Sometimes, I get so excited about activity ideas I have — and then it takes forever to get around to them. This Sight Word Pumpkin Patch Sensory Bin was one of those cases. I loved the idea, but it took me a full fall season to actually set this up, and then even longer to present it to E, even though it was about the simplest thing ever 😉 But regardless, E absolutely loved it, and it worked out just the way I’d planned 🙂
(E was 5 years and 6 months old.)
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Materials for Sight Word Pumpkin Patch Sensory Bin
- Pre-Primer Sight Word Pumpkins printable.
- Printer, laminator, and laminating pouches.
- Heavy paper.
- Scissors or paper cutter.
- Shoe box-sized storage bin.
- A sensory filler of your choice. I used some of the rice and beans from the Halloween Sensory Bin we did a while back, but pretty much anything dry will work.
- Small bowl for the “picked pumpkins” (optional — I used an applesauce cup that was the perfect size).
After pouring just a little bit of my white/orange rice and black beans mixture into the sensory bin, I randomly stuck some pre-primer sight word pumpkins into it. I simply placed the applesauce cup on top of the rice and beans off to the side.
E didn’t require any explanation and started pulling out one card at a time and reading her sight words.
Once she’d read them, she placed the cards in the applesauce cup.
Those she didn’t get right on her first try, she stuck back in and got them all on the second try.
Once she’d gone through all of the sight words, she decided to bury the cards completely in the sensory filler
and had fun hunting for them 🙂
What’s your kids’ favorite way of learning sight words? Leave a comment below!
Looking for more fun ways to learn sight words? I’ve got some for you!
Building Sight Words Activity by Mom Inspired Life
Marshmallow Sight Words Sensory Bin by Life Over Cs
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