Make learning sight words or beginning math skills easier with these fun ideas from Hands On As We Grow reader, Michelle. These simple and fun kindergarten learning activities are perfect for at-home practice!
My daughter’s kindergarten homework includes sight word and addition and subtraction flashcards. The teacher encouraged us to find creative ways to work with the flashcards.
I found some inspiration from the Hands On As We Grow sight words posts and then developed a few of our own ideas. These are a few of our favorites!
Simple & Fun Kindergarten Learning Activities
The Got-it-Right Race
One day my daughter moaned and groaned about doing her sight word flashcards. I thought it might help to get her up and moving.
I had her stand across the kitchen from me.
Then, I held up a card and when she got it right she could run across the room to grab the card from my hand, then run back to her spot.
This simple change in position changed her from moaning and groaning to asking to do it two more times!
The Number Race
We lay out all of the addition and subtraction cards, equation side up. We stand together on the other side of the room and take turns calling out a number from 0-5.
Then we race across the room and collect as many cards as we can that equal the number that was called out.
When we have collected all of them we race back to the other side of the room and call out another number.
Other ways to play:
- Set out only addition or subtraction cards, not both, in the early stages with the cards.
- Collect one card at a time (running back and forth between) for a more intense activity.
The Hiding Game
The point of this game is for me to find the sight words that my daughter hides.
Step 1 is to write out all the sight words so that we make sure we find them all. Next, I busy myself while she hides the flashcards.
Then, as I find the sight words, she says each word and crosses it off of the list until we have found them all.
Other ways to play:
- For a quicker game eliminate the list part and just count how many cards you have to make sure you find them all.
- Or make a master list to use each time you play the game.
The Question Game
This game was inspired by Guess Who. It’s already a great game, but with a tweak, I took the idea and turned it into a few fun kindergarten learning activities!
First, we lay all the sight words out on the table. She picks a word (without telling me what it is).
I ask questions like:
- Does your word have 3 letters?
- Is there an “a” in your word?
- Does your word begin/end with a d?
Based on her answers I flip upside down the cards that are eliminated.
Once I’ve guessed her word we reset and switch places with her asking the questions.
Alternate questions depending on what they are currently learning and what words they have could include:
- Does it rhyme with ______?
- Is there an “ah” sound?
- Does it live on a farm?
Keep asking questions until you’ve guessed all the words or get tired of the game!
My daughter loves these fun kindergarten learning activities! It’s made homework and extra practice so much easier and enjoyable.
What are your favorite creative ways to learn at home?
Michelle is a busy mom to a three-year-old and a five-year-old. She is the founder of Passion for a Cause, where she helps busy moms discover an outlet for their grief.