Sight Word Bingo

sight word bingo

Sight words are the most common words children will encounter when learning to read and often do not follow phonics rules (you can find some of the most common sight words, also known as “high-frequency words” here). Because of this, sight words must me memorized (and they are the one of the few things I will ever tell you to have your child memorize). This sight word bingo game is a simple and fun to help your kindergarten child learn them.

I don’t recommend sight word bingo for children 2-3 years old. 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 at the time). Here I want to show you how simple it is to create your very own FREE sight word bingo game to go along with the sight words DVD.

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Sight Word Bingo

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a piece of paper
  • crayon
  • some cereal or candy

Instructions for Sight Word Bingo:

1. Make a 3×3 table on a piece of white paper. Write eight of the sight words you wish to review in each box, with a “free space” in the center.
sight word bingo
2. Call out the words and let your child use cereal pieces or small candies as “markers”.
sight word bingo
3. When he/she gets 3 in a row, they can shout “BINGO!” Big Brother had so much fun yelling out “BINGO!”
This post was first published March 2011. Updated 2018.

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  1. 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. 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. 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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