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16 Ways to Make Practice Sheets Fun

Practice Sheets are a key part of the All About Reading program, and for good reason: they help kids develop fluency, which is the ability to read smoothly, accurately, and with expression. In fact, many of you call them “fluency sheets” because they are so helpful in guiding students toward fluency.

But as helpful as Practice Sheets are, they aren’t necessarily the most exciting component of the reading lessons. If you’re looking for ways to spice them up, we’ve got you covered! Download this collection of activities and sample Practice Sheets and then read on!

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16 Games and Activities for Practice Sheets

Ready to have some fun and build fluency at the same time? There’s no shortage of ideas here…just pick an activity and give it a try!

Cartoon monster

Feed the monster. Print and cut out the monster (page 7 or 10) and the appropriate Practice Sheets from the download. Have your child read each strip and then feed them to the monster. For a fun alternative, check out our adorable Feed the Puppy game.

Game dice

Number the rows of words and sentences on the Practice Sheets from 1 to 6, repeating the numbers as necessary. If your child rolls a 2, he reads the words in the rows you marked with the number 2. If he rolls a 3, he reads the words in the rows you marked with the number 3.

Mother and son buddy reading together

Read with a buddy. Take turns reading lines on the Practice Sheets with your student. Learn more about how buddy reading can help your child in this blog post.

Package of dot stickers

Use sticker dots to reduce your student’s frustration. Break up the Practice Sheets into more manageable chunks using sticker dots to create a “starting dot” and a “stopping dot.”

Magnifying glass over a word

Play hide-and-seek with words and sentences. Cut up the Practice Sheets and hide the pieces around the room. When your child finds one of the pieces, he has to read it before searching for the next piece.

Colorful ABC letters

Choose a letter and have your student search for and read only the words, phrases, or sentences that begin with (or contain) that particular letter.

Splat graphic

Play Swat the Words. Print and cut out the splat graphic from page 9 or 12 on the download. Attach the splat graphic to a new flyswatter, a plastic ruler, or even just your student’s hand. Cut out words from the Practice Sheet and lay them on the table. Have your student find and swat each word as you read it out loud.

Covering a practice sheet with a strip of paper

Break up the Practice Sheet by covering it with a piece of paper, making the page seem less overwhelming for your child. Slide the paper down to uncover one line or section at a time.

Yellow and green highlighters

Make progress more concrete. Allow your student to track his progress using colored highlighters or fun stickers. Simply have him mark the words or sentences as he reads them.

Hopscotch game board

Play Fluency Hopscotch. Write fluency words in each square of a hopscotch grid. Gather a different marker for each student, such as a beanbag, stone, or bottle cap. Follow standard hopscotch rules, but when the student stops to pick up his marker, he reads the word(s).

Stack of snowballs

Play Fluency Snowball Fight. Cut the Practice Sheets into strips and tape them to the wall. Have your child read the words. After each strip is read correctly, have your child stand back and throw a snowball at the strip! Use Ping-Pong balls, Nerf balls, styrofoam balls, or even crumpled paper as snowballs.

Word search

Use an online word search puzzle maker to create your own word search puzzle using your child’s fluency words. Have her read the words as she finds them.

Car

Make a word road. Cut the Practice Sheets into strips. Place the strips end to end on a long table or on the floor to make a road. Have your student drive a matchbox car over the words as he reads them.

Illustrated cat

Illustrate the words. Select a few words from the Practice Sheets and have your student draw a picture for each one. For even more fun, ask your child to make a collage of the words and pictures.

Open book with pen and illustration

Silly sentences. Have your student read a word from the Practice Sheet and make up a silly sentence using the word. Have a contest to see who can make the other players laugh first.

Happy and sad emojis

Have fun with emotions! Cut out the emojis from page 9 or 12 on the download. Put the emojis in a basket. Cut the Practice Sheets into strips and put those in another basket. Have your student pick a strip from one basket and an emoji from the other basket. Now ham it up by reading the word using the selected emotion.


What is your child’s favorite way to use the Practice Sheets? Let me know in the comments below!

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Laura

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Thank you! I’ve been trying to figure out how to make practicing more fun.

Jessica

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How am I just finding this post? Bless you for sharing these ideas!

My son, who is in first grade, is a huge lover of books.. as long as someone else is doing the reading. He’s struggling, but is making steady progress. I try hard to incorporate the Ziggy games into our lessons as often as possible, and offer tons of praise when he’s working so hard to decode words. I try to keep things lighthearted and fun.

