Sight Words Sensory Bin

Whether you’re introducing sight words or reviewing them, this sight words sensory bin is a great hands-on activity for preschool and kindergarten.

It’s important to teach sight words to beginning readers. The more words they can recognize on sight, the more confidence they’ll have when they pick up a book to read.

When you provide hands-on activities, you give kids an opportunity to learn or review concepts in a multi-sensory way.

Sight Words Sensory Bin

This sight words sensory bin allows your young readers to see, build, and stamp the words they’re learning or reviewing.

With just a few supplies, you’ll be all set in no time! Kids will want to play with this sensory bin over and over again.

What You’ll Need

Printable sight word list (download here)

Scissors or paper cutter

A plastic storage container with a resealable lid

Dry play sand

Alphabet beads or magnets

Alphabet Stampers (I used Playdoh’s Shape and Learn Letters Stamps)

Optional: Laminator

Setting up the sensory bin

To set up this sensory bin, fill a plastic storage container with dry sand.

Next, print the sight word list. You can laminate the sight words if you’d like. This will allow you to use them over and over again.

Cut the words out. I like to use a paper cutter. It’s so much faster than scissors.

Now, bury the sight words in the sand. Sprinkle some alphabet beads or magnets into the bin. Set out some alphabet stamps.

How to Use the Sensory Bin

After setting up the sensory bin, invite your child to dig for sight words. Have them build the words they find with alphabet beads or magnets. Then, have them stamp the words in the sand.

Repetition is key when it comes to learning to read. Kids will love using this sensory bin over and over again!

When playtime is over, close the container for future use. For even more sight word practice, your kids might enjoy these sight word coloring pages.

When you’re finished with this fun sensory bin, extend the learning outdoors with a fun chalk sight word game that is sure to engage your little ones.

Sight Words Readers

Fill your book basket with a great collection of sight words readers. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.

If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.

Learn to Read: Sight Words Storybook: 25 Simple Stories & Activities for Beginner ReadersBob Books Sight Words: KindergartenSight Word Tales: 25 Read-Aloud Storybooks That Target & Teach the Top 100 Sight Words


Sight Words Storybook –  Learn to Read: Sight Words Storybook contains 25 cute stories and fun activities that feature 50 of the most common sight words.

Bob Books: Sight Words Kindergarten – With plenty of repetition and context clues, your young reader will quickly master early sight words with Bob Books Sight Words – Kindergarten.

Sight Word Tales – Jumpstart reading success with these lively titles that systematically teach the top 100 sight words!

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