This fun hands-on Halloween sight word game is lots of fun for early readers. Kids will love the element of spooky fun and they will be learning a whole set of new words in the process.
Just collect a few Halloween themed items like a plastic pumpkin, a witches hat from the dress up cupboard or a wand, and you have almost everything you need to add some fun Halloween spookiness to your reading lesson.
Playing the game is very simple. Choose one of the Halloween themed items and place it in front of you. Now, construct a sentence to describe that object. For example, “the cauldron is black” or “the wand is gold”. The nouns were all grouped together on the left of the table and the adjectives were grouped together on the right side of the table. Separating them in this way makes the distinction between different parts of the sentence clearer for early readers.
In the center of the table was some green play dough. The little sign with “the” was placed in the play dough first, followed by the noun that corresponded to the item that had been selected, followed by “is” and the then an adjective was selected to complete the sentence.
The activity could be reversed so that the adult constructs the sentence first, and then the child needs to read the sentence and select the item that corresponds to the sentence.
Another way to extend the activity would be for the adult to construct an incorrect sentence such as “The pumpkin is gold” and then the child has to find the error, and swap it out for the correct word. If you don’t have any Halloween items on hand, you could use pictures of hats, cauldrons and pumpkins instead.
Better yet, have your child draw the pictures themselves and add even more creative fun to the learning!