This fun and surprisingly simple sight word game was one of my kindergarteners’ hands-down favorite ways to practice reading common words. I hope Showdown becomes a well loved sight word game for your kids, too. And if you’re in need of more inspiration, make sure to grab our best selling 32 EDITABLE Sight Word Games so you get everything you need in one quick and simple download.
To play this sight word game, I grabbed a stack of blank index cards and markers. I picked 5 or 6 sight words and wrote each one on a separate index card.
Then, using a different colored marker, I wrote the same 5 or 6 words on separate index cards.
Sight Word Game: Showdown!!
I gave my 4.5 year-old son one set of cards and asked him to spread the cards out in front of him. He pointed to each word and read them out loud. I helped him with the tricky (the) and (to).
Then, I mixed up my cards and randomly picked (the). I read it out loud but was careful not to show it to my son. He looked down at his cards, picked up (the), and held it to his chest until it was time for the big reveal. (As he was making his selection, I closed my eyes to build the excitement.)
After a couple of suspense-building seconds, I called out, “1-2-3 SHOWDOWN!!” My son laid his word down as I slapped my card next to it.
As we continued our game , there were a couple of times when my son grabbed the wrong index card so I had him look at the word I laid down, read it, spell it and then find the matching word in his pile. When he succeeded, I congratulated him and we started a new round of the sight word game.
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