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Monday, March 19, 2012

Learning Through Play: Sight Word Hopscotch

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After sharing our 10 Fun Ways to Learn Sight Words Through Play and seeing all the positive feedback I wanted to start sharing our Learning Through Play ideas more often with you. There are so many games I play with the Lil Divas and never sit down to blog about. I am excited to try to share them with you from now on & hope to do so on a weekly basis.

Sight Word Hopscotch 

This is such an easy & fun way to practice sight words.

What You Need:
chalk (multiple colors work best) for outdoor play
or use colored tape & bring the fun indoors
rock or bean bag

What To Do:
1. Using chalk make a hopscotch board.
2. In each square write target sight words, spelling words, letters, etc...
3. Child should throw rock onto hopscotch board. 
Whichever word the rock lands in is the word to be read.
4. Repeat until all words have been read at least once.

Different Ways to Play
We play this a few different ways aside from the basic way listed above.
 Some rounds she reads every word she hops on or
uses the word in a sentence (this is especially useful for homophones)
Other times, she tries to spell the target word after reading it.
Sometimes, we sing-spell the word she lands on to the tune of B-I-N-G-O.

1. You can play with letters to help aid recognition
or practice letter sounds (I do this with the youngest Diva)

2. Use numbers to aid in number recognition.

3. Use colors to help with color recognition.

4. Play with spelling words.  Have child read word, 
then look away and practice orally spelling the word.

5. Play with vocabulary words - 
child tells you definition of word they land on.

6. Play with foreign language words 
For example, write color words like red 
and child has to tell me word in spanish word - rojo.


Both Lil Divas love this game. 
It's an active, fast-paced & fun way to learn.

Have you played Sight Word Hopscotch (or a variation of it?)
Can you think of other ways to play? 



  1. Replies
    1. Isn't it fun? The girls love it. I don't need any prompting to get them playing. They ask me for it!

  2. Learning by moving ;-) is the very best way we ever found !

  3. this is a really good idea! can be used at for so many different level abilities and focusses! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Carolyn, yes! What I love best about it is that you can do so many things with it. Enjoy!

  4. This is a brilliant idea, my son isn't old enough to benefit so I am pinning for later. Thanks for sharing on Kids Co-op.

    1. you know I mentioned that I pinned it, well I thought you might like to know that the pin has gone mental. It has had so many repins and likes I have lost count. this is by far the most popular thing I have ever pinned. Obviously everyone else agrees that it is a great idea.

    2. Oh, how absolutely FABULOUS! That makes me so happy! Thanks so much for coming back to share that with me :)

  5. Thanks for linking up to the Afterschool Party. We always can use some active fun with learning sight words and spelling words. Can't wait to try this out this week.

  6. Great activity! I have a very energetic girl who is working on learning sight words so this activity is just perfect for her.

    1. have fun with it Rebekah! My girls love to play this way!

  7. Great Idea! We've enjoyed many of your science experiments lately, I can't wait to check out more of your site.

    1. thank you so much Marci! I hope you enjoy everything else.

  8. Love your variations, as well as the original idea!

    Thanks for sharing with Learning Laboratory at Mama Smiles =)

  9. Great activity. My little one loves hopscotch we will have to try this.

  10. Great idea, especially for kinetic learners! Thanks for sharing with Afterschool!

  11. This is such a great way to work on words!

  12. My lil guy is working on learning his phone number. I may put numbers in the boxes and make him hop the numbers!

  13. This is a perfect way for my ADHD daughter to positively deplete her extra energy, all while making learning fun! So many benefits from this! Thank you for sharing this idea, please tell us more.

  14. Fab post

    Would love for you to link it up at my new Empty Your Archive link party which is a chance to dust off great posts from your archive - there is a focus this week on reading - would really love to see you there, Alice @ Mums Make Lists x

  15. This post is perfect for the Monday Kid Corner Weekly Linky Party. The next party goes live Sunday morning and this week’s theme is SIDEWALK CHALK. Be sure to brush off those archives as well and link them up at See you there! Jennifer

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