Sight Word Games and Activities

Baby and Toddler Brains are Amazing

I am a big advocate for exposing kids to words, language, and reading at an early age. Children’s brains from the ages of 0-3 are growing at a fast rate. This means that their learning rate is extremely rapid during this time.

When my son was a baby I exposed him to a lot of language through books, singing, talking, and telling stories. My purpose was for him to learn to talk. I didn’t want him to be a late talker because sometimes children can become frustrated and resort to hitting when they want something but can’t express it. I wanted my son to communicate his wants and needs as early as he could.

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My plan worked! He started talking in full sentences around 18 months and sounding out words at 21 months. The ability to read was a surprise to me. It was not my intention but I didn’t complain that it happened.

There were 10 steps that I used to get my son to talk and read…

  • Familiarity with Language
  • In-Depth Learning
  • Learning the Alphabet
  • Phonics
  • Blending Sounds
  • Sight Words
  • Experience
  • Digital Media
  • Reading a Variety of Books
  • Strategic Structure of my Day

All of these steps are discussed in detail in my book Teach Your Toddler to Read Through Play. This book has over 130 activities/games, tips and resources. It is available on Amazon. Click the image below to access it.

Sight Word Games and Activities

Today we will discuss sights words. In the video below I explain what sight words are and how I used playful methods to expose my son to them. I DID NOT USE FLASH CARDS. Although effective at times, I think using flash cards are an isolated way of exposing a child to sight words and this is explained in the video. I also provide better teaching alternatives.

The video comes from my Online Course, Teach Your Toddler to Read Through Play. This course shows you how my son learned to read through playful activities. He didn’t know he was learning because we made it fun. It takes you through his learning-to-read journey with videos of him as a baby up to three years old.

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I explain how my son learned sight words in three videos.

You can access the other two videos in our resource library by clicking this link or completing the form below.

I hope this helps! Enjoy the sight word journey!

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Fun & Simple Science Experiment to Teach Kids About Germs

For the past six weeks, our country has been in quarantine due to Covid-19. During this time, my son and I have used our creativity to make up fun activities to do in our home.

We have spent a lot of time doing Science Experiments, playing games, learning, and enjoying the warm weather outside.

One day my son was looking on the Internet and saw the Pepper and Soap Experiment. After viewing the instructions for this experiment, he ran in the kitchen and told me that he wanted to do it. I was familiar with the experiment because I saw it about a month ago on Facebook and was planning to do it with him in the future.

However, he requested that we do the Pepper and Soap Experiment that day. My son was excited because he wanted to add his own twist to the experiment.

How Does It Work?

In this activity, germs are represented by pepper. In demonstrates how soap is used to repel those germs and wash them off your hands.

We knew pepper would work in this experiment. However, my son took it a step further and discovered three more spices/seasonings that worked and why all four were successful.

I was proud of my son because he tested all the spices/seasonings in our kitchen. He calls his new discovery, THE SURPRISE SPICES.

We like the experiment because it is fun and simple. You most likely have all the materials in your kitchen.

Additionally, it is a wonderful way to explain to children the importance of washing their hands with soap. This skill is especially important now that Covid-19 is among us.

If you want to see how the experiment is done and THE SURPRISE SPICES, please view the video below. It comes from my son’s YouTube Channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. Please like and subscribe to support the channel and for fun learning activities.

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How To Do 3D Salt Art Painting for Kids -Simple and Fun

My son is generally excited to do most of the art projects I present to him. However, there are some art projects that don’t appeal to him. This is why I generally let him choose his own as a way to promote interest-led learning.

When I showed my son the 3D Salt Art Painting craft, he was not thrilled to do it. I requested that we try one, just to see if liked it. He agreed.

Once we tried one Salt Art Painting, he wanted to do more. In fact, he did a total of four pictures in one session. This really surprised me! After doing the first picture, he asked if we could make a video showing others how to do it. I said “yes.”

My son has a YouTube channel called, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. On his channel he shows kids and parents how to do his favorite science experiments, art projects, pretend play scenarios, and to play with fun games and toys. He is learning new concepts, such as math and vocabulary, while doing all these activities.

Three of the Salt Paintings he made were freestyle writings and drawings. We used a drawing book called, Draw AlphaBeasts by Steve Harpster. This book shows children how to draw 130+ monsters, aliens and robots from letters and numbers. I wrote another post called Draw Monsters Out of Letters and Numbers featuring this same book.

We liked this activity because we had everything we needed at home. Try this activity! Your children may be like my son, and want to do multiple paintings.

