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Squishing Sight Words: a fun hands-on learning activity

Squishing Sight Words: a fun hands-on learning activity
Practicing sight words can get to be a bit of a bore when you just repeat them each day. Squishing them gave us some relief from our repetition and was a great hands-on, or in our case feet-on, way for kids to practice sight words! 

Hands-on Ssight Words Practice

Bake Some Cotton Balls to Squish

  • Flour
  • Water
  • Food Coloring
  • Cotton Balls

We started with the baked cotton ball recipe from Play, Create, Explore. I doubled the recipe to make sure I had enough, and I had more then enough! So I started with 2 C of flour and 2 C of water mixed together.

 Then I added some food coloring (pink and purple, so each girls could have her own).

Then I dipped the cotton balls and placed them on greased cookie sheets.

Much prettier then any candy I make!

I baked them at 300 degrees for 1 hour.  Once they were cool, I used a sharpie to write some of the girls sight words on them.

Now Squish the Sight Words for Active Learning

 I started the girls out with toy hammers for them to hit the cotton balls with when I called out a word.  They quickly found that it was easier to squish them with their feet or hands,

And we kept going until they were all squished!

Then I had the girls tell me the words as they picked them up and squished them again.   By this time Eli was awake so he could play with his. He tried squishing a few, but quickly decided they were more fun to eat! ICK! He also liked trying to tear the soft insides out.

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