Fish learning activity

We had some fish learning activities based on a penguin theme going on for a while around here.  Penguin activities are so much fun for learning and play!  This fish learning activity was a fun way to explore letters, words, and numbers AND incorporate our penguin theme.  We did this learning and counting activity one day after we made our penguin themed snacks. Add it to the penguin yoga activity and penguin deep breathing activities to round out full-body movement and learning.

Use these fish learning activities to work on sight words, math, letter identification, or spelling words with whole body learning.

Fish learning activity

Penguin math is fun when it comes to catching fish for penguin food! Use these ideas for a polar bear theme, too.

We used sheets of scrapbook paper and construction paper to make fish shapes. Kids can cut these out to work on scissor skills.

Make a fish learning activity and kids can fish for words or fish for math problems. Great for kinesthetic learning.

Next, we drew a pond on a large sheet of crafting paper.  I wrote words, letters, or numbers on the fish. On some, I attached a paperclip or clip. We used a net (from a Bug Net toy) or a fishing pole from a puzzle set
to scoop up the fish like a penguin would. 

fish learning activities for math, sight words, numbers, or letter identification.

You could also use a magnetic fishing pole from a puzzle set to catch the fish with clips on them. We scooped them in numerical order or in alphabetical order and then in random order too. 

How fun would this be to read a few fun penguin books and then do some fishy counting to continue the penguin theme?

 

 

Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.

Sight Word Sensory Tray

Some children are tactile learners.  These are the children that learn through movement of their hands.  They NEED to move, fidget, tap, and wiggle those fingers and learning happens best when they are doing these movements. These kids focus on and recall information better when they are manipulating items in learning.  This sight word sensory tray is PERFECT for tactile learners.  There is a reason–Sight words are just that-words that are learned by sight.  They are words that have no “rule” and are learned just through plain old memory.  But for the child who learns best through small motor actions, how are they supposed to learn those sight words just by looking at them and remembering them?  A sight word sensory tray is the way to go for tactile learners and kids that are just bored with sight word memorization!


We’ve got a TON of sight word activities on the site that use tactile sensory play and movement if you are looking for more ways to help kinesthetic learners learn those sight words.

Try this sight word sensory tray with tactile learners.



Sight Word Sensory Tray



You’ll need just a couple of materials for this activity. (Affiliate links are included in this post.)


Long tray
Paper with sight words written on them (Cut a sheet of printer paper in half, length-wise.)
Foam eggs


First, write out the sight words on the half sheets of paper.  Write one word per sheet and write with large letters.


Place the sight word sheet in the tray and cover it with the foam eggs.


Then, start moving those eggs!

Help tactile learners with sight words using a sight word sensory tray

Kids can uncover just part of the eggs in the tray to reveal part of the sight word and then the whole word.  They can identify the sight word by seeing part of the word or the whole thing.

Help kids with tactile learning strategies using a sight word sensory tray.


There are several other ways to use this sight word sensory tray to help tactile learners with that sight word list.


Ask kids to trace the sight word by starting with one uncovered letter.  Then, ask they to trace the remaining letters as they uncover each letter.  Use a finger, the eraser end of a pencil, or a writing utensil.


Try to guess the sight word by uncovering just one or a few of the beginning letters. 


Add a movement action for each letter as it’s uncovered.  One example would be to “form” the letter with outstretched hands and legs.


Kids can use this sight word sensory tray to learn sight words when they are tactile learners

For more information on tactile learners and sight words, check out fine motor movement learning activities like: 


Sight Word Sticky Easel
Sight Word Manipulatives
Sight Word Scavenger Hunt
Beginner Sight Word Letter Match
I Spy Sight Word Sensory Bottle
No-Mess Sensory Sight Word Spelling
Sight Word Bottle Cap Stampers

Kindergarten Sight Words Cloud Dough

We’ve done quite a few sight words activities on this site.  What’s cool is that the activities that we did with my now second grade daughter are still fun and working great with my kindergartner son this year.  Today, I’ve got a sensory sight word activity using Cloud Dough.


Adding a tactile (and sensory) approach to sight words may just help the memorization of words “stick”.   We made this cloud dough that was brightly colored and smelled great using a few materials we had in the house.

