Hands On Sight Word Activities

Kindergartners need lots of fun and hands on activities to make sight words stick.  Just reading the words in emergent readers, writing the words on white boards and pointing to them in a pocket chart isn't enough.  They need hands on sight word activities.

Today I thought I would share two of our latest and favorite sight word activities.  I like to rotate the sight word activities; which means I try not to repeat the same one two weeks in a row.  I will use the same list of words, but perhaps a different word order.  You may have seen this image last week on my Facebook page.
sight word beads, alphabet beads, sight word activities
I placed the sight words we have been working on in the word work center.  Students sifted through the tub of beads, found the matching letters then they had to bead, trace and write.
alphabet beads, sight word work, kindergarten sight words

The beads are from Lakeshore Learning
alphabet beads, Lakeshore Learning
Another center we have been using is the play-doh center.  At the beginning of the year I let them just play with it and have fun.  I showed them how to roll it between the palms of their hands to make it into a long snake to form letters and numbers and how to roll it into balls to make the dots on a ten frame.  I wanted them to get the playing part out of the way so they could focus on word building during word work time.
sight word work, play-doh sight word, play-doh letters
In this center they were working on forming letters or words.  Usually it is just one or the other, but this week I put in a mixture of a few sight words and a few letters that could build some of our sight words

You can find all of these in my TpT store.

I have the most amazing play-doh recipe.  It really will last all year long if you keep it in a container.  I keep mine in a ziplock bag. You can  get the recipe here in my post Play-doh Fun for Everyone 
If you have some favorite sight word activities please leave a comment I'd love to hear about them.

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