Take Sight Word Practice Outside

Enrichment Therapies

March 1, 2023


Take Sight Word Practice Outside

With spring officially here, we are starting to see some beautiful weather! Who wants to work on sight words inside when there are fun things to do outside?? Here are some fun ways you can combine the two!

  1. Sight Word Hopscotch:
    1. Use chalk to draw a hopscotch pattern on the ground.  Instead of numbering them, write in your child’s sight words.
    2. The first player stands behind the starting line to toss his or her marker (i.e., flat stone, button, penny) in square one. It has to land in the square without bouncing out. If you don’t get it within the lines, you lose your turn and pass the marker to the next person.
    3. Have your student read the sight word in the square their marker landed in before continuing their turn.
    4. Hop through the squares, skipping the one you have your marker on.
    5. When you get to the last number, turn around and hop your way back in reverse order. While your one the square right before the one with your marker, lean down and pick it up. then skip over that square and finish up.
    6. Pass the marker on to the next person. Your goal is to complete the course with the marker on each square. The first person to do this wins the game!
    7. All hopping is done on one foot.
    8. Getting out: A player is out if the marker fails to land in the proper square, the hopper steps on a line, the hopper loses balance when bending over to pick up the marker and puts a second hand or foot down, the hopper goes into a square where a marker is, or if a player puts two feet down in a single box.


  • Sight Word Ladder Game:
    1. Place the index cards with your child’s sight words in a row as if each card was a rung of a ladder.
    2. At the “top” of the ladder, (about 1 foot in front of the “top” rung) place a basketball hoop, trash can, or large bowl.
    3. The child starts at the “bottom” of the ladder and walks his way up the ladder, rung by rung, towards the goal. The child says the word on the card as he reaches each rung.
    4. If a mistake is made, he must throw the object in the target from the rung that he missed. For the basketball hoop, the object would be a basketball, or for a trash can, it could be a wad of paper or a soft ball. After the object is thrown, he must start back at the bottom of the ladder.
    5. The goal is to make it up the ladder without making a mistake. Once accuracy is established, go for speed. See how fast he can walk up the ladder!
    6. You can also challenge the student by playing along. Intentionally make a mistake and see if he catches it!


Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center has locations in the Iowa City, IA area and Des Moines, IA area. We provide individual speech-language therapy and tutoring as well as offering small group academic programs.  At Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center our passion is to help kids achieve effective communication skills and gain academic success.  Contact us for more information on how we can help your child succeed.


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