Speed Sight Word Game

Activities & Days Out / 19 April, 2020 / Nanny Anita

Have Fun with This Speed Sight Word Game

I don’t think there is anything better than doing an educational activity that really makes you laugh, I think it stops children from thinking of it as a boring school-like activity and more as though something that is lots of fun, and are therefore more likely to learn something from it. This game was one of those activities, it had us all in stitches.

In reception there is a list of around 40 high frequency words that they should know by the time they finish that year, the same goes for year 1 but they have 100 high frequency sight words. Click on this link for a list of the high frequency words for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

You will need:

  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Stopwatch

Write out some of the words onto separate pieces of paper, then arrange them in a hopscotch like pattern. I arranged them so that when there were two next to each other, they were words that were spelt similar and therefore easy to mix up e.g. on and no.


Then get your little ones to jump to each word and say it as quickly as they can. When it got to the two words I let EC and YC choose which side they wanted to go to and say only one of them rather than both.


The whole idea is that they are trying to do this as quickly as they can. To make it slightly more challenging, EC and YC had to go back to the beginning if they made a mistake. This is were it became hilarious, EC kept mixing up on and no (which was the second set of words) so kept having to go back and start again. It could have easily turned into frustration, but we kept the atmosphere really light and once one of us started laughing all of us did. Also because they are really competitive this game really appealed to them.

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A game for learning sight words - they have to get through their pathway as quickly as they can.

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