I’m always looking for ways to make learning fun for my girls and recently I had a slight epiphany when I was cleaning their bath tub the other day. If you’re familiar with bath toys, then you most likely have these foam character/letters/numbers “toys” that stick to the tile during bath time. I was picking them up recently and wondered if there was a way to make my own, but perhaps make them more educational.
After all, bath time is usually fun for kids and mine in particular absorbs everything at that hour. Not sure if it’s a recharge, but somehow my oldest seems to run around after her bath with a draped towel screaming, “Superhero to the rescue!”
But, that’s besides the point.
Sight words are commonly used words that young children memorize by sight, so that they can automatically recognize these words in print without having to use any strategies to decode. Remember when you were in elementary school and you always saw printed words all over the classroom? Those are sight words. And it’s a great introduction to help your children read!
You don’t have to make them bilingual, but in our house, we make a point to speak in Spanish. It’s important for us she understands the language in every way. And that includes reading and writing.
The reason why this activity works great for us is because after bath time, we always read before bedtime. My husband happens to do the bedtime routine every night with the girls so I thought it would be fun for him and our oldest to do.
Did I also mention it’s REALLY inexpensive too? I bought my foam board from Amazon and it was the perfect size for what I wanted.
I decided on a fish shape because it was easy to draw, but you can do anything! You don’t even have to cut them actually.
But what’s the fun in that?
My oldest practiced her cutting skills while I worked on this activity
My grandmother was visiting at the time so Pituchi was more than happy to show her finished product…
Once I cut all of them, I stacked them up and got ready to write words.
Here’s the deal. Use a dark permanent marker! This is so the ink doesn’t rub off in the water. On one side I wrote English sight words and on the other side I wrote Spanish sight words.
These stick VERY easily to the tile…I think you might be surprised actually. All you have to do is run them through water or dunk them in water…
…and stick to the tile!
She was so excited for this activity! I can’t even begin to explain how much she loved repeating the words and flipping them over to say them in Spanish.
It’s such a simple activity to do with your kids and a fun way for them to learn how to read.
In my book, that’s a home run.