Below is a video of my son doing the 3D Salt Art Painting. It comes from his YouTube channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventure. Please subscribe and like for more fun learning activities!

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Letter Recognition & Word Game for Preschoolers, Kindergarten, and Up

Letter Recognition and words are one of the first concepts children learn when starting school. Letter recognition can be perfected by singing the Alphabet song, reading books, watching educational shows, and by simply playing with letters. Children often become familiar with words by reading, spelling, playing word games, etc.

My son and I have used all the methods mentioned above to get him familiar with letters and words. This time we decided to do something different. We created a fun activity called the Blindfold Alphabet and Word Game.

This game starts out easy with letter recognition but then gets harder with spelling words. The unique part of this game is that you have to identify letters and words with a blindfold.

We had so much fun playing this game. There was a lot of laughter during this activity. This game is a great way to reinforce letter recognition, how letters are formed (which is beneficial for handwriting skills) phonics, and spelling.

My son and I made a video of us playing the Blindfold Alphabet and Word Game. We had a friendly competition. You will see us having fun while learning. Watch the video below to see who won the game. Have your children participate while watching by identifying the letters and words with us.

The video below comes from my son’s YouTube channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. Please like and subscribe for other fun learning activities.

We used foam alphabet letters for bathtub in the video below.

Enjoy playing this game with your family!

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Ice Cube Melting Experiment – Fun and Easy

A Love for Science

My son, Corban, loves to do science experiments. Science experiments are a fun way for kids to get their hands messy and to understand how the world works. I have learned a lot through doing these activities as well. For example, I got a better understanding of Newton’s Law of Motion from doing the Colorful Egg Drop Science Experiment for Kids.

Because of our many scientific encounters, I decided it was time to get my son tools such as beakers, test tubes, funnel, and safety goggles. I did not want to purchase these things separately so I got the Educational Insights Geo Safari Rockin’ Reactions Chemistry Set. It includes the following: beaker, 4 test tubes, test tube rack, graduated cylinder, lab glasses, dropper, funnel, stirring rod, and 22-page activity journal.

Fun and Easy

As soon as we got the kit, Corban looked through the activity book at the various experiments. He decided to do Ice Cube Melting Experiment aka Disappearing Ice. I like this experiment because you don’t need fancy science tools. You can use materials you have in your home. In fact, we shared a video of my son doing this experiment with a friend. About 30 minutes later, I get a video text with my friend with her daughter doing this experiment with drinking glasses and ice.

I encourage you to try this easy activity. It will show kids that when two or more chemicals are mixed together, amazing things can happen.

Corban has created a video showing you how to do the experiment below.

Let’s Get Started

MaterIALS NEEDED:

  • 1 funnel (optional)
  • 1 test tube (an alternative is a drinking glass)
  • 2 (more) drinking glasses or plastic cups
  • 2 ice cubes that are about the same size
  • regular table salt

Watch Corban demonstrate the Disappearing Ice/Ice Cube Melting Experiment. It is a great activity to teach kids why, in snowy regions, workers put salt on the road to make them safer for drivers. The video comes from my son’s YouTube channel called Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. Please like and subscribe for fun learning activities!

Have fun discovering how chemistry helps keep drivers safe.

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Colorful Egg Drop Science Experiment for Kids

About a week ago, many families were coloring eggs to prepare for Easter Egg Hunts. This can be a fun and interactive process for children. I knew my son would love coloring eggs this year and we did just that. However, we decided to do something different. We incorporated a magical science trick while coloring our eggs.

It is called the Colorful Egg Drop Science Experiment for Kids. My son saw this experiment in a book and could not wait to try it. He immediately searched our home for the materials to execute this amazing scientific trick.

I was a little skeptical at first because I didn’t think it would work. However, to my surprise, it was successful on the first try! My son wanted to do the experiment repeatedly after it worked the first time.

I love this experiment because it required materials I had at home, it was quick and easy to set up, it taught my son about Newton’s Law of Motion and gravity, and it colored our eggs for Easter in a fun way!

Below my son will teach you how to do this fun experiment.

Let’s Get Started!

Materials Needed:

  • Two toilet paper rolls
  • Three cups of water
  • Food Coloring (we used three different colors)
  • Spoon
  • One saucer size paper plate
  • One regular size paper plate
  • Three white eggs

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Have fun with this activity!

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Soda Explosion for Kids

The Ultimate Experience

My son, Cory, loves science experiments because they provide the ultimate hands-on experience. Hands-on learning is the best way for children to be exposed to something new. It uses three of the child’s senses which are touch, sight, and hearing.

