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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

UNTrim the Tree - A Sight Word Review & Phonics Learning Game

Christmas has come & gone.
The days after Christmas seem so "deflated" in comparison 
to the busy excitement and anticipation leading up to The BIG Day.

One of the things I am NOT fond of is taking down our Christmas Tree.
It seems so final - so sad! 

Thinking about taking our tree down soon 
gave me the idea for this fun game to play with the Lil Divas -

UNTrim the Christmas Tree - 
A Sight Word Review Game

Note: We used Preschool & Kindergarten sight words to play the game but this can be adapted to use letters and numbers for younger children, adding basic addition or subtraction problems would turn this into a fun math game, or you can use picture cards to make a phonics sorting game (I am working on that version too), etc. So many FUN possibilities!

UnTrim the Tree - A Sight Word Review Game

 What You Need:
green felt (or paper)
brown felt (or paper)
ornament cutouts
bag or basket

I bought the cut-outs at a local Teacher Store

 How To Play:

1. Place all ornaments on the tree with words facing down
 No Peeking!

2. Pick an ornament off the tree

3. Read the Sight Word

4. Celebrate a correct response!

5. Add any correctly read sight words to your bag/basket.
I had her place incorrect words to the side to review later.

6. Continue until all ornaments have been picked from the tree

7. Clean up & save for another day! 
Everything folds up nicely into the small bag! Hooray!

UNTrim the Christmas Tree - 
A Long & Short E Review Game

What You Need:
Phonics Picture Cards -
(I did a goggle image search for free clip art)

How To Play:

1. Pick an ornament

2. Read the picture card 
and determine if it's a long or short e word.

3. Put the ornament into the appropriate bag.

4. Continue until all ornaments have been picked off the tree.

Have another idea for this game?
Comment below & share with me!

I will post the phonics version as soon as I have completed it!

Happy UNTrimming the Tree!



  1. This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Very clever!! And looks like they are having so much fun too!

  3. This is nice and educational game. I'm sure kids love this learning fun game.

  4. This is a great idea- and I think felt projects are always so pretty!

  5. Great game! Looks lovely!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  6. How fun!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  7. I love all your sight word activities ... great ideas I will use them with my daughter who just started with new sight words.


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