Another game that’s educational, entertaining and thought provoking is sight word sudoku. It will certainly reinforce the letters contained in each sight word since a child will need to check 12 times (vertical, horizontal and then each box) to make sure each letter was used only one time.
Unfortunately, only certain sight words lend themselves to this activity. Given the age of the average child who is developing a sight word vocabulary, the four – letter sight words are ideal. Sudoku can also be played with six and nine-letter words which are not as common as the four letter sight words.
Create Sudoku Using Sight Words
This is another activity that can be created with ease – all you need is a pencil and piece of paper. Being somewhat intelligence also helps. You can create your own puzzles or use our templates below. If you create your own, use our templates to position the letters so the puzzle can be solved.
Sudoku Sight Words Using 4-letters
The following four-letter sight words are ideal to use when creating a sudoku puzzle. Remember to use sight words that have four unique letters. Do not use sight words that contain duplicate letters, e.g., look, here, will, away & that. Click on a sight word below to obtain a PDF containing a sudoku puzzle.
The above four-letter words were selected because these words were included on 2 lists – our kindergarten list as well as Dolch’s easier sight words list. We also compared the list to Fry’s most common English words as well as those words most used in a student’s writing in kindergarten through second grade.
Sudoku Sight Words Using 6-letters
At a quick glance, we identified several 6-letter sight words but unfortunately, most contained duplicate letters, e.g. before, better, pretty, funny, always, please, little and yellow. However, two words could be used to create a six-letter sudoku puzzle – around & myself. We did not find any 9-letter sight words.
Reading a book before or after playing sudoku helps reinforce sight words. For example, after completing the LIKE sudoku puzzle, read Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham which is filled with sight words including the word, like. Playing sight word games assists a child in developing a sight word vocabulary.