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Target Practice - Sight Word Activity

Nothing like a fun game of target practice learn your sight words! This activity will have your child learning more words and building their vocabulary in no time as well as their hand-eye coordination.

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What’s that word?

This activity is really easy and lots of fun for all children. Your child will work on many different skills while playing, including their aim, hand-eye coordination and increasing their sight word vocabulary. All you have to do is write words on paper plates with a marker. After that, hang them all over the house and grab a soft ball or stuffy. Say a word and then have your child find it. Then comes the best part: throwing the ball at the word until they hit it!

📚 Books to explore: Players in Pigtails by Shana Corey; The Littlest Leaguer by Syd Hoff; and Goodnight Baseball by Michael Dahl. 

✨ Pro Tip: Make sure that anything you have out that might get broken is put away. Safety first! 

⚾ Take it outside! If you have a tree in your yard (and no windows around), hang the words on the tree for your child to throw at.


For this activity you will need:

Paper plates 


Soft plush ball or stuffy 

Painter’s tape

Learning Outcomes




Matching spoken words with written ones


Associating the spoken word with the written word by point or talking about connections.


Step 1:

On the paper plates, write sight words your child is working on. Make sure to write them large and only one per plate.

Step 2:

Tape the plates up on walls, cupboards or any other surface around your home. 

Step 3:

Grab a stuffy and explain the rules: You yell out a word, your child has to find it, say it and then throw the ball at it until they hit the word.

Step 4:

Once your child knows them all, they can yell out whichever one they want and throw the ball at.

⬆️ For older preschoolers: For your older children, hang the plates a little higher up and start using shapes or numbers instead of words. 

⬇️ For younger toddlers: For the younger child in the house, start with single letters and hang them lower as their aim will need some practice.

Playful Questions

How do you spell ______?

What’s your favorite sport?

How far can you throw the ball?

Can you find the word ______?

What does ______ mean?

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