Sight words are so important when learning to read. After all, they make up nearly half of what we see in text. We love practicing our sight words in lots of different ways. We especially love when we can turn sight word practice into fun activities or experiments, like this “magical” and free Rainbow Sight Words Activity! Your kids are sure to be amazed!
Rainbow Sight Words
My kindergarteners love painting, so when I told them our new sight word activity involved watercolors, they were thrilled!
Prep for this activity couldn’t be easier. Simply grab some washable watercolors, white crayons, and the rainbow printable (download below) and you’re all set. Gather your students and get ready to wow them!
Teacher Tip: Use markers over the white crayon – it will still act like “magic” and may be easier for independent work stations!
How to Create a Sight Word Rainbow
To begin, we write our sight words within the rainbow in white crayon. I usually hear comments like, “But I can’t see them!” That’s when I tell the kiddos that the surprise comes soon, they will just have to wait!
We continue to write sight words throughout the rainbow, being sure to write them in the open spaces (they won’t show up well with the paint otherwise).
Then, we begin to paint with our first color of the rainbow, RED. My favorite part of this activity is when the first student shouts, “I can see them!” They are always super excited to see that their sight words appear like magic!
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We keep painting in rainbow color order until the whole rainbow is complete. We even add words to the clouds!
As it dries I have the students read their sight words to me, then they get to take their rainbows home to show their families. However, these also make a beautiful class display!
Grab Your FREE Copy
Ready to start painting and practicing sight words? Grab your free copy of the Rainbow Sight Words printable by clicking on the large, yellow download button at the end of the post!
More Rainbow Fun!
Looking for more rainbow themed learning activities and fun? Check out these 21 fantastic rainbow activities from some awesome kid bloggers!
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Stack a Stone Rainbow // Adventures of Adam
Rainbow Pasta Threading // Play and Learn Everyday
Rainbow Tinker Tray // Still Playing School
How to Flip a Rainbow | Simple Science for Kids // Lemon Lime Adventures
Rainbow Sun Craft // Fairy Poppins
Rainbow Pencil Control Exercises // Sugar Aunts
Beginning Sound Rainbows // Playdough to Plato
Rainbow Bear Color Matching Game // Life Over Cs
DIY Rainbow Crayon Names // Pre-K Pages
Rainbow Marble Painting Process Art // Preschool Inspirations
Rainbow Sight Words // The Kindergarten Connection
DIY Paper Plate Loom: Rainbow Yarn Art // Sugar Spice and Glitter
Rainbow Math with a DIY Abacus // Fun-a-Day
Simple Rainbow Sensory Bottle for Kids // Coffee Cups and Crayons
Rainbow Fact Family Board Game // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Rainbow Paint Chip Color Match // Modern Preschool
Roll a Rainbow // The STEM Laboratory
(Not Shown) Rainbow Perler Bead Key Ring // Teach Me Mommy
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