Have you ever wanted to make learning fun and to use hands-on ideas to teach your preschoolers the different concepts they need to master? That is what #PlayfulPreschool is all about. This week’s theme is PONDS and I chose to create a sight word game for my daughter J so that she can have fun while learning.  I will share with you how we created our game as well as how easily adaptable it can be for other concepts as well. Let’s walk.

Jello pond dive a sight word recognition game


When we hear the word pond, we think of frogs and dragonflies as well as lily pads and lotuses and so I used these thoughts to create her first ever JELLO POND DIVE SIGHT WORD GAME! I wanted to make it as hands on and sensory as possible as my daughter is a serious sensory seeker.

If your preschooler is not learning sight words as yet, this activity can easily be adapted for learning the letters of the alphabet as well. Simply switch out the sight words with specific letters that you would like them to focus on or review.



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1) Grab your container and mix the boxes of jello according to the instructions given on the box.

Jello pond sight word game. A fun sight word game for preschool pond theme

2) Take your foam lily pad leaves and write one sight word to each leaf. If you do not have pre-made leaves, simply cut out a lily pad on a few foam sheets.  For this exercise, we chose 5 sight words to work on.

3) Give your preschooler the tongs and tell them to remove a lily pad and read what it says.

Jello pond dive a sight word recognition game


4) For every correct reading, they get to colour a leaf on their lily pad sight word dot chart. The aim is to make it across the pond as quickly as possible.

Jello pond dive a sight word recognition game


Here it is in use. We slipped the printable in a protective sheet and coloured with a dry erase marker.



Jello pond dive a sight word recognition game


I hope you and your preschooler will enjoy our jello dive and remember if sight words are too advanced, simply switch the sight words with letters of the alphabet. Don’t forget to check out these other pond activities.


 Other Pond Activities

Frog Pond Alphabet Activity by Mom Inspired Life
Wax Resist Pond Art  by Rainy Day Mum
Pond Life Chalk Art from Tiny Tots Adventures

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