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10 Best Sight Words Apps to help your children

Sight words aren’t always an easy hurdle for kids to clear. Fun sight word apps (many free) are perfect for beginning readers to practice high frequency sight words on any iOS or Android device. These sight word games are designed to help your kids perfect reading, saying, and memorizing sight words.

Key to sight word learning is repetition, and our selection of apps makes learning the same words interesting through a variety of different exercises. To help keep your children engaged and motivated during their sight word practice, these apps can be used in school by the teacher, teaching assistant, children working together or parents at home wishing to support their children’s learning. 

Learning sight words is one of the first steps that a child needs to take on their learning to read journey. Sight word games are one of the most effective ways to teach children how to automatically identify these words, making learning fun and motivational, and therefore all the more effective.

The lessons within these best sight word apps help students build strong sight word identification skills, improve comprehension and fluency with rainbow writing, tracing and printing, word building, word pyramids, word blending, missing letters, and a variety of word and letter puzzles. 

Here is the list of apps for teaching sight words for children in reception, kindergarten and subsequent years.

Reading Eggs

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Reading Eggs will help your child recognise and learn sight words while playing a fun game that will keep them engaged for many hours. This app recognises the important link between children learning sight words and becoming fluent and efficient readers. Many of the free sight word activities within this app aim to develop a child’s bank of known sight words so that they can automatically recall them at sight. The sight words that children learn in this free app feature in the storybooks and non-fiction titles, helping them to apply their knowledge to the actual act of reading.

This app provides a variety of games for reinforcing identification of sight words. The lessons provide the perfect way for children to build their vocabulary of critical sight words. At the end of each lesson, children are asked to read an e-book, allowing them to apply their knowledge of sight words to meaningful text. It can be used as an app or on desktop.

Price: Free

Sprout Words provides a fun way that will assist your children or students to learn and recognise essential sight words. Each word is introduced one at a time and children carry out a varied set of tasks to develop their familiarity with the words. This app can help your child to learn to read the most common English-language words. Activities within the app are short, sharp and to the point, captivating the child’s attention, with colourful, child friendly graphics.

Sight Words - Learning Games (Pro)

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Sight Words: Reading Games app has been designed to help children, who already have a grasp of reading, the ability to learn sight words in a fun and interactive way. This app includes 6 different sight word games. The app provides a fun way to practice recognizing and spelling over 300 words from the Dolch sight words list. 

The application offers 5 levels: Pre School, Kindergarten, first grade, second grade and third grade.

Price: $0.99

Teach Your Monster to Read

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Teach your Monsters to Read have developed automaticity with 100 sight words in a pop-up game. The app covers a mix of the first 100 high frequency words that children need to learn by sight. The app features a new vast variety of Sighty characters and helps with recognition and automaticity.

The game is split into 3 levels. The reception class use the first game in the series, First Steps which is an introduction to the letter sounds, high-frequency words and also includes simple blending and segmenting practice. Year 1 students progress on to the harder levels and begin to practise sentences, learn further graphemes and phonemes and also tricky words. 

Price: Free

Pocket Sight Words

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

This free sight word app utilises the idea of flashcards and embraces technology to help young children learn sight words. By enhancing the idea of flashcards through using the ability of a device to read out words and help with comprehension this app really gives young children the ability to compound their knowledge of reading through sight words whilst challenging themselves within the game based element of the app.

Through the app, children are exposed to 44 different sight word lists which is a total of 220 words. Children work their way through each list in sequential order and unlock the next list by completing the one they are on. 

Price: Free

Sight Words Sentence Builder

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Sight Words Sentence Builder is an engaging app, in which children work on assembling sentences, using Sight Words. In this app, children can choose from the classic theme, a train theme, or a princess theme to make the app more fun to play.  Sight Words Sentence Builder is fun, simple to use and easy to navigate. It can be used to help children practise reading words and rearranging them to create sentences. The app has different levels of difficulty and can be used with students in Key Stages 1 and 2.

Parents need to know that the Sentence Builder App is suitable for children aged 6 to 8 and helps children develop word recognition, listening, and sentence skills. It presents words in random order, then asks the child to drag the words into place to make the narrated sentence.

Price: $7.99

Sight Words Adventure

( iPhone, iPad )

Sight Words - An early reading and spelling adventure has 320 featured sight words that appear in the games. Activities include reading games, such as popping the balloon that holds the target word, writing games such as guiding a bear through a maze to collect letters in the correct order, and a hide-and-seek game with the host kangaroo. Kids start at Level 1 (which roughly corresponds to pre-K level words) and progress through up to Level 5 (roughly corresponding to third grade), though they can move to a different level at any time. Parents can create multiple kid profiles, keep track of progress, add words, and download the full curriculum.

Kids can learn to read three letter words, spell a sizeable collection of the most commonly used sight words and also work on speed and fluency as they quickly identify the target word. 

Price: $2.99

Developed in cooperation with educational specialists, Action Sight Words Games helps children to become confident readers by teaching them in a fun, interactive way high-frequency words from the popular Dolch Sight Words List.

This free sight word app has six educational games with 220 sight words from the popular Dolch list. The app allows the children to practice in the Flash Card mode. It will allow them to list through the words and tap on the cards to hear the words pronounced again and again.

Price: Free

Sight Words Superhero is a child-friendly app that helps students get familiar with sight words. Through playing games and 'fighting' against the witch and her monsters who have stolen all the words from all of the books the user must listen to the voice read out the words that they need to 'free'. 

Specific sight words can also be selected to focus on in the app if the user requires a more personalised learning experience. The games are simple but look really nice and are engaging for students.

Price: $3.99

Sight Words Coach

( iPhone, iPad )

Sight words coach helps children practice commonly read words, also known as sight words. The collection of sight words games gives children opportunities to practice their sight words and build toward mastery while also keeping them engaged and having fun. Plus practicing sight words in this game format is engaging and encouraging to students to become sight word masters.

Price: Free

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. This app is so simple but so perfect to practice sight words and letter sounds.

Price: $1.99