Learn to read in a really fun and exciting way with this snowman sight word bingo game and craft for kids! It can be adapted for letters of the alphabet, numbers or colours too and is turns into a fun Christmas craft when it’s finished!
With the two bigger girls into their reading journeys now, we keep trying to come up with lots of fun ways to learn those tricky sight words which don’t conform to the normal phonetic decoding! And also just to learn some of the more commonly read and written words that they are likely to encounter each day.
For this snowman sight word bingo game, I simply drew some snowman outlines onto white card using a black pen, and added details with colours. Onto each one I wrote around 20 sight words to suit the level of each child (Miss 6 and Miss 4), with some words the same on each so that they could race to read and find them when I called them out.
Next to their snowmen they each had a glue stick and shared a basket full of cotton balls. Ready to start the game!
I called out words one at a time and they had to read through all of the words on their snowman to see if it was one of the ones on there. If they could find it, they put glue over it and covered it with a cotton ball!
When I had finished reading all of the words out, their snowmen were completely covered with cotton balls and turned into a sweet Christmas craft!
I made Miss 2 an adapted version of this so that she wouldn’t be left out and could play along too. For hers I simply made splurges of colours all over her snowman, and she had to find the right one then cover it up. I added in some light and dark versions of some of the colours as an extra challenge too!
What they are learning as they play:
literacy: recognising small words by sight, decoding unknown words, reading CVC words
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Jenna Spurgeon says
This is brilliant – always looking for fun sight word activities! Thank you , love all your great ideas:)
cuddles & muddles & muddy puddles says
I love this! My 3 year old would really enjoy the game and sticking elements and I can do letters instead of words. Thanks for yet another brilliant idea 🙂
I’m doing this activity TONIGHT with my first grader! I love it! We also did the Christmas Tree Sensory Writing Tray today to practice his spelling. Thanks for making learning such fun 🙂