While Mack (4) is not reading yet, he has definitely taken an interest in letter sounds and spelling and is trying to understand how it all fits together. I am attempting to give him some opportunities to explore reading and learning sight words in a fun way! Recently, he came across a simple lock and key busy bag that I had tucked away from when he was younger, it gave me the idea to work this into a fun, educational activity for him, so I created this simple sight word game. I love that this can be re-worked to focus on shapes, colors, numbers, etc. Someone also commented on my Instagram page that this could be used for opposites and rhyming words as well. GENIUS!
What you need:
- Padlocks with keys
- Hole punch
I bought these padlocks at the dollar store. I used 4 because I felt like it was enough to keep Mack busy, but was also a manageable amount to be able to put in a sight word busy bag and take out with us.
On the back of the lock I put an uppercase letter (the beginning letter of the sight word) and the corresponding lowercase letter on the other key.
That’s it! So simple but fun. I just set all of the keys in a pile and told Mack to try to find the right key to open the lock. He welcomed the challenge, trying to sound out letters and open the locks. He has been practicing and has gotten so good at these sight words. Soon, I will change the words by placing new stickers on the locks and sight words on the keys. Ava, who is 2, has also enjoyed just playing with these. They are both learning fine motor skills, problem solving, and the process of elimination.
Learning is fun!