But ultimately, he needs to see and read a lot of words to achieve automaticity and fluency. And he hates reading practice with a fiery passion….. Sigh. I’m going to try these strategies to break up the monotony of our routine and offer some motivation. Thank you!

Robin E.

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You are very welcome, Jessica. It sounds like you are definitely on the right path to helping your son have full success with reading!

One thing I found helpful for my struggling child with the fluency practice sheets that isn’t mentioned here is to spend just 3 or so minutes reading from a sheet every day. Something about doing just a little each day helped her to focus better and also to be less resistant. It was as if making it a daily thing (5 days a week) made it like brushing her teeth or taking out the trash. It wasn’t fun, but it was something we do because it needs doing.

If you ever need more ideas for helping your son, just ask. That’s what we’re here for!

Heidi R.

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Great Ideas that we’ll be sure to implement! Thank you!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Heidi! 😊

Gigi Griffin

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Thank you. Great information and resources.

Hazel

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I will try these to my students! Thanks a lot!

Stacy

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This was such a great resource!! Thank you!!

Auschick

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Oh I love all these! Today I put choc chips on each word he had to say, but I don’t want to do that every day!

Robin E.

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I know what you mean! Treats with school are great once in a while but not for every day. Hopefully you can find some chocolate chip alternatives that work just as well.

J. A.

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This is such a great idea! Just having the opportunity to erase words from the white board excites so these will certainly be well received!

Jennifer M

says:

These look like fun. I will have to try some with my daughter!

Natasha

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My daughter loves these, we also play hide and go seek with the word. I write them on post it notes and she runs around the house looking for them, when she finds one she brings it to me and then reads the word.

Robin E.

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I love your hide and go seek word idea, Natasha! That would be such a fun way to review. Thanks for sharing this idea.

Decia

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This is great!

Gayle

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Very cool info!!

Sarah

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Thanks for this great list!

Alle

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What awesome ideas!! My son really likes to feed the monster. Somehow shoving words through a paper monsters mouth makes reading more enjoyable.

Robin E.

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Alle,
Yes, I have been mildly surprised by how motivating the Feed the Monster and Feed the Puppy activities are. 😊

Rebeca

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I love AAR Practice games in each lesson. I do one lesson a week and do the games several times a week. It’s so nice to see my daughter loving to learn instead of crying over it!

Ashley Toler

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To Cute! Love it!

Houda

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My kids loved the feed the monster one! So much fun.

Nicki

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So many great ideas to help children!! My kids are soo hands-on AAR has been phenomenal!!

Misty Rathjen

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This program has helped my son immensely. He is dyslexic and was “stuck” for 2-3 years in public school. We pulled him out, removed the pressure and started using this and we have a completely different child. He is still dyslexic (obviously) but moving forward. I am good with that.

Robin E.

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Misty,
I’m sorry your son had so many years of being stuck, but it’s wonderful to hear he is now moving forward!

Anna McCarthy

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I think these are going to be very helpful ideas — we will be using quite a few!

Robin E.

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I hope you have a lot of fun changing up the practice sheets with these ideas, Anna!

Marissa

says:

I love these. Thanks!

Roslyn

says:

Some really helpful ideas here. Thanks!

Donald Errol Knight

says:

These will be fun!

paresh

says:

These are very interesting activities! Thanks for sharing them.

Dawna

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I like these ideas. I have used many of these and now have a few more to try. It is nice to have a different activities to do for a child who needs many days to master a lesson.

Millie

says:

this was so helpful!

Great ideas. Adding movement and other sensory experiences build stronger brain connections. We tossing bean bags at target letters/grapemes/ words while swinging, jumping, bouncing, crab walking etc Also air writing using large motor movements , using body movements like in the “YMCA” Dance and adding sign language can also be fun additions to review “game” time

Robin E.

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Cher,
I love these ideas, especially the air writing and YMCA! Thank you for sharing them.

Erin

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My son will not sit still for anything. (I say everything is a full-contact sport with him lol.) These tips are indispensable for working with him. Thank you for putting out so many great resources!

Robin E.

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I understand, Erin! I remember the days when even “nice” hugs where physically exhausting. Sigh.

Let us know if you ever need more ideas for your active guy.

Tatiana

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Great way to practice words independently and with a peer!

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