I don’t know what it is about flyswatters, but our kids have rooms full of toys and they are obsessed with the flyswatter. I turned that obsession to good use. I picked up new, inexpensive flyswatters at the Dollar Tree and created a sight word activity.
This activity works on reinforcing sight words and as an added bonus this sight word activity gets the kids moving and works those gross motor skills.
To get this sight word activity started, cut a piece of paper into smaller pieces or use notecards. Write your child’s sight words on the pieces of paper.
Lay the sight words out on a flat surface. We used the driveway. You could lay them on the floor in the house or on the table.
This game can be played two different ways:
1. Call out the sight words and instruct the child to find the sight word and swat it with the flyswatter.
2. The child needs to name the sight word as the swat each one.
Other ways to play this flyswatter activity:
Swat the letter: Call out a letter and the child has to find the letter or have the child swat the letters while calling out the name of the letter.
Swat the number: Swap out numbers for the letters and play the same or or call out math problems and the child has to swat the answer.
Swat the shape: This works the same as letters except uses shapes.
Written by About a Mom contributor, Kim. Kim, the mama behind The Resourceful Mama, is a medical social worker turned stay at home mom to three. She enjoys sharing simple crafts and activities, parenting and homemaking tips, and a lot of holiday fun.