Hide and Seek Sight Word Games
We all know that practicing sight words is a vital component of literacy, and Hide and Seek sight word games are the perfect way to do just that. These games can be played repeatedly and customized for any group of words! No need to hunt for them; listed below are some of my most engaging and effective Hide and Seek games to play with students. ⤵️
Why should children play Hide and Seek?
Playing Hide and Seek is a childhood right of passage! Incorporating such a classic game into a classroom activity brings joy to students and teachers alike. Games like the ones I will describe below make practicing sight words fun AND rewarding! I also love these games because they can be played with the whole group or adapted to a smaller group of learners. In addition, it is easy to differentiate instruction and practice. My Hide and Seek Games Bundle contains games for an entire school year with fun themes to match student interests!
Hide and Seek Pocket Chart Games
Hide and Seek sight word games played with the pocket chart are hands-on, and kids love them!
Here’s how I use this game in my classroom:
First, I place the sight word cards into the pocket chart. Next, I hide the character we are using behind a specific card. Then, students take turns guessing where the character is hiding by choosing and reading a sight word from the pocket chart. Students continue to take turns guessing until someone picks the designated sight word and finds the character! You then start over by choosing a new hiding spot and begin again.
Maybe you think you would love to incorporate pocket chart Hide and Seek into your classroom, but you shudder at the time it will take to create said games. Let me save you some sweat and tears by sharing my ultimate Hide and Seek Sight Word Pocket Chart Game Bundle, where you can find 15 of my favorite themed cards and games ready-made!
Check out this little video below to see the Hide and Seek pocket chart game in action! (Don’t you love how they cheer when they find the Gingerbread man?!)
Hide and Seek Whiteboard Game
As much as students love using the pocket chart for Hide and Seek, they also get excited about using the whiteboard! Using the whiteboard and PowerPoint versions of games allows for easy customization. Here’s how you play:
First, you’ll want to open PowerPoint and choose from the ready-to-project slides or a slide you have customized with your own sight words. While the students aren’t looking, drag the character behind one of the objects. When your character is hidden, click the “slideshow” button and allow the students to see the slide. Taking turns around the room or group, allow students to guess where the character is hiding by reading the sight word on the object. Once they have chosen a word, click that object and watch it disappear. Keep playing until someone finds the character! Rinse and repeat the process as many times as you wish!
I have bundled together 16 of my favorite Whiteboard Hide and Seek Sight Word Games to last you the entire year! You can personalize the words to fit your particular needs and group of learner!
Check out the Hide and Seek whiteboard game in action right here! ⤵️
Playing Hide and Seek
You can’t go wrong when playing Hide and Seek: Sight Word Edition in your classroom. Students love the pocket chart version of the game and the whiteboard! You can choose the best format for you and your classroom setup.
Here are a few ideas for instruction:
- Use the Hide and Seek sight word games as a morning meeting activity
- Integrate it as a part of a phonics or reading lesson
- Use it as a center and allow students to guide the game
- Play it on a tablet with a small group
- Use during transitional times in the classroom (before or after lunch, after recess, or before dismissal)
Hide and Seek is also an ideal activity for substitutes to use with your class while you are out!
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More Sight Word Activities
If you’re looking for more sight word support, I would love to point you toward some of my favorite resources. With these easy sight word games, you can help your students practice sight words and decoding.
You can also bridge the connection between school and home by helping families learn how to practice sight words with their children. This blog post: Sight Word Activities for Families, contains simple, easy, and fun activities for home!
Finally, if you’re searching for a library of sight word resources to pick from, you can check out my tried and true activities! I have listed my High-Frequency Sight Words Bundle, Halloween Sight Word Activities, Sight Word Poems, Thanksgiving Hide and Seek for letters and sounds and so much more!
Hide and Seek Sight Word Games are an exciting way to engage your students in sight word practice. Whether you use the pocket chart or the whiteboard for Hide and Seek, you’re offering your classroom the chance to combine learning and fun!
If you’re looking for Pocket Chart Sight Word Games that are customizable and hands-on, I have bundled together 15 themed pocket chart games that cover a multitude of holidays and themes! If you prefer to utilize the whiteboard for your Hide and Seek games, you will find 16 ready-to-rock activities that are easily personalized for your classroom of learners!
Do you know what you could never hide, friend? How awesome you are at loving and teaching your students!