Did you see our Upper and Lowercase Letter Matching Hole Punch Activity? I used that as inspiration to create a new version, and it has become a favorite among our sight word activities! I started with Dolch Pre-Primer words and created this Sight Word Matching Hole Punch Activity. This one has a little twist, though.
Matching Hole Punch: A Favorite of our Sight Word Activities
Since my daughter is ready to start exploring sight words and she loves using office supplies, just like her mama, I knew she would dig this activity. It’s perfect for recognition of the words but you can also add in sounding out words as they find the matches.
To get started, first gather your materials.
- Single Hole Punch (Or Large Circle Punch)
- Printable Pack (at the end of the post)
- Laminator (optional)
- Manipulatives (erasers, reusable stickers, etc) or dry erase markers (optional)
Each page of the printable pack has four strips. Each strip focuses on a different Dolch Pre-Primer word as well as a word bank with random other Dolch Pre-Primer sight words.
For Single Use: Since I printed this activity for my daughter to use, we went with the single use route. She loves the hole punch
I cut each strip out and gave my daughter the stack as well as the hole punch. We used both the large circle punch (scrapbook section at craft stores) and also the single hole punch.
She liked using both, but I liked that the large circle punch covered most of the word when it punched out. It was neat.
Also when she turned the punch over, she could see the sight word inside the hole of the punch. That was a neat aspect.
For Center/Reusable Use: Print out and cut as describe above. Laminate each strip separately and cut from there. Give students the strips, or one at a time, and a stack of manipulatives.
We love mini erasers but literally any small manipulative would work. This may be a great opportunity to give your students a choice as well. As mentioned above, dry erase markers would also be an excellent choice.
I love that my daughter can do this activity with me by her side or on her own. When we worked on it together, I asked her to sound out the words or at least state what the letters were and then repeat me as I say the word.
It is also a super helpful activity when I need to get something done like a phone call or cooking dinner. I was close enough if she had a question, but I did not have to be completely involved.
Grab Your Copy
The download has Dolch Pre-Primer words, ready to play! There is also a blank page if you want to print it out and handwrite in more, or work on names, numbers, anything you like! Then, hop on over and try this unicorn sight word matching game!
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