Got one of our seriously popular Sea Life Sight Words Bingo Games?  Turn a great buy into a smart investment.

This is our original version. 

This game is perfect for use at home, school readiness or school (in small groups).  But with a little brainstorming, it can also be used as a resource.

We’ve compiled loads of ideas for how you can get the most out of your Sea Life Sight Words Game.

1. Use the game as a standard game of Bingo as prescribed, for up to 4 players.

2. Play the game as a whole class, by dividing the class into groups of 4.  Have the “caller” write the word in large print on the whiteboard, or in our case, on a student size write on/wipe off board.

3. Make duplicates of the caller cards (words) on cardboard or blank playing cards, and play memory or concentration.  Or Make multiple copies of the caller cards to turn it into a game of snap.

4. Place the caller cards in alphabetical order.

5. Place the caller cards in order of length of word (number of letters in the word) eg I, to, the, said, going.

6. Use the caller cards as models for practicing to write high frequency words or make them with magnetic letters or Coko bricks.

7. Use velcro dots or little magnets on the back of the caller cards, and display a word (or words) of the week.

8. Use the caller cards as high frequency flash cards.  Hint: focus on strengths and fun, rather than rote learning.  Set them up to succeed and build confidence by selecting a set of words that they will be able to correctly identify with 95% accuracy – so maybe, just one word that they are yet to learning or are learning.

9. Place the caller cards on the floor face up and ask your child to find the words eg “to” “is” “up”.  You say the word, they find it.  Once again, focus on strengths and fun, so maybe just do this activity with words they know or are learning and perhaps just 5 or 10 words.  Hint: This is an easier task than the child naming the word themselves.

10. When reading a book, choose one of the words from the caller cards and try to find that word in the text as you’re reading.

11. Use the Sea Life counters for fine motor activities.

  • Put them in a bowl of water beads and find them all using your hands.  Or put slime to good use!  You could even grab some sand or coloured rice, shaving foam – loads of ideas to change up the sensory experience.

  • Put one of each sea life counter in a container or bag, and wearing a blindfold, try and identify each counter by touch.  Or use the water beads above, like we did.

  • Use tweezers to sort all the counters according to the type of animal or colour.

12. Use the Sea Life counters for counting and maths activities.

  • Go fishing with a little fish net (from a pet shop) to “catch” as many counters as you can.  Count how many you collected.

  • Use the the Educational Bricks and counters to practice addition.  2 starfish + 5 starfish = ____ starfish

  • Use the counters to practice sequencing. Start with a 2-repeater (eg red, blue, red, blue or turtle, lobster, turtle, lobster) and gradually increase to a 3-repeater (eg red, blue, yellow, red, blue, yellow) and beyond.

  • Line up the counters for talking about position (eg first, last, behind, in front of, next to) and ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th)

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