This simple magnetic activity for kids makes sight word practice a snap. I’ve never met a preschooler that doesn’t get at least a little excited about magnets. The sort also incorporates gross motor skills to keep kids moving and active. All of the materials are cost effective ranging from $1 to FREE, depending on what you already have at home.
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- note cards or paper
- magnetic fridge decorations (Dollar Tree), or different solid color magnets of any kind
Use the marker to write the color names on note cards or paper. It is extremely important that you don’t match the marker to the color that you are writing, e.g. writing the word red in red marker. If you do , you will not be sure if your child is reading the word or just matching color to color.
If using the magnetic spring decorations, you will write red, yellow, green, blue, purple and pink. If you want to use orange like I did, you’ll have to use a small piece of orange construction paper to change the color of one of the flowers to orange. I did this by tracing the flower onto the orange paper, cutting it out and taping it on. Next, randomly tape the words to the fridge. Be sure to leave room for placing the magnets. The further you space the words, the more gross motor movements will be incorporated, because the kids will have to reach and lean.
Now that you have your sort set up, it’s time to match the colored magnets to the sight words. Each time you set up a new sort, be sure to mix up the word placement. If you leave the words in the same place every time, your kids can memorize the location of words, instead of actually having to read them.