Sight word sensory bin with cloud dough made with baby oil and baby powder

 Cloud Dough Recipe for Sensory Exploration

To make the cloud dough, we used just a few ingredients (Affiliate links are included in this post):
3 cups Baby Powder
1/2 cup Baby Oil
2 sticks of Sidewalk Chalk

Mix the baby powder and baby oil with your fingers.  Use a Kitchen Mallet
to crush the chalk into dust.  This is an EXCELLENT proprioceptive activity that the kids really got into.  Smashing that chalk into smithereens requires a lot of muscle power and “wakes up” the muscles to the heavy work of pounding that hammer.  Try this pounding activity before a quiet and calming activity like writing.

Sprinkle the chalk dust into the cloud dough and mix by hand.  You can play with the cloud dough without the chalk dust, but we wanted a bright blue color.  

It took us a little bit of experimentation, (and blue hands), but we found out that mixing liquid food coloring into the cloud dough (even mixed into water or mixed into extra oil) will not give this sensory dough a bright color.  Instead, you’ll end up with dyed hands.

Now, start playing!


Cloud Dough Sight Word Activity

Cloud dough is very fun.  It’s moldable and a great sensory dough to explore.  We decided to add sight words to this sensory bin.  I used bright index cards to write out Kindergarten sight words.  We cut the words into smaller sizes and hid them in the cloud dough. 


To play sight word games with Cloud Dough:

Sight word sensory bin with cloud dough made with baby oil and baby powder
Write two sets of sight words.  Play different games.  Some of our favorite games to play with sight words can be done right in the cloud dough:
  • Play Memory with the sight words in the cloud dough.  Hide and turn the sight word cards in the dough.  Take turns looking for matches.
  • Scatter one set of sight words in the dough and the other set outside of the sensory bin.  Take turns quickly looking for matches of words.
  • Create small balls of cloud dough.  Push the cards into the dough and stand words up.  Ask your child to read the words and smash the cloud dough balls. This game is always a hit with the kids.
  • Play Hide and Seek for sight words in the cloud dough.
Sight word sensory bin with cloud dough made with baby oil and baby powder
Sight word sensory bin with cloud dough made with baby oil and baby powder
Looking for more Cloud Dough recipes and activities?  Stop by and see what the other bloggers on the 12 Months of Sensory Dough Team have created:

Taste Safe Gingerbread Cloud Dough | Lemon Lime Adventures


Hot Chocolate Cloud Dough | Study at Home Mama


Christmas Inspired Cloud Dough | Squiggles and Bubbles

Cotton Candy Cloud Dough (Taste Safe) | Powerful Mothering
Sight Word Cloud Dough | Sugar Aunts

We love creative sight words activities!  Here are some of our favorites:

                                    Sight Words Ping Pong Bounce Game
                                                   Sight Word Scooping 

Sight word sensory bin with cloud dough made with baby oil and baby powder

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Practice Sight Words with Balloons

We’ve got a big collection of sight words.  We started last year when Big Sister was in Kindergarten, and we’re continuing this year in first grade.  The fun thing about our sight word activities is that they can be used and modified for all ages.  When kids practice sight words, they need repetition to memorize the spelling of words that don’t follow rules of the English language.  They are the tricky words that may be difficult to sound out.  SO, making sight word practice fun is essential for kids! 

We did this balloon sight word activity back in the summer months but are just getting around to sharing.  This was such a fun way to practice first grade sight words, that we’ll be doing this one again!
Sight word activity with balloons

Sight word activity with balloons:

I started by writing Big Sister’s sight words on the sticky side of masking tape, using a black marker.  I taped these to balloons that were already blown up.

That’s it!  When Big Sister saw the balloons with tape on them, she was very curious.  It didn’t take her long to figure out that there were words written on the tape.  Using the black marker makes it easy to see and read the words through the balloons.

She held the balloons up to her face to better read the sight words.  This was a fun way to identify the the words.

We played a game where we put all of the balloons on the floor and kicked the words as I called out the sight word.  

