Monday, January 6, 2014

Sight Word Pop and Other Sight Word Activities

I am just now getting to writing up some posts of activities we did BEFORE Christmas vacation.  This particular game was a huge hit, but given the freezing temperatures here right now, it would definitely be an activity that we would move indoors.

With 4 kids, I do most of my shopping for birthday and holiday gifts online.  It is so much easier to just pop onto Amazon and order something with my prime shipping and then sit back and relax until it's delivered a few days later in a convenient brown box that keeps it safe from prying eyes.  Another bonus (or draw-back depending on how you look at it) is all the packaging that comes with those orders.  We all know that the best part of any gift for most children is playing with the box that it comes in, but we've also been finding new ways to play with that fun bubble wrap and the plastic air bags that keep our packages safe while shipping.

This activity combines a routine activity (practicing sight words) with something my kids love (popping things and making noise)!
Sight Word Pop and Other Sight Word Activities - Mamas Like Me

Set-up for this activity literally took minutes.  I grabbed a Sharpie marker and our plastic air bags and wrote a word on each one using my son's sight word notebook.

Since it happened to be an unseasonably warm afternoon, I took the kids outside and used clothespinsto hang our sight words on a tomato cage.  We have actually gotten more use out of our tomato cages using them for activities like this than we have during the summer months when they're trying to hold up our tomato plants!

Sight Word Pop and Other Sight Word Activities 
To start with I let my 5-year-old select any word, read it to me, and then pop it.  After he had selected several words, I let the younger kids search for their names since we are working on recognizing and identifying our names with the 2 and 3-year-olds.  After that, each of the younger kids would grab a word, take it to my 5-year-old to read to me and then everyone would "pop" their words together.

Sight Word Pop and Other Sight Word Activities You could also turn this into a race to see how fast your child could find a specific word that you call out.

This was so much fun for my active 5-year-old and he is patiently waiting for more boxes to arrive from Amazon so Mommy can make more sight words for him to pop!

Here are some more great ideas for practicing sight words from the lovely ladies of the Kids Blogger Network:
Sight Word Busy Box - Still Playing School
Sight Word Dot Marker Pages - 3 Dinosaurs
Sight Word Stomp - Look We're Learning
Sight Word I Spy Bottle - Sugar Aunts
Musical Sight Words - Mom to 2 Posh Lil' Divas
Sight Word Dolch Lists - 3 Dinosaurs
Sight Word Dominoes and Speed Racer - No Time for Flash Cards
Sight Word Snacks - JDaniel4s Mom
Dolch Sight Word Flashcards and Worksheets - 3 Boys and a Dog
Sight Word Bowling - Mom to 2 Posh Lil' Divas
I Spy Sight Words - Clever Classroom
Sight Word Scavenger Hunt - Sugar Aunts
Sight Word Sensory Bag - Childhood 101
Sight Word Parking Lot - Frogs, Snails, and Puppy Dog Tails
Muffin Tin Reading Games - Growing Book by Book
Sight Word Journals - Teach Preschool

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  1. I really like this idea! We get tons of these things and the kids love, love to pop them. Thanks for sharing at the After School Link Up.
    Kelly at Little Wonders' Days

  2. I absolutely LOVE this idea! Off to pin. Thank you for sharing at the Afterschool Link up!

  3. Great idea - they love to pop don't they??