Sight Word Drag Racing

There are few toys my boys love more than their Matchbox cars. As I watched them eagerly race two cars at a time down their track, I was struck with an idea. With one simple twist, their playful competition would make a motivating and educational game. Sight Word Drag Racing was born!

  1. Ages: 3 - 8

  2. 1 hour - 2 hours

  3. A little messy

  4. Grownup needed


Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Before inviting your child to join you, write one sight word in the middle of each label and stick it onto the hood of a race car. When choosing the sight words to work on first, I like to use the most common English words in print. The first 20 words on that list are: {a, I, it, the, and, in, of, to, he, is, that, was, look, you, said, for, up, go, we, play}.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    When you're ready, invite your child to write one sight word on each line of a Drag Racing Bracket. I made mine on the computer but it would work just as well to make one on a blank sheet of paper. The two words in the blue box will race in the first round. In this example, the cars labeled {my} and {he} are assigned to Heat One. The two sight words in the green box will race next, and so on.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Now comes the fun. Have your child place the cars that will be racing in Round One at the top of the ramp. After counting down in your best announcer's voice, have your child race them. (Using a low, booming announcer's voice always makes me laugh too.)

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Done!

    The car to cross the finish line first is the winner. Have your child write the winning word on the line next to the blue bracket. In this example, {my} won Heat One. Racing and writing continues until one car speeds its way to the winner's circle.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

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