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Sight Words Ninja

  • iPad, iPhone
  • Paid
  • age 5+

About Sight Words Ninja

This fast-moving, engaging app builds automaticity and fluency by challenging the user to match spoken words with written words that fly up from below. Players listen to words and use their fingertips to ‘slice’ through the corresponding word before it flies out of frame.

Teacher Review

For kids that can’t get enough Fruit Ninja, this app brings that slicing and chopping action to the world of sight words. Adults can customize the word lists and how they’re presented to provide a personalized learning experience.

You can choose the standard app for Dolch list students, or alternatively download the Fry Words Ninja version. Parents can also custom record each word with your own voice. 

Occasionally a word never completely arrives in the frame, defeating the purpose of recognizing whole words on sight. Also, there is little necessary thought involved to earn points, and no clear consequence for slicing an incorrect match.  There are times when the sound does not work, and the app must be restarted a few times to work correctly. Most primary aged children will not have the patience for constant restarts.

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App Details

Teacher Ratings


iPad, iPhone


Academic Relevance


In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No


Innovative Investments Limited

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Publisher's Description

"A great way to give parents a break and let your kid have fun and learn to read at the same time." - Jen, Kindergarten teacher and mom of three.

I have a confession to make. My son's favorite game was Fruit Ninja and I was getting increasingly frustrated with having my son waste a lot of time on a fun but mindless game while he was still struggling to master his sight words and learning to read.

So I decided to create our very own Sight Words slicing game and to my and my son's delight, he now has a new favorite game where he is having fun and learning at the same time.

My sons skills in recognizing Sight Words have dramatically improved since he started playing this game and now I no longer have to feel guilty when I need a five minute break to take care of the laundry or prepare lunch for the kids. I know that they are having fun and that they are learning at the same time.

Warning: Your child will keep begging for your iPhone or iPad after they try this app.

Sight Words Ninja is an exciting educational game that helps kids rapidly learn sight words by sight, sound, and touch.

The interface is so easy to use that even a 9 month old baby will delight in using this app.


• Slice your way through all sights words from preschool to grade 3

• You decide what to focus on - turn individual categories ON or OFF from the settings page

• Learn by sight, sound, and touch

• Fun game play, sounds, and animations keep kids engaged

• Dynamic game play adjusts difficulty (the number of sight words) automatically based on player skills to keep kids both challenged and entertained vs. getting bored

• Supports 3 difficulty settings: EASY, MEDIUM, or HARD

- Max 1 sight word
- Sight words move very slowly
- Great for introducing sight words one at a time

- Starts with 1 sight word
- Max of 3 sight words on screen
- Sight words move 30% faster

- Starts with 2 sight words
- Max of 5 sight words on screen
- Sight words move even faster
- Sight words rotate faster too

Adjust difficulty from settings page.

• Wrong answers do not interfere with gameplay, the child can immediately try again and slice the correct answer (most other games are too slow to keep kids interested by interrupting the gameplay and slowly repeating the desired question)

• Play Sight Words from A to Z or in random order (adjustable from settings page)

• Multi-sensory learning tool - combining audio, voice, and touch

• Want to work on just a few Sight Words? No problem… head to the settings page to turn entire categories or individual Sight Words on and off

• Want to record your own audios? No problem. Just click on the category and record your own Sight Words sounds

• Supports three levels of difficulty


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