One of my favorite ways to get my kids practicing and mastering skills is by creating educational games. What I love about them is my kids have so much fun playing together while learning. Themed games are especially fun! You’re going to love what this DIY Snowflake Race Sight Word Game for Kindergarten has to offer your students!
Snowflake Race Sight Word Game for Kindergarten
This DIY Snowflake Race Sight Word Game is perfect for Kindergarten! But you can easily adapt this game to Pre-K by practicing letters and sounds instead of sight words.
I would use this activity game board in small groups or center time as it’s best with 2 players! Let’s gather our supplies!
What you will need:
- Poster board OR extra large construction paper
- Markers or Sharpie
- Glue stick
- Snowflake die-cuts or calendar pieces
- Sight word cards
- Letter manipulatives
Assemble Your DIY Game Board
Choose either poster board or large construction paper for the foundation of your game board. Then decide on the game board path for your snowflakes.
Teacher Tip: Grab snowflake die-cuts at your local teacher supply store or the Dollar Store. You can also try cutting them from a Cricut cutting machine.
Once you’ve decided on the path that the game players will follow, glue down your snowflake pieces to your game board.
Decide which end of the game board will be the start and finish. Using a sharpie or regular marker, write “Start” and “Finish” on a snowflake. Place these snowflakes where you want them on the game board.
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I would laminate your game board if you’d like to use it more than once (optional). My kids look forward to having these game boards to use every winter!
How to Play
- Gather dice and player game pieces (we like to use teddy bear counters).
- Choose which concept you would like the children to practice (we went with sight words but you could also use letters to practice letter recognition or sounds).
- Player #1 rolls the die and before he/she can move spaces, they must read the word properly.
- When the player successfully reads the word (or letter/sound) then he/she may move their game piece.
- Player #2 proceeds as player #1 did until a winner arrives at the finish line.
If a player doesn’t correctly read the word or say the letter/sound then they may lose their turn.
Alternatively, you can decide you will all work together to help them figure it out. Whichever works best for the collaboration and cooperation of your group.
If your game board is laminated, you might try using a dry erase marker to write some extra rules onto the board. My son had a blast doing this.
He decided to create spaces on the game board that read, “Go Back 2” and “Jump Forward 1.”
Learning with this DIY Snowflake Race Sight Word Game is a great start to winter, and your kids are sure to have a blast with it too!
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