Sight words are so important to learning to read. After all, they make up nearly half of what we see in text! We love practicing our sight words in tons of different ways. We especially love ways that feel like games or experiments, like this magical rainbow sight words activity! So, grab some watercolors and a white crayon, and get ready to wow your kids!
Rainbow Sight Words
My kindergarteners love painting, so when I told them our new sight word activity involved watercolors, they were thrilled!
To prepare this activity I grabbed the printable sheet (below), washable watercolors, and white crayons. Then I gathered my small group and we were ready to go!
First, we wrote our sight words around the rainbow in white crayon. I heard comments like “but I can’t see them!” I told them the surprise comes soon, they will just have to wait!
We wrote 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 began to paint our rainbow! First, we water colored the red. “I can see them!” I heard my group say. They were super excited to see that their sight words were appearing like magic!
We kept painting over the rainbow in rainbow color order until the whole rainbow was complete. We even added words to the clouds!
As it dried I had them read their sight words to me, then they took this home to show their families and practice some more. However, these would make a great class display too!
An alternative way to make the rainbow is to use markers over the white crayon – it will still act like “magic” and may work easier for independent work stations!
Grab the Rainbow Sight Words Printable
Ready to create some magical sight words? Grab your crayon and watercolors (or markers!) and download the rainbow sheet HERE! Then, head over and grab our rainbow alphabet match and rainbow number puzzles! Or have a blast playing in a rainbow rice addition sensory bin!
More Rainbow Fun!
Looking for more rainbow themed learning activities and fun? Check out these 21 fantastic rainbow activities from some awesome kid bloggers!
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Rainbow in a Bag – No Mess Art // Powerful Mothering
Rainbow Letters Race to the Top // Stay at Home Educator
Color and Shape Match Up // Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
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
DIY Rainbow Crayon Names // Pre-K Pages
Rainbow Puzzle Skip Counting // Creative Inclusion
Rainbow Bear Color Matching Game // Life Over Cs
Rainbow Marble Painting Process Art // Preschool Inspirations
DIY Paper Plate Loom: Rainbow Yarn Art // Sugar Spice and Glitter
Rainbow Sight Words // The Kindergarten Connection
Rainbow Math with a DIY Abacus // Fun-a-Day
Rainbow Fact Family Board Game // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Simple Rainbow Sensory Bottle for Kids // Coffee Cups and Crayons
Rainbow Paint Chip Color Match // Modern Preschool
Roll a Rainbow // The STEM Laboratory
(Not Shown) Rainbow Perler Bead Key Ring // Teach Me Mommy