Erudition: A Game to Learn Sight Words

Congrats to Natalie of Mouse Grows Mouse Learns! She and her daughter are the winners of this weeks “Learning to Read Sight Words” Game! Thanks to all who have participated!

We just discovered Erudition! It is a game designed to help early readers memorize common site words. We were given a copy to play and one to giveaway to you, our readers!

Brief description:

Erudution has over 280 word cards. They say that 50% of all written text uses the words on those cards. The game also comes with a set of alphabet cards, which I loved, it allowed my not-quite reading little fella join in the learning fun. The words are broken up into different reading levels so beginners can play with kids who are more advanced. The game board has a town theme which my son enjoyed (he’s really into firetrucks and trains right now, both of which are on the board).

How did we like the game?

I love how Erudition has a wide range of kids that can use and learn from it. I had to separate the “beginner words” though, my daughter refuses to try five letter words. She won’t even attempt to guess them. So I had to weed out a few colors and words like, “there” which were included in the beginner level. I liked how the cards were initially in alphabetical order! This meant that we could work on phonics at the same time that we learned site words. The game board was okay, but the real investment comes from the words. Each word has the definition written below it – I used that to help my daughter guess what the word was. The alphabet letter cards have examples of the letter being used in a word, both at the beginning of a word and in the middle of a word. So often curriculum programs focus on the first letter, I appreciated that! We’ll need a bit of practice playing games as the kids got confused with the rolling, choosing a card, who was going, etc. I didn’t realize I haven’t taught them “game skills” – yikes. I can see this game being enjoyed by preschoolers through second graders!

Here are some ways you can win your own copy of this sight word game:

  • Leave a comment telling me another game that your kids enjoy playing
  • Find another post and leave a comment including the word “Erudition”
  • Follow Quirky Momma on Facebook or Twitter (or RSS, email, etc.)   Let me know!
  • Tell someone about this – be creative it can be a blog post, tweet, facebook posting, forum comment, etc.


P.S.   As my little fella was super sick these last few days, I was late in posting this.   The Erudition contest will end next Saturday (instead of the typical Thrusday) – thanks to all for your patience and understanding!

More Sight Word Games From Kids Activities Blog

We have so many great sight word activities!


  1. shannon o says:

    Ohhh this is awesome! My kids (who were born 10 weeks early) looove words, letters and numbers already. Especially my son who they thought was a bit behind the girls…he now loves anything letters and can recognize small and capitol letters (they are 2 and a half). Their favorite game so far is just letter flash cards. I spread them on the floor and they have races as to who can find the right letter/number/animal! LOL

  2. shannon o says:

    I also follow you on facebook 🙂

  3. My son loves to play “I Spy”….a big hit around here!

  4. Dound you on facebook! This game looks FANTASTIC!!!! I have already taught both my girls to read, and now have 2 little boys getting ready, this game would be awesome to have for them, cars and firetrucks…. WOW! 🙂

    Here is the definition of Erudition.. 🙂

    Erudition: extensive knowledge acquired chiefly from books : profound, recondite, or bookish learning
    synonym- knowledge

  5. I follow Quirky Momma on facebook 🙂

  6. We are still in the memory stage, but have started with letters. Very fun!!!

  7. My daughter is just at the point where she is starting to learn sight words and beginning to read. She knows all her letter sounds, and can pick out a few words here and there, but a game like this would certainly be helpful to us. Another game we like is Zingo.
    .-= Janelle´s last blog ..JellyTelly – Christian Online TV series for kids =-.

  8. My daughter loved You can go to the parent section and print out the short stories. She plays on the computer and watches the short videos and is learning while doing it!

  9. Beth Monson says:

    We love the classic “Battleship” at our house!

  10. okay my kids are still hanging out in ethiopia so I will say a game the kids i used to nanny for loved, candy land, we played that game for HOURS! at least it helped with colors for the little one (he was two).

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  11. Great giveaway. We don’t have any word games at home, and I would love to win one. We are really enjoying Shapes Up even though it’s a little over my daughter’s age.
    .-= Natalie´s last blog ..The Art Show =-.

  12. I teach kindergarten, and make sight word games all the time. One of my kids’ favorites is POP!, where sight words (or letters, depending on the level of the kids playing) are written on balloon shaped cards, with POP! cards distributed throughout the deck. Draw the top card, read it, and keep it; if you can’t read it, return it to bottom of deck and play goes to next player. When a POP! card is drawn, you lose all of the cards you’ve accumulated. They love it, and don’t even mind losing their cards (unlike, say, having to go backwards in Candyland).

  13. We LOVE games! Favorites are connect 4, zingo, chutes and ladders, and many more!

  14. My son loves to play peek a boo this would be perfect when it comes time for him to learn to read.

  15. Merrie L. says:

    My son loves Cariboo (by Cranium)!

  16. Merrie L. says:

    I follow Quirky Momma on Twitter! Username: mjl6mom2

  17. Merrie L. says:

    I found another post [Activities for Preschoolers to learn about Color and Sight] and left a comment including the word Erudition! 

  18. My little one enjoys dominoes.

  19. I’m following you on FB, but I’m having a hard time getting the RSS feed to work, so can’t follow on that, and the email one wasn’t working for me either. Sigh, I’ll come back and try again later.
    .-= Ticia´s last blog ..The cost of creativity =-.

  20. My niece and nephew LOOOOOVE chutes and ladders. Me, not so much!

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