Sight Word Bingo

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Playful Learning: Sight Word BingoLearning to read and write is a complex process that requires many different skills. Although it is complex, it can be a joyful and empowering experience for children…

Mastering the letter sounds and how to sound out words are important aspects of learning how to read. Yet, there are certain words that just don’t “play fair.” These “unfair” words are not intuitively phonetic, which makes them very difficult to read and write. For these tricky words it is best for children to simply “memorize” them visually so that they can begin to automatically and successfully read and write them. Many of these words are frequently used in reading and writing, so it is helpful to give children a nice repertoire of words that they have mastered.

One simple way to achieve this is by playing sight word bingo. This game is appropriate for children who have already mastered all of the letter sounds and are starting to read simple words.

  • Start with a simple game board, you can download one here.
  • Print out two copies of the game board, so that you can cut up the words of one and use them to pick out of a box or a bag.
  • For younger readers you can pick a word, read it out loud, and then give it to them so that she can visually match the word to their board.
  • For more advanced readers, pick a word and read it out loud. Do not give them the word, instead encourage them to match it through your auditory dictation.
  • This list of kindergarten sight words will come in handy if you want to add or change words.

Here are some other great resources for fun ways to teach your children to read…


With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.



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  1. What a great idea!  I can see this working really well with my grade 2 lad, just with a slightly modified word list.  A fun way to rehearse our sight words :  )

  2. This is so awesome. Was led here through pinterest. I will soon be teaching a group of adults who are early beginner readers and this looks like a fun game to help them learn those pesky words. Thanks

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