Pumpkin SMASH Sight Word Game Kids Will Love!


Make learning to read and memorize sight words fun by playing games!  With pumpkins in season, play this messy and fun sight word game.  This Pumpkin Smash Sight Word Game is perfect for preschoolers, Kindergartners and 1st graders working to build fluency.

pumpkin smash sight word game

Get ready for some messy fun... and learn, too!

Print this pumpkin template, laminate, cut out, and write sight words or whatever it is your kiddo is working on now.

"Borrow" your hubby's shaving cream (sorry, honey!) and put dobs of shaving cream on your table and place the pumpkins, every-so-lightly, on top for this super fun sight word game.  My son did all the smashing, but we both were just a laughing as shaving cream flew everywhere!

Sight Word Game


** Oh, and make sure you are in an area of your house that can easily be cleaned... i.e. not on your carpet!

** Rather not use shaving cream?  Use small balls of play dough instead!  Or for an edible version, use whip cream! 

How To Play Sight Word Pumpkin Smash Game

Prep this sight word game by printing out and laminating pumpkin templates.  With a dry erase marker, write a sight word on each pumpkin.

Spray small dollops of shaving cream all over your playing surface.  

Place the sight word pumpkins lightly on top.

Now you are ready to making learning to read oh so fun! ?!?

Call out a word on one of the pumpkins and when your child finds it, have your him/her SMASH it!

sight word game

The more shaving cream you use, the messier (and more fun) it will be.

We did this a couple of times and shaving cream has been added to our grocery list!

If your child is not ready to read yet, enjoy these Pumpkin Smash Game Variations:

  • letters
  • numbers
  • shapes

sight word game

Looking for more Sight Word Games? Try these! 


  1. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! That is so clever!! My reluctant reading son would think this is great fun. Thanks so much for sharing! I would love for you to come link up at http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/search/label/Linkey%20Parties.

  2. Oh my goodness. I LOVE this. Great idea! :) Ami

  3. Just found this through Living Life Intentionally Linky Party... so cool! Thanks you for this wonderful idea!!Seriously!

  4. Hopping over from LLI linky Party & am so glad I did - love this idea! Super! Did you enter to win the Scrapbook softare over there too? Anyway, glad to have found this idea.

  5. Thanks for linking up to Living Life Intentionally Linky Party. Sorry I deleted an early entry, my son started "typing" for me =-)

  6. This is SUCH a good idea!! My kids would love the mess part!!

  7. Love this! Can't wait to give it a try! =)

  8. Oooooh this looks like great fun for a little boy!!! LOL

  9. I featured this way fun & creative Pumpin Smash at TGIF Linky Party this week! http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/2011/11/tgif-linky-party-4.html
    Feel free to stop over & grab an I was featured button! I can't wait to see what you link up this week!
    Beth =-)

  10. This is SO cool! I'm going to do it with Annabelle in the next couple weeks. Thank you for sharing! :)

  11. What a great idea!! I'm always looking for ideas for learning sight words. Stopped by from TGIF Linky party. I am now your newest follower :)

  12. How fun is this!! Great way to practice sight words! Thanks so much for linking up to Discover & Explore!


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