Remember MadLibs, those fun word games you would play on road trips or in waiting rooms? It occurred to me that there must be a way to turn them into sight word practice. I had my "Aha!" moment and got to work.
I first tried making dice from tissue boxes, wrapping one in wrapping paper with the blank side out, and leaving the second one blank because...well, I got lazy (full confession!). Then I wrote nouns on one of the "dice" and adjectives on another. (Kay helped.)
Then I wrote simple sentences on a big piece of paper and hung it on the wall. "Kay is ____________ and ___________" or "Daddy's _______________ ___________________ is ________________." The more potential for silliness the better!
When it came time to play, I skipped over a description of what nouns or adjectives are (she's still a bit young for that) and left it at "nouns are things" and just called the adjectives "descriptions" (big word, that!). When she rolled a word, she would write it on the line and then read the (often very silly) results with glee.
She had a blast! With sentences like "Mommy is funny and hairy" what's not to love? She asks to play this game often now, so I keep changing the words to keep it fresh.
I tried it with mini craft sticks, too, but she much prefered the dice version. If learning words were always this much fun, all kids would love to learn to read!