When doing science experiments, children are touching and seeing the materials they are handling and manipulating. Often times, they are working with others and hearing their friends’ conversations while adhering to the experiment’s directions.

Fun Explosions

Cory would agree that the best experiments have fun chemical reactions and explosions. A few that we like are Elephant Toothpaste, Egg Volcano, and Magic Balloon. We are always looking to add more to our collection. My son found the Soda Explosion in a book. This is a reaction between the carbonated beverage Coke and Mentos mints that causes the beverage to spray out of the bottle/container.

We made a tube with this experiment so the explosion would be more intense and higher.

This activity is simple and fun. It is a popular experiment right now. Let me show you how to do it.

Let’s Get Started!

Materials:

Watch the video below for directions and to see our Soda Explosion experience. This video comes from my son’s YouTube Channel called Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. Please subscribe!

Why it works

  • Carbon dioxide molecules from the soda attach to the surface on the Mentos.
  • The mentos makes a lot of bubbles that rise and push the soda out.

Have fun with this activity!

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Bubble Pipe for Kids

One day my son and I went to the Dollar Tree to buy pans for our next science experiment. While we were there, my son found a big bubble wand with a tray, and asked if we could get it. I told him “yes” because it looked like fun.

I thought we could incorporate science into the bubble play by making our own bubble solution. When we got home, he could not wait to try out his new wand. He also suggested that we try other bubble wands as well. We looked around the house and got pipe cleaners, a straw, tape, and paper.

We took the materials and attempted to make bubble pipes with three different materials. They were simple to make and fun to use. We stayed outside for over an hour playing. The various wands we used made the bubble play interesting and engaging. I will show you what we did below.

Learn how we made giant bubbles by viewing the video below… (this is from my son’s YouTube channel called Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures).

Let’s Get Started!

Materials for Bubble Pipe:

  • Small piece of writing paper
  • Small piece of parchment paper
  • Small piece of Aluminum foil
  • Straws (3)

Materials for Bubble Solution:

  • Water
  • Glycerin
  • Dish Soap (we used Dawn)

Directions for Bubble Pipe

  • Take the small piece of writing paper, roll it around one side of the straw, and tape it.
  • Take the small piece of aluminum foil, roll it around one side of the straw, and tape it.
  • Take the small piece of parchment paper, roll it around one side of the straw, and tape it.
Here is the small piece of aluminum foil.
My son rolling the writing paper around one side of the straw.
My son rolling the aluminum foil around one side of the straw.
Pictured are three straws with writing paper, parchment paper, and aluminum foil around one side of the straw. It is secured with tape.

Now is it time to make your bubble solution.

  • Mix 1 part dish soap, 4 parts warm water, add a teaspoon of glycerin, and stir well.
  • Stick either the writing paper, aluminum foil, or parchment paper straw in the bubble solution.
    • Put with the writing paper, aluminum foil, or parchment paper side of the straw in the bubble solution.
This is our bubble solution.
  • Blow on the straw (opposite side of the paper or aluminum foil.
You can see a bubble forming while my son is blowing.
Here’s another bubble forming.

Watch the video of my son using the bubble pipe made with writing paper.

IMG_3470bubble-pipe
Here is the bubble wand we purchased from Dollar Tree.

Other Tips

  • If your bubble solution is not working, add more dish soap and/or glycerin.
  • You will have a better chance of making bubbles if you blow through the straw slowly.

Have fun with this activity!

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60+ Toddler Songs that Help Expose Children to Language

Boys Talk Later than Girls?

Before I had children, child development professionals, friends, and families told me boys usually talk later than girls. It became something that I expected. So, when my son Cory was born, my goal was to communicate with him often so he would become familiar with language. 

I didn’t want Cory to be a late communicator, because in my work as a play therapist, I noticed children who couldn’t speak would resort to hitting or kicking out of frustration. However, once they developed language, this behavior would decrease because they could communicate their wants and needs. 

My son was able to speak in full sentences by nineteen months. This was because he was naturally exposed to language through play and interaction. One way that I exposed him to language was through playing and singing toddler songs.

How and when it was done

I played and sung songs during the night when he woke up as a baby and during car rides. We also heard songs during feedings and diaper changes. When we played Toddler Radio on Pandora, I would pick my son up and dance with him.

Once my son become a toddler, we would play music on Youtube or on the radio and dance to it. Then we would do physical movements to songs like Wheels on the Bus and Head Shoulder Knees and Toes. This helped Cory make a connection with words and their meaning.

You may take it a step further by purchasing or going to the library and getting books that are based on toddler songs. It is an excellent way to expose children to language.

