On the Shelves Snapshot: Practising Sight Words with Loose Parts

Sight Words Activities with Spielgaben - An Everyday Story

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This week’s On the Shelves Snapshot is another literacy activity for practising sight words. This activity uses our sight word cards, a blank piece of lined card for writing and some lines, curves and dots from our Spielgaben set. Here’s a picture on Instagram of Jack working with this activity.

[Jack and Sarah use these activities during our Self-directed Explorations time. You can read more about that here.]

Jack is not an avid writer but he likes to build and create patterns with loose parts so this activity suits him well. I have noticed too that working with sight words has really helped his confidence with reading.

Spielgaben is an incredible set of materials. If you don’t have a set, you could use other loose parts like matchsticks or sticks, round wood chips for the circles and cut pieces of wire or pipe-cleaners for the curves (I’m trying to think of a natural material for the curves but am running a blank at the moment, any ideas?)

If you’ve been thinking about investing in a Spielgaben set, you can get an 11% discount off the retail price. Just email info@spielgaben.com mentioning An Everyday Story and they’ll send you a discount code. We use ours a lot for maths and are starting to use it more for language…and soon, music, which I am excited about.


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11 Replies to “On the Shelves Snapshot: Practising Sight Words with Loose Parts”

  1. How gorgeous are these pieces! I LOVE them. I can just imagine all the things you could do with those. I’ll have to have a look at the rest of the set.

    1. So gorgeous, aren’t they? 🙂 I was a little overwhelmed when we first got it – there’s so many pieces and I didn’t quite know where to start! – but now we use it all the time! It’s wonderful.

  2. Oooh Spielgaben! If it was physically possible, we would’ve had one ages ago, but they don’t deliver to South Africa.??? All their materials just looks like so much fun.
    What a good idea to build sight words – you don’t get more hands on than that!

    1. Oh no 🙁 🙁 It is such an incredible set.

  3. Lydia purple says:

    I suppose one could bend wicker or twigs into the curves (wet, bend inside a bowl or something that’ll keep it in shape and let dry) or if that’s to much hassle if one has an old wicker basket that has rounded pieces (maybe even a braided round handle) one could cut that apart into curved pieces….

    1. Oh yeah, wicker could work. It’s tricky trying to think of something curved, isn’t it? I couldn’t come up with anything. I remember unthreading a handle off a basket I bought at a garage sale, now that you mention it, which had curved cane. That could be good.

  4. Hi Kate,

    Because it popped up in the snapshot I went back and read the original spielgaben review. At the time you said that Jack was the most interested in the activities it had to offer. I was wondering has that level of interest evened out as Sarah has got older or would Jack still be the child who gravitates to these activities the majority of the time.

    Kind Regards

    1. Great question 🙂 Yes, absolutely at the time, Jack used it the most but now that Sarah is older, she uses it just as much as he does. They both play with it for the loose parts and in their pretend play and I use it a lot in our homeschool. Jack still likes to build and so will choose these types of activities often – usually first up. But Sarah really likes making pictures with the pieces too so will choose those – like the frog lifecycle I had in a post recently. Today she chose a fraction activity which used the blocks and Jack chose another Ancient Egypt one – both of them used Spielgaben pieces.

  5. Oh, how I love the materials! My daughter also loves to make things (making letters and numbers with loose parts), so these materials will be so great for her.

    By the way, I was wondering if you are still using Christopherus curriculum with your children. If so, how do you like it?

    1. Oops, I just saw a post you talked about the curriculum recently. 🙂

    2. Yeah, I decided not to continue with the Christopherus curriculum. I know it is really loved by a lot of homeschool families but it didn’t suit Jack’s style of learning.

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