Pirate Sight Word Game

Activity for ages 5 to 8.

A pirate themed sight word game?! Yes, please matey! This playful activity is great to use as a literacy center, word work activity or sight word game. And, because it’s editable, kids can practice any words under the sun – making it so easy to differentiate!

Grab your free game below and then hop over and snag 14 more board games for your collection in our shop or on Teachers Pay Teachers!

Getting Ready

To prep the game, I typed the sight words onto the game once. They automatically loaded into the correct spot throughout the entire activity. I love time savers, don’t you?!

After printing everything, I cut apart the playing cards and grabbed a playing token for each player and a die for the group.

Note: I used playing pieces from our Trouble board game but you could use coins, math counters, rainbow bears… anything!

Pirate Sight Word Game

Big Brother (age 7) has his sight words down cold but Middle Brother (age 5) is just beginning to memorize them so I knew that he would need a little help reading and spelling along the way.

Big Brother rolled first. A four!

He placed his playing piece on the start line and counted four spots.

Then he read and spelled the word out loud, “Him. H-I-M.”

Middle Brother (age 5) was up next. He rolled the die, moved his playing piece and, with help, read and then spelled “her” out loud.

The boys continued rolling, reading and spelling as they raced toward the pirate ship that was waiting for them at the finish line.

When they landed at the tail of an arrow, they slid to the space where it was pointing.

When they landed on a picture, they flipped over a playing card, read and spelled it out loud, and then moved their playing piece to the closest space with the matching word.

Super motivating and fast paced.

Although I didn’t have Big Brother do it this time around, I included a record sheet students can use to get practice writing the words too.

Grab Your Download

Ready to play?! Click the blue download button below to snag your free pirate game and then check out some of our other favorite pirate activities for kids.


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  1. Helen Granger

    I have attempted to download any of your free sight word games and am unable to. How do I access these free resources?

    • Ashley

      Hi Helen,
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      You can also check out our troubleshooting video HERE for help. If you still can’t get it to work, you can email me at hello@playdoughtoplato.com and I will get it to you.
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador


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