Squish and Seek Sight Words

Activity for ages 3 to 6.

Sight word games are one of my almost-four-year-old daughter’s favorite learning activities. She loved using her finger to write her name and draw pictures so I decided to add an extra layer of learning by making it into a squishy sight word game. It was the perfect follow up to our other sight word games. 

So fun!! Squish and seek sight words.

Getting Ready

The prep for this was as easy as it comes.

I quickly wrote a list of sight words down the right-hand side of a piece of white construction paper.

Then I wrote the same words randomly on the left side of the paper, the part that would go under the Ziplock baggie of paint.

I taped it down to A’s table with some packing tape and invited her to come to squish and seek.

Awesome sight word game for kids!!

I also prepared a baggie for my 17-month-old, Q, with simple drawings of his current fascination, sea creatures, hidden underneath.  I usually do activities with my oldest when Q is napping, so he was pretty excited that he was included in the fun this time.


I told A all the words on her list were hidden under the paint.  She immediately began squishing and squashing the paint around until she found the first word.  “For,” she exclaimed and crossed it off her list with a marker.

As she searched for all the words on her list, I circled the words that gave her a bit of trouble so we could work on those at a later time.

Sight Word Games: Squish and Seek Sight Words

A loved squishing the paint around and adding a hide ‘n seek element made it all the more fun.

This activity could easily be adapted for multiple ages to learn a whole slew of things: letters, vocabulary, matching upper and lower case letters, or matching pictures to words. The best part was the whole thing, from prep to clean up, took 15 minutes.

I’m keeping the paint in the baggies for future activities, but eventually, it’ll end up being mixed, spread, squished on paper the only way my kids know how: with their hands, arms, and even feet.  Easy-peasy squeezy fun!


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    • Malia

      Thanks for pinning, Maryanne! 🙂

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    Love it! Will try it with my kindergarten students!

  2. Theresa @ Two Much Fun

    Thank you so much Noirin, my little four year olds (and their daddy and grandpa) loved this activity! Thank you for helping us learn through play.

  3. Liam

    This sounds like a great game to play with my 14 month old, and the preschool students I teach here in Japan. I can see how this activity can be tailored to fit many age groups. Thank you.

    What paint did you use? Acrylic, oil?

    I’m going to try this when I get home )

    • Noirin

      Hi Liam,
      I used washable tempera paint so if any leaked out it was easy to clean up and wouldn’t stain. This would be a great way to teach a wide variety of things to your Japanese students. I’m sure you could find a kid-friendly paint at the 100 yen stores. I hope your kiddos enjoy it!



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