Make Your Own Sight Word Games: Go Fish and Memory

We are in the throes of learning lists and lists of sight words right now…some being harder than others. Last month, I reached out to friends on Facebook asking about sight word games and other activities that I could play with Ethan to help him learn (and retain) the sight words that he needs to learn. My friend Kasey suggested making flashcards and playing Go Fish, which turned out to be a lifesaver for me.

How To Make Flashcards For Sight Word Games


It’s so simple to make these two sight word games. In fact, you only need to make one set of flashcards to enjoy two games.

To make these sight word games, you will need three things: scissors, a pen, and flashcards. I have found that it’s hard for Ethan to hold the full-sized flashcards, so I cut the cards in half to make two out of one card. Well, for that reason and because I’m cheap.

To make flashcards to play the games, you will need twice as many flashcards as you have words. For instance, if you have ten sight words that you will be playing with you will need 20 flashcards. Write each word on two flashcards, so that you have a pair of each words.

That’s it! You now have flashcards to play sight word games Go Fish and Memory.

Sight Word Games: Go Fish


Do you remember playing Go Fish as a kid? We played with a deck of regular cards, so we’d ask for a number instead of a word. With this version, you are using sight words. This makes your child not only have to sound out the words to ask you if you have the word he needs, but he’s also looking for the words that you are asking for.

Ethan LOVES playing this game. At first I started with the entire sight word list, but now that’s he’s moving on with the lists, I usually play with 5 – 10 words that he struggles with on various lists.

To Play:

Starting with 20 cards (ten sight words total), deal five cards to both players. The remaining ten cards go face down into the “Go Fish” pile.

sight-word-games Note: Because it’s hard for Ethan to hold and keep the cards in his hands, we put up a barrier (the Lego box) so that he can put his cards down on the table.

Choose who is going to go first. That person chooses one of the cards he is holding and says: “Mom, do you have the word who?”

If I have that word on one of my cards, I give it to the person who asked for it. He then has a pair that he sets aside.

If I don’t have “who,” then I say “Go Fish” and he takes a card out of the Go Fish pile. If he draws the card he wanted, then he makes his pair and gets another turn.

If he doesn’t get the card he wanted, it’s the next player’s turn.

Continue until either someone has no cards left in their hand or the draw pile runs out. The winner is the player who then has the most sets of pairs.

Sight Word Games: Memory

sight-word-games Memory is a great sight word game because it can be played together or alone.

To Play:

Shuffle the flashcards and lay them on the table, face down, in rows. If playing with 20 cards, do four rows of five cards, or some variation of that.

On each turn, a player turns over two cards (one at a time) and keeps them if they match words. If they make a match, then they get another turn.

If the two cards do not match numbers, those cards are turned face down again and it becomes the next player’s turn.

When all the pairs have been found, the player with the most points wins.

We also play sight word games on Starfall and ABC Mouse. To play sight word games and other learning games on Starfall is free, but you must pay for ABC Mouse.

What sight word games are hits at your house? I’m always looking for new ones!


  1. Our babysitter is a Kumon instructor and has a bunch of sight word games. One is like Uno and the kids love it! I will get the deets from her when she comes over tomorrow and let you know! Brittany recently posted..DIY Plumbing Pipe TableMy Profile
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  4. These are great, even as a teaching resource (I have young kids in my ESL class).
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