I am a HUGE Pinterest fan. I love discovering great ideas from around the world. A few weeks ago, I stumbled across a pin from Sprinkles to Kindergarten that looked like so much fun I fell instantly smitten. It’s an easy and entertaining way to give children plenty of practice reading sight words and can quickly be changed to work on alphabet letters too. I affectionately named it ABC or Sight Word Cup Hunt.
To play, you’ll need to gather a few things:
- 5 cups,
- 5 mailing labels,
- A marker,
- Something to hide (small balls, marbles, pom poms, etc.)
If you’re working on sight words with your child, write one word on each label. You can find a list of sight words for new readers here
If your child is learning alphabet letters, pick 5 and write one on each cup like this:
Now, invite your child to play Cup Hunt with you. Show her the item you are going to hide underneath one of the cups. In my example, I used a bright green pom pom.
Ask her to close her eyes as you hide it.
Then have her read one of the letters (or words) written on a cup. After she reads it, invite her to lift the cup up and see if the object is hiding underneath. If she is incorrect, ask her to read a different cup and then lift it. Continue playing until she finds the hidden object.
I tested Cup Hunt with a first grader I’m tutoring just a couple of days ago. She gave it two VERY big thumbs up and I loved every minute of it too.
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