Clothespin Sight Word Fun!
Want an activity to do with your child focusing on letter recognition, making words and fine motor skills? This is one that your child will love! I started using this activity for letter recognition with AG and as time has progressed, we’ve moved to making words.
For this activity you’ll just need clothespins, a sharpie and popsicle sticks, the wider the better.
Write the words on the popsicle sticks, leaving enough space for your child to place the clothespins on top of each letter. I also wrote the completed word on the end of the clothespin so that she could see the word as she was using the clothes pins to make it. The more she sees the sight words, the better. On the clothespins, write a single letter. I have 10 words placed in a box at a time and give AG 2 to practice at a time. I don’t want to overwhelm her with so many letters at one time. From there, all she has to do is match the letters and make words!
letter identification- where is the a? what letter is next to the letter o? spell this word for me?
letter sounds- point to the f. what sound does f make? f is for fish. what other words start with the letter f?
blends (bl, sh) teach your child about the sound made when two letters come together and identify words that start with that blend. what sound goes a b make? what sound does an l make? if you put them together, it sounds like…. can you think of other words that start with bl?
making words- identify all of the letters, sound them out and say the word.
If your child is still learning how to spell his/ her name, this would be a great activity for your child to do. Put the name on the craft sticks and on the clothespins. Then have your child match the letters.
Another activity you can do with the clothespins and sticks is making patterns. You can use numbers, shapes and letters to make patterns for your child to identify.
The possibilities are endless and your child will be busy with this activity for a while. To get the most out of the clothespins and sticks, you can also use the back side of them for a different word. I used the pre-k sight words for AG to practice on. You can get the printable sight word cards here.