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

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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!  It was time to play the sight word game.

Pirate Sight Word Game

My 7 year-old has his sight words down cold, but my 5 year old 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.”

My 5 year-old 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.  It was so fun to see them make their way through this sight word game with a fun theme!

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.

This sight word game was 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.

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

    1. Hi Helen,
      Thanks for reaching out. I’m sorry you’re having trouble downloading. We never want that.
      Please check to be sure you’ve enabled pop-ups from our site. Even if you’ve been able to download before, the site was recently updated and you may need to do so again. We also recommend using the Chrome browser. For instructions on how to enable pop ups in Chrome, you can check out THIS ARTICLE.
      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@www.playdoughtoplato.com and I will get it to you.
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

  2. How do I put in different words to the game board? Thanks

  3. I was able download pdf but its not editable. How can change words?

    1. Hello there!

      These are all really great questions and I’m happy to troubleshoot.

      It is very important to have the current version of Adobe Reader.

      Let me give you those instructions and hopefully it takes care of the problem.


      2. Open your file finder and right click (or double click) on the file in your download folder.

      3. Choose OPEN WITH –> ADOBE READER.

      4. You may be prompted to choose Adobe Reader as your PDF reader in the future. To avoid problems in the future, click YES.

      5. Type your words. The font automatically shrinks and grows to fill the text box so if it’s not getting any smaller, make sure to delete any extra spaces that might be taking up room in each box.

      Keep me posted!

      Kaylee // Playdough to Plato Team

  4. Thank you for this free resource. I think me students will have fun playing this.

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