Sight word activity ideas using balloons

More ways to extend the play and learning using balloons and sight words:

Pop the balloons as they are read
Blow the balloons across a table.  Call out a sight word and blow that balloon only.  You can use a straw to make it even more difficult.
Balloon static games:  Using static electricity, stick certain sight words the wall.
Balloon scavenger hunts
Balloon races-don’t drop the balloon.

Looking for more sight word activities?  Try some of these:


Creative Sight Word Practice with String.  

Super Fun Fine Motor Sight Word Game

Today, I’d love to share a sight word reading and writing activity with you. Young readers and writers need lots and lots of practice reading and writing sight words. This quick and easy activity fits the bill. Add a fine motor component to boost the skills that kids need for pencil grasp and other skills, including the bilateral coordination component, visual motor skill work, and fine motor strengthening!

Sight Word Game

Use this sight word game to work on learning sight words and teaching sight words with hands on practice and fine motor work.

Sight Word Activity: Roll, Pop and Pull


Materials

Here is what you will need:


  • muffin tin

  • 6 toilet paper rolls

  • scissors

  • assorted colors of tissue paper

  • 12 rubber bands

  • black marker

  • 12 small strips of paper

  • writing paper and a pencil/pen

  • die

  • tweezers


Set-Up

1. Cut each of the toilet paper rolls into two pieces so that you have a total of twelve pieces.

Kids will love this fine motor activity that can teach sight words in this pop, roll, pull sight word game for kids.

2. Cover the top of each toilet paper roll with tissue paper and secure with a rubber band. On top of each structure write a number. Use each number (1-6) two times.
3. On the 12 strips of paper, write sight words that your child needs to practice reading and writing. Stuff each roll with a sight word strip of paper and place them all in the muffin tin.
4. Gather your die, tweezers, writing paper and writing utensil.


Play and learn sight words with a sight word game!

Work on fine motor skills and learning sight words with this fun sight word game that can be used to practice sight words or learn new sight words.

To play, the child rolls the die. Then with their finger or the tweezers they pop the circle with the corresponding number. Remove the sight word with the tweezers. This makes for great fine motor skill practice!

This fun sight word game improves fine motor skills and other skills needed for writing and handwriting like eye hand coordination and visual motor skills as well as works as a tool for teaching sight words with a fun sight word game!

The child should read the word and then write the word the number of times that corresponds to their roll. Play continues until all circles have been popped.


There you have a fun and easy sight word game to practice reading and writing skills!


Looking for more sight word activities? Check out these other ideas!

Sight Word Scavenger Hunt 
Muffin Tin Reading Games 
I Spy Sight Word Sensory Bottle 
Sight Word Horseplay!

What other hands-on ideas do you have for practicing sight words?


Jodie Rodriguez is a mom of two little boys (2 and 3), a National Board Certified educator and creator of the Growing Book by Book blog. Jodie has a passion for early literacy and all things related to reading. Connect with Jodie on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Google +.

Sight Word Crayon Rubbing Activity

This sight word activity has been so much fun.  I got the idea when Big Sister came home from school with some sight word crayon rubbings.  She made them during centers in her Kindergarten class.  I had the idea that we could make our own version at home for added practice (and fun!). 
 
We have a ton of fun sight word activities here on the blog.  This one has been sitting out on our train table for a few days now and has been getting quite the work out with lots of sight word crayon rubbings happening!
 
Make your own textured letters for sight word practice.
 

 

Sight word activity for Kindergarteners

 
I started with a list of Big Sister’s sight words and wrote them out with a hot glue gun on rectangles of cardstock.  These dried and I pulled off the bits of dried hot glue strings. 
 
 

These sight word cards were ready by the time Big Sister came home from school.  I had them sitting out with some paper and crayons and she got busy rubbing the words.  This is a great sensorial way to learn and practice those words!  Feeling the letters on the cards adds a fun way to learn through touch. 

 

She practiced a little handwriting too by writing the words.  It was great to overhear her read the words to her little sister as she did the crayon rubbings and wrote the words out.

Sight word activity for kids with crayon rubbing activity.

We have tons of pages of these sight words now.  This sight word practice is a huge hit in our house!

