Alisha, a Hands On As We Grow contributor, brings us this simple way for preschoolers and kindergartners to practice sight words, using an every day manipulative found right in your cupboard.
Sight word practice is an essential component for reading development and this hands-on formation approach is sure to help your kiddos remember them.
For this activity, we needed some small objects to “trace” over our sight words. We chose to use a bunch of bread bag tags! They’re free, colorful, easy to manipulate, and create an eye-catching visual in the end.
Prepare to Practice Sight Words!
You only need five supplies to practice sight words:
- A piece of white paper
- A sheet protector (affiliate link) to make your DIY white board
- A dry erase marker (affiliate link)
- A tissue
- Bread bag tags (or some other small objects, like pom poms, nuts and bolts, or even cereal)
(Obviously if you have younger kiddos in the house – or even older ones who like to mouth everything – take that into consideration when choosing your small object!)
There are a few different variations to the supplies needed. You could use a store-bought whiteboard instead of making one yourself or a chalkboard can be used as well.
To make a whiteboard, simply slide the white piece of paper inside the sheet protector.
Then, choose a sight word to focus on and write it on the sheet protector with your dry erase marker.
Let the Sight Word Practice Begin!
Now you’re ready to invite your kiddo over for some fun, hands-on practice.
Review the sight word together and then provide the bread bag tags.
I recommend demonstrating how to lay the bread bag tag over a part of the first letter and then let your kiddo take it from there.
As they are forming the sight word, say the word aloud with them and discuss each individual letter.
The visual aspect of this activity will begin to appear as the word is filled-up with the bread bag tags.
When your kiddo finishes their first word, review it aloud again and then have fun erasing it!
You can erase the word in two different ways.
A tissue works great for this homemade whiteboard and the word easily comes off.
Or you could add in some letter tracing practice to this activity and have your kiddo erase the word with their finger.
Then write your next word or the same word and begin again.
We chose to practice three sight words; see, the, and a.
You can decide to practice more or less depending on your kiddo’s attention span for this activity.
More Activities Using Bread Bag Tags:
Using small objects like bread bag tags to form words is a great way to engage all learners, as it taps into all three learning styles.
Visual learners see the word, auditory learners say the word as they form it, and kinesthetic learners form the word with their hands.
Bread bag tags and other small objects can be used for many different things:
- name practice
- letter formation
- number formation
- spelling practice
- counting small objects
- holiday crafts by forming specific words (i.e. LOVE, SANTA, etc…)
So save those bread bag tags and let the hands-on learning begin!