Sight Word Bingo

August 22, 2012

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…

Mariah Bruehl is a parent, educator, and author of the book Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder (Shambhala Publications, 2011). In 2008 Mariah brought her expertise online, creating the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal award-winning Web site Playful Learning. In 2011 she launched the Playful Learning Ecademy, which takes virtual-learning experiences to a new level by incorporating the best practices in education with engaging hands-on lessons, bringing parents and children together from all over the world into a unique, creative, community environment.


  1. Tammy said on August 22, 2012 #

    This is terrific! Can’t wait to play this with my kindergartner today!

    • mariah said on August 22, 2012 #

      So glad to hear that Tammy! It is a simple but helpful game…

  2. becky said on August 22, 2012 #

    we have an early reader and this is being added to the repertoire of sight word games – thanks so much!

    • mariah said on August 22, 2012 #

      Hi Becky – Wonderful!

  3. Emmalina said on August 22, 2012 #

    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 :  )

  4. Cindy said on August 26, 2012 #

    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

    • mariah said on August 26, 2012 #

      Hi Cindy, am so glad that you found us!

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  6. marilyn l said on September 20, 2013 #

    great way for lower ability kids to learn their sight words

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