One of my favorite ways to get my kids practicing and mastering skills is by creating educational games. What I love about them is my children have so much fun playing games together while learning! You’re going to really like what this DIY Snowflake Race Alphabet or Sight Word Game has to offer your students.
This DIY Snowflake Race Alphabet or Sight Word Game is great for preschool up to 2nd grade for practicing letter/sounds and memory words.
I would use this activity game board in small groups or center time as it’s best for a 2 player game.
Snowflake Race Sight Word Game
- Poster board OR extra large construction paper
- Markers or Sharpie
- Glue Stick
- Snowflake die-cuts or calendar pieces
- High Frequency Words or Memory Words
- ABC cards
- Letter manipulatives
Assemble Your DIY Game Board
Choose either poster board or large construction paper for the foundation of your game board. Then decide on the game board path for your snowflakes.
Once you’ve decided on the path that the game players will go, glue down your snowflake pieces to your game board.
Decide which end of the game board will be the start and finish. Using a sharpie or regular marker, write “start” and “finish” on a snowflake. Place these snowflakes where you want them on the game board.
I would laminate your game board if you’d like to use it more than once (optional). Our kids look forward to having these game boards to use every season!
How to Play
- Gather dice and player game board pieces (we like to use teddy bear counters)
- Choose which concept you would like the children to practice (we went with sight words)
- Player #1 rolls the die and before he or she can move spaces, they must read the word properly.
- When the player successfully reads the word (or letter/sound) then he/she may move their game piece.
- Player #2 proceeds as player #1 did until a winner arrives at the finish line.
If a player doesn’t correctly read the word or say the letter/sound then he/she may lose their turn.
Or, alternatively, you can decide you will all work together to help them figure it out, whichever works best for the collaboration and cooperation of your group.
You might try using a dry erase marker to write some extra rules into your game board. My son had a blast doing this.
He decided to create spaces on the game board that read, “Go Back 2,” and “Jump forward 1.”
Learning with this DIY Snowflake Race Game is a great start to winter, and your kids are sure to have a blast with it too!
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