Now that you know the benefit of exposing young children to toddler music, I will give you a list of 60+ songs.

Let’s Get Started

  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  • The Wheels on the Bus
  • Old McDonald
  • B-I-N-G-O
  • Head & Shoulders
  • The More We Get Together
  • Do Your Ears Hang Low?
  • The Runny Nose Blues
  • Pop Goes The Weasel
  • I’m a Big Kid Now
  • Jack & Jill
  • Oh Susanna
  • Hickory Dickory Dock
  • Three Blink Mice
  • In My Garden
  • Mr. Clean
  • Polly Put The Kettle On
  • John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
  • Granny & Gramps
  • At the Grocery
  • Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
  • Yankee Doodle
  • In My Room
  • Kookaburra
  • Rock-A-Tot
  • Eensy Weensy Spider
  • Oh Dear What Can the Matter Be?
  • Five Little Monkeys
  • The Alphabet Song
  • Skinny Marinky Dinky Dink
  • Dry Bones
  • If You’re Happy
  • Six Little Ducks
  • Fingers, Nose, Toes
  • Baa, Baa Black Sheep
  • The Bear Went Over The Mountain
  • Roll Over
  • This Old Man
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Deep and Wide
  • Mulberry Bush
  • There’s A Hold In The Bucket
  • He’s Got The Whole World In His Hand
  • Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me
  • She’ll Be Coming Around The Mountain
  • America the Beautiful
  • Down By The River Side
  • Row Row Row Your Boat
  • The Farmer in the Dell
  • I’ve Got Peace Like a River
  • The Ants Go Marching
  • Where is Thumbkin?
  • London Bridge
  • Ring Around the Rosy
  • The Muffin Man
  • Skip To My Lou
  • When The Saint’s Go Marching In
  • Happy Birthday Song
  • You’re A Grand Old Flag
  • It’s Raining It’s Pouring
  • Rig-A-Jig-Jig
  • 1, 2 Buckle My Shoe
  • Engine Number Nine
  • This Little Pig

Have Fun With These Songs!

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8 Number Toys/Materials for Toddlers

My son was able to recite the numbers 1-10 at 17 months. I remember him sitting in the high chair, waiting for his dinner to cool down, saying the numbers as I held my fingers up.

He did not learn with flashcards. He learned with natural and playful exposure. I wanted to ensure he used three of his senses, which were sight, hearing, and touch, when learning the numbers. It was important for him to see, hear, and touch them. It is possible to incorporate the sense of taste by making number cookies.

I will show you the educational toys for toddlers we used to naturally expose my son to numbers in a fun way. Additionally, there are explanations in how we used each toy or material.

Let’s Get Started!

Number Puzzles

  • My son liked these types of puzzles because he was able to touch the numbers.
  • Whenever he picked up a number, I would identify it.
  • We would put them in order forwards and backwards.
  • I also loved to hide them around the room and he would bring them to me.
    • After he gave me the number, I would identify it until he could do it himself.
  • Here are more options for number puzzles.

Play-Doh

Magnetic Numbers

  • My son liked playing with these numbers on the refrigerator while I was cooking or preparing a snack.
  • He sometimes would mix the numbers up and ask me to identify them.
  • He liked to hold up a certain number and have me tell him its name.
  • We would make up songs about the order of the numbers.

Flexi Rods

  • I know this is not a toy but a hair product.
  • We used this as a toy by bending them to make numbers.
  • I have these at home but never used them.
  • It is also a great hand strengthening activity for kids to prepare them for writing.

WikkiStix

  • We used WikkiStix to form numbers.
  • WikkiStix kept my son busy during a two-hour church service.
  • After making numbers, we liked to make up stories about the numbers.

Leapfrog Learn and Groove Musical Mat

  • This toy brings a physical component to numbers.
  • This number instructs kids to step on a certain number while doing silly movements.
  • My son and I loved racing each other to get to certain numbers.
  • The music, colors, and commentary makes learning about numbers fun.

Mark D Pencil Learning with Hip Hip Educational Lessons

  • Turn your car into an educational vehicle with this music.
  • We like listening to this album in the car.
  • It was a natural way for my son to learn how to count from 1-100.
  • After hearing the number song many times, you will hear your child sing them while playing.

Children’s Books

  • During our weekly trips to the library, I would get different number books.
  • Reading various number books to your child will help them remember it in a natural way.
  • They will get various perspectives on numbers from different authors’ points of view.
  • We read over 60 number books.
  • Below are five number books my son enjoyed…

Have fun with these learning toys for toddlers!

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