Sight Words Free Printable – Tic-Tac-Toe

In this activity, children play a traditional Tic-Tac-Toe with the added (little) snag: they must read a sight word correctly before they can place an X or O on the game board. Here, the goal is to encourage children to read sight words quickly while building confidence through repetition.

  Sight words promote confidence and promote reading comprehension.

The setup is pretty easy. Put the Tic-Tac-Toe game board between the two players. Shuffle the flashcards and put them in a face-down stack next to the board. Decide which player uses the X markers and who is using the O markers. Flip a coin to decide who will go first.

The first player draws a card from the stack and reads the word out loud. If he can’t read the word correctly within a few seconds, reinforce the correct word.

Once he has correctly read the word, he can put a marker on one of the squares of the game board. Then it is the other player’s turn. If you (the adult) are the other player, ask the child to “help” you read the word on the card you draw.

Keep taking turns until one person makes a row of three markers on the board — vertically, horizontally, or diagonally — or until all the squares are filled with no one getting three in a row.


  • Challenge children to read the words faster after they get used to the words.
  • Add this exercise after children practice sight words on LetterSchool App. They will love it!