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This Toss the Balloon Sight Word Game is such as easy way to practice sight words with an active child.
It will take just one minute to set up, but your child will happily bounce a balloon around the room for a quarter of an hour, reading words as he or she goes.
Give this activity a try for a great way to practice reading while helping your child burn some energy in a constructive way.
Note: You can find more ideas for supporting children’s reading skills on my literacy activities for kids page.
To play the Toss the Balloon Sight Word Game, as you need is a latex balloon and a permanent marker.
After blowing up your balloon as tying it off, write your child’s sight words around the balloon. I suggest writing only six or seven different words.
Then it gets really simple. Take turns hitting the balloon back and forth with your child.
When it reaches you, model for your child looking at the closest sight word and reading it.
Then toss the balloon back to your child and have him catch it. He should read the sight word closest to him.
Or let your child bounce the balloon up and down by himself and every time he catches the balloon, encourage him to read a word.
Easy peasy fun and learning!
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- Sight word ball toss game
- Blending practice with letter beads