Sight words are boring. This sight word matching game is my attempt to make them a little bit fun. To give them context instead of just showing the child words written on blank cards. Basically, the game uses a modified version of these illustrated sight word flashcards with the sight word removed from the descriptive sentence. By writing those words on blank cards, your child can match which sight word goes in which sentence. You can play this by just letting the child match the words on his or her own or (after the child has gotten pretty good at this), as an actual 2 player matching game with all the cards flipped over, taking turns to make pairs.
Recommended Age Range: Kindergarten
Time Required: ~1 hour
Cost: Around $5 in used supplies, primarily because I used this thermal laminator (Affiliate Link) to laminate the cards 4 at a time. You could save money by laminating the cards with contact paper, which isn’t quite as sturdy and takes longer, but still works well, or by not laminating them at all.
- paper or card stock (22 sheets for picture cards and word cards or 11 sheets for picture cards + 42 blank index cards for written words)
- sight word matching game document
Supplies & Tools:
- ruler or paper trimmer
- laminator (Affiliate Link) and laminating sheets (or contact paper)
- Print out the sight word matching game document on card stock.
- Cut each sheet of paper into 4 cards using either a paper trimmer or a ruler and scissors.
- Write each of the 42 sight words listed below on a blank card (either an index card or more card stock cut in 4’s).
- Laminate the cards using a laminator or contact paper.
- Trim the laminated cards.
As mentioned above, typically I just use these cards by having the child match the sight words to the sentence in groups, as shown on the illustrated sight word flash card page. However, once the child starts to get a hang of the sight words and which one goes in which sentence, you could play this as an old-fashioned matching games, which all the cards flipped over in a grid and taking turns trying to make matches.
Sight Word List:
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