I have loved all the reading scavenger hunts that I have seen all over Pinterest. Whether it be for specific words, letters of the alphabet, or sight words, getting kids up and moving while still learning something is a fantastic use of their energy! Regular classrooms could do a scavenger hunt as a read the room activity, homeschoolers could get a bit of fresh air. I’ve been planning to do one with Jaida for a while and her obsession with squirrels provided the perfect amount of interest to get her excited to do a little bit of reading. This sight word scavenger hunt was very well received!

fall acorn sight word scavenger hunt sight word activity for kindergarten

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Materials for the Fall Acorn Sight Word Scavenger Hunt

  • Paper
  • Laminating Materials
  • Paper Cutter

As part of the prep for this activity, I got my 10 year old involved. She was very excited to be able to “hide” the words for Jaida. I did have to remind her not to put them too high up in the tree though (hehe!), since Jaida would need to actually be able to write the words after she found them.

I included all of the pre-primer Dolch sight words in the activity, but we didn’t use them all at one time. We picked out ten which seemed to be the perfect number for her attention span.

With each word that she found, she wrote it out on the laminated recording sheet. I had laminated it because I knew that we would want to repeat the activity a few more times and didn’t want to print a bunch of copies just to throw them away. You could also slip the paper into a page protector and get the same reusable result.

Writing the sight words

The activity was apparently so fun that my 3 year old wanted in on the action. Jaida had gotten tired of the squirrel mask, so the second she took it off Shiloh was waiting right beside her to take it.

 fun squirrel mask

Not only did Jaida have the opportunity to practice her sight word skills, which have been greatly improving over the last few weeks, she also got some fresh air, exercise, and sensory input.

She especially loved reaching up into the tree and reaching into the bushes.

girl in squirrel mask

We’ll definitely be doing this a few more times before the weather gets too cold.

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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