1. Overview

Sight Words Book Land is a twist on the ever-popular Candy Land board game, incorporating some reading into the game play. The game gives children many opportunities for sight words repetition, while the board game format keeps it fun and engaging.

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Sight Words Book Land

This game works best with children that are already familiar with the Candy Land game. Trying to learn both the game and the words at the same time can be too much, particularly for younger children.

The game is most fun when played in a small group of 2-4 players, but a child can also play the game by himself. As a bonus, younger (non-reading) siblings can play along as well. They simply move according to the colored dots on the cards, without having to read the sight words.

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2. Materials

The game requires just a few basic items: a game board, cards, and game pieces.

  • Book Land Board
  • Book Land Cards
  • Color Printer
  • Cardstock paper (approximately 110 lb / 200 gsm)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Game Pieces (checkers, coins, blocks, etc.)

To make the Book Land board, print out a Book Land board on four sheets of cardstock paper. Trim the edges off the four sheets and tape them together with clear tape. Using tape allows the board to be folded for easy storage in your sight words file when not in use.

For the cards, either select one of the template files below, or use the Book Land Card Creator to create your own customized set of cards. Print onto cardstock paper and cut along the dotted lines.

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3. Activity

Play the game as you would regularly play Candy Land. Once you’ve cut out the cards, shuffle them and place them in a face-down stack. The players begin by placing their game pieces on the START arrow. The first player picks a card from the stack and has to read the sight word printed on the card. If they don’t know a word or can’t say the word in less than 10 seconds, then their turn stops and we do a quick correction to help them learn the word.

Video: How to Play Sight Words Book Land

Once the player has read the word correctly, they can move their game piece forward according to the colored dots on the card. For example: if the card has one green dot, move your game piece forward on the path to the first green dot you encounter. If the card has two blue dots, move your piece forward past the first blue dot to the second blue dot you come across on the path. Then the next player picks a card and takes their turn.

The game finishes when all the players get to the FINISH square, with the first player to the end being declared the winner. You do not have to land exactly on the last colored dot to finish the game.

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4. Printable Game Board and Card Templates

You can use the same game board every time you play Book Land, and simply print out new sets of cards as your child’s reading skills improve. One set contains 54 cards. If you select a word list with fewer than 54 words, some words will simply be repeated.

4.1 Custom Book Land Cards

Use the Sight Words Book Land Card Creator to create your own custom set of cards. This generator lets you select from both existing sight words lists (e.g., Dolch & Fry) as well as allowing you to add custom words (e.g., current vocabulary words, names, etc.).

To download a template, right-click and select Save As.

These Book Land boards and cards are provided under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Basically, you are permitted complete license to use the resources, provided you leave the attribution hallmark (our logo) on the resources. We would be happy to see the materials used in the classroom, in the home, as part of your tutoring business, or however you see fit. You do not need to contact us for permission to use the materials. We want you to use them!

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12 Responses to “Sight Words Book Land”

  1. Abeer Ahmed Wafa

    Thank you very much. These resources are just what I have been looking for

  2. Carmen Sanchez

    This is wonderful! Thank you very much for this!!!

  3. Gail

    I changed this up just a bit for one of my students. She could read the words, she had difficulty spelling the words when writing sentences or paragraphs. So I put the words she had trouble with on the cards. I drew the card, asked her the word, she had to spell it for me. If she was correct, she could move the number of colors indicated. If she was incorrect, she had to copy the word on paper and stay where she was on the board. This has worked out very well for her.

    I also ended up re-purposing my daughter’s “Dora the Explorer” version of this popular game. Now I am going to try the same thing with some students that need help with their spelling! Thank you for the idea!!

  4. Becky

    Thanks for sharing, what a cool idea. I think my kids will love it.
    Thank you very much.

  5. Sharnita Henderson

    I soooooo love this site! What an awesome game for our classroom.

  6. Heba

    How can I print the board?

    ADMIN – Hi Heba,

    Download the Board PDF on this page. You should be able to print from there.

  7. Lyn

    I really love the game boards! Thank you for creating these. Hope my pupils will enjoy them…

  8. Zane William

    This is a wonderful game. My second-grade student that I tutored in reading loves to play the game. He wanted to incorporate the pictures on the board in the game. We made a stack of cards with words naming things that could be found at each location. The stack is placed face down. Whenever he landed at a location he must read the sign and draw a card from the stack. If he draws a card that appropriately names something that could be found at the location and reads the name correctly, he gets to make another move based on the color of his last move. He then stacks the card at the location. If he draws a card that does not name something that could be found at the location or if he cannot read the name correctly, I then read the card for him, he puts the card at the bottom of the pile and waits for his next turn. Any other ideas for incorporating the pictures?

  9. Alyssa

    I can’t wait to use these game boards with my second graders. Thank you for saving me oodles of time!!

  10. Regina Mize

    Thank You so much. I use this when I pull students who need a little more help with reading. What a great idea. Also thanks Gail for yours as well.

  11. Tina Garris

    Thank you so much for this wonderful resource!

  12. Pat Akers

    We use the Sight Word Bingo in our Read To Succeed Program at the local library. We are introducing Book Land this week. I notice that only 54 words are used in each of the Fry 100 Words sets.. Is there a way to use all the 100 words or to make another set like we can with the Bingo?
    Thanks for these great activities. They make Sight Word practice so much fun for our 2nd and 3rd graders.


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