Flashlight Word Game

A boring list of sight words for homework? No problem. This flashlight game is way more fun. I came up with this game when my son was in kindergarten and wasn't too thrilled about the prospect of writing a list of words over and over again. He'd much rather play a game. And you know what? It worked! He knew his list of words in no time and we've been playing it ever since. My six-year-old daughter and I are playing it now, as she learns to read. It's so much fun!

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    I made signs out of the words my daughter is learning to read. I wanted them to be very clear for her to read and she has a bit of a struggle with handwriting; however if your child wants to write the words or needs the practice, then you could have him or her write the words. I used a thick marker to make sure the words would be easy to read from a distance.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    I found the largest, blankest wall we had in the house, and stuck the words all over it with painter's tape, to keep the paint from being ruined.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    I included some words that I know my daughter can easily read so that the game would be fun and not so much of a challenge that she got frustrated and didn't want to play anymore.

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  • Step 4

    Did I mention that we play this game at bedtime so it is a big motivator for getting the kids upstairs without the bedtime battle? A wonderful little side benefit. We turn out all the lights and my daughter shines her flashlight on the words and reads them. If she needs help sounding out a word, I help her. We play variations of the game like I call out a word, and she finds it with the flashlight. Or she randomly shines the flashlight on a word and Mom has to read it. Sometimes I pretend to struggle with the word. She always helps me out.

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  • Step 5

    Look who wants to play, too: her little brother. My three-year-old thinks this is fun, too. Only he looks for letters in the words: "Look, Mommy, I found a 'W'." We get really excited about that: "Yay, a W! How cool is that?! Do you know what sound a W makes?"

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  • Done!

    Another variation is to make a sentence out of the words, shining the flashlight on each word as she goes along: "The car will stop."
    My daughter said, "Reading by flashlight is a fun way to learn, Mommy." I think I know what game we'll be playing before bedtime for the near future. And I am so okay with that!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

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