the most common words children will encounter when reading and often do not follow phonics rules (you can find some of the most common sight words, also known as “high-frequency words” here and here).  Because of this, sight words must me memorized (and they are the ONLY thing I will ever tell you to have your child memorize).

I don’t recommend this activity for children under 4.  Big Brother has been watching hours of TV this week since he has been so sick and has really enjoyed the Meet the Sight Words DVD that I did a product review on several months ago (which he loaded into the DVD player himself…I just know he’s going to break it one of these days)!

We just got this DVD back from loaning it to a friend (because it wasn’t developmentally-appropriate for my boys…and it still isn’t).  But I wanted to show how simple it is to create your very own BINGO game with sight words.

Here’s what you’ll need:  a piece of paper, crayon, and some cereal or candy.

1.  Make a 3×3 table on a piece of white paper.  Write eight of the words you wish to review in each box, with a “free space” in the center.
2.  Call out the words and let your child use cereal pieces or small candies as “markers”.
3.  When he/she gets 3 in a row, they can shout “BINGO!”


  1. Nellie says

    Thanks for this! My son has mastered the alphabet, letter sounds, etc., and I was looking for something simple to do. We'll try this out tomorrow.

  2. Grace says

    Great idea! I know you don’t recommend this for children under 4, but my daughter is 2, and she knows all the site words on the 3 DVDs, so I think she’ll have a blast with this! Thanks for all your fabulous ideas on this site! My little girl just loves to explore and try new things!

  3. Smitha says

    I loved ur article, esp the game for sight words. My daughter has a tough time learning it, (SHE HATES IT) but this game will make it fun. thanks a ton, God bless

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