Catch some waves with this fun sight words matching activity! These sight word cards are a great way to add some fun to your literacy centers and word work time.

They’re the perfect addition to our Editable Word Work Board Games!

Getting Ready

This activity was super quick and easy to prep!

I just printed the five pages on cardstock and cut along the black lines.

I used a paper cutter to cut them out super quickly and, to make the cards more durable, I laminated them, too.

Surfing for Sight Words

To start the sight words activity, we spread the cards out on a table, separating the surfer guy cards from the surfboard cards.

I gave Middle Sister (preschool) a stack of three surfers to start.

She is just beginning to memorize the words, so we focused on just a few so it wouldn’t be overwhelming.

For Big Sister (first grade), on the other hand, I gave her a bigger pile with all ten words since she has most of them down already.

Each girl chose one of her surfer cards and put it on the left-hand side of her work space.

Then, she went through the surf board cards and read each one out loud.

Each time she came across a surfboard that matched the surfer, she moved it next to him.

The girls read their way through the surfboard cards until they’d found all three boards and completed their set.

Then, they grabbed the next surfer in their stack and started again!

The simple sight word activity was such a fun way to practice reading sight words.

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  1. Hi, I love you stuff and have downloaded a few different games and activities to use with grade 1 & 2 ESL/EFL students. I was wondering if you could offer an editable version(even paid for) for this as I’d like to use different font faces on the match cards – it’s something some of our students really struggle with. I always use a san serif primary font in my classes, but the mainstream school and official exams (yes they really have them that young) are in Times New Roman.

    1. Hello Sally,
      Thank you so much for reaching out. At this time we don’t have an editable Surfing Sight Word List, thank you for the suggestion, we will keep it in mind for the future.
      Have a wonderful day!

  2. I can’t get the download here button to work.

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