My 6-year-old isn’t exactly the most enthusiastic emerging reader, but this Water Balloon Reading Game always gets the cheers and not the groans. Since my kid would rather be playing outside, this game gives him the perfect chance to burn off some energy while we check off our sight word practice for the day.
How to set up the Water Balloon Reading Game
Fill up water balloons. I use a water balloon filler like this one. I purchased mine from Aldis. Make sure you fill up a couple more balloons than you think you will need. It helps to have a couple extra balloons in the arsenal. That way your kids know that if they play the game correctly (ie Don’t throw the balloons at you.), there will be balloons left over for a short water balloon fight.
Write around 10 service words that you are practicing on the sidewalk or driveway in chalk. I ask my child to do this step. It’s great practice spelling out the sight words. Try to put at least a foot or two between the words.
How the game works
Let your kid call out one of the words. Once your kid has identified a word correctly, he can blast the word with a water balloon. The water balloons will erase the words as you play helping you keep track of which words have been correctly read.
And, I always let my kids finish up by throwing one or two water balloons at me or each other. That’s their favorite part and when it’s 90 degrees outside, I can’t say I mind getting wet either.
Do you have any favorite games for practicing sight words?
Bethany is a South Carolina mom who enjoys learning with her kid. She is a weekly columnist for the Greenville News eGreenville, BHG.com pinner pro, and also runs Greenville’s top family website Kidding Around Greenville.
You are most likely to find her at the library, exploring a park, or in the middle of some sort of massive mess-making adventure with her kids.