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Looking for more creative sight word activities?  Stop by and follow along on our Pinterest board, “Sight Words and Beginning Reading”:

Creative Sight Word Activities for New Readers

 
We’ve been doing a bunch of fun sight words in the past few months.  This is a collection of all of our sight word activities, perfect for beginner readers and Kindergarteners.  Learning and practicing sight words can be fun, creative, and NOT include just repetition with flash cards.  A little creativity and lot of fun are happening on this page.  Get ready to learn through play.  And have fun!
 
Lots of activities to practice Kindergarten sight words

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Creative Ways to Practice Kindergarten Sight Words

 

Use fun materials like ping pong balls like we did in  our Sight Words Ping Pong Bounce Game.  (That was an activity that Little Guy LOVED…and he’s not even learning sight words yet!  Use those ping pong balls again for Sight Word Scooping and incorporate fine motor skills into sentence building. 


Something that you find in the junk drawer can be a learning tool.  String!  We used string to review sight words in Creative Sight Word Practice with String

 
 

The senses are an essential part of daily life.  Incorporate the senses into learning with a few fun ideas; Try a Sight Word Sensory Bin.  Another fun idea is using a sensory bottle to engage new readers.  I Spy Sight Word Sensory Bottle is a great way to calmly practice new words.  You can also go with the mess-free version of sensory input with No-Mess Sensory Sight Word Spelling.

Work on fine motor skills while practicing beginner sight words with a letter match.  This one went along with the book Bears on Wheels
by Stan Berenstain.  S
ight Word Manipulatives  used the same sight word cards in a hands-on learning activity.


We got moving with our Sight Word Scavenger Hunt.  More movement based learning happened when we incorporated the easel in Sight Word Sticky Easel.

A few more creative ways to learn:  Does your Kindergartener love all things art?  Try some stamping with Sight Word Bottle Cap Stampers

We hope you’ve found some fun ways to learn and play with sight words with this list.  Stop back often, because we’re adding new activities all the time.  We’ll be sure to update this page with all of our latest sight word activities.

Need more sight word fun?  Stop by and follow along on our Sight Word and Beginning Reading Pinterest board for lots of fun ideas.  We can’t wait to try some of these ways to learn through play!

 

Sight Word Sensory Bin

 We’ve used a lot of fun and different materials to practice sight words this school year.  Sight Words with Ping Pong Balls and Sight Word Practice with string are just two fun ways we’ve practiced the work list that comes home with Big Sister each week.  Just recently, we got a note from her teacher saying “Awesome job on the sight words!”  This was a pretty proud mama and all of our practice is paying off! 
 
This sensory based activity is a Sight Word Sensory bin…and just one more creative ways we’ve been practicing homework words.  Putting a creative spin on the practice makes repetition fun and easy.  You can find more links to our other creative sight word activities at the bottom of this post.
 
 
Kids can practice new sight words with a sensory bin.

 

Sight Word Sensory Bin

I had this sensory bin ready to go when Big Sister came home from school one day.  It was a fun way for Baby Girl and Little Guy to play while they waited for their sister to get off of the school bus.

Kindergarten sight words in a sensory bin with shredded paper.

Put those paper shreds to work and use them in fun play.  Shredded paper is a great sensory bin filler.  We’ve used it a few other times and it actually about today because Little Guy remembered doing this Snowy Farm Sensory Bin activity and asked if we could pull out some shredded paper again.  The shredded paper can even be dyed to give your sensory bin a colorful spin.  We dyed shredded paper pink in our Valentine’s Day sensory bin.

Use Sight Words in a sensory bin to enhance reading for young kids.

Big Sister played in the sensory bin and said the words as she pulled them out.  We made sentences together with the words from the bin.

Shredded paper makes a great sensory bin filler for kids' sensory bin activities.

Big Sister wanted to add her entire sight word collection to the sensory bin.  It turned out to be mostly sight words!  I think we’re on to a new sensory bin filler 😉

Looking for more sight word activities for beginner readers?  Try these fun ideas:

Sight Word Sticky Easel
Sight Word Manipulatives
Sight Word Scavenger Hunt
Beginner Sight Word Letter Match
I Spy Sight Word Sensory Bottle
No-Mess Sensory Sight Word Spelling
Sight Word Bottle Cap Stampers

You may also want to follow our Sight Word and Beginner Reader Pinterest board: