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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! And be sure to scroll to the end of this blog post for a special bonus download!

Click to download 16 fun practice sheet activities

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.

Bonus Download!

Here’s one more FUN way to help your child zip through those practice sheets! Reading is always more fun with a buddy and our All About Reading mascots are here to help! First download your Reading Buddies, then select the character that correlates with your child’s reading level or just pick your favorite! Either way, practice sheets are about to get a lot more fun!


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

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Tandi Cortez

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My son will love the Reading Buddies!

Robin E.

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Great to hear, Tandi!

Andrea D

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More ways to make learning fun are always appreciated!

Merysa Rios

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These are great ideas!! I will definitely be using these for when I start homeschooling again in the fall! :)

Robin E.

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Glad you like these, Merysa!

Tracy

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I have been homeschooling for 20 years (with about 15 to go!) and some of these ideas are new to me! I hope to use AAR this summer to help a struggling reader and would like to try some of them.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m glad we could help a veteran homeschooler find some new ideas, Tracy!

Mary O

says:

This are great ideas to help kids enjoy learning more! Children retain so much more when they are engaged and feel like they are playing rather than working! Thanks!

Robin E.

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Such great points, Mary! Thank you.

Lamusah zakari

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Is so great, thank u

Katherine Erismann

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My silly “ants-in-his-pants” 7 year old LOVES feeding the monster with All About Reading! Thanks for the fun game to get him motivated to learn more and more!

Robin E.

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I love that feeding the monster is helping to motivate your little one, Katherine!

Laura

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My daughters loves the feed the monster activity, especially if the practice sheets have a lot of practice words. It makes it easier to break up the words when the list is long. She will remember to “feed the monster” at breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc so she is less likely to get overwhelmed.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I love that your daughter wants to feed the monster at each meal, Laura! What a great way to get get in extra review that your child thinks is play!

Katie

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These are some fun ideas-we used the monster this past week-it was a hit!! Building a word road is something I’d like to try this week.

Robin E.

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Thanks for letting us know the Feed the Monster activity was a hit, Katie! I hope the road one is as well received.

Kelani Kline

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My daughters LOVES feeding the monster! She also likes when we take turns reading and highlighting the words.

Ellen

says:

I love it. I will definitely try some of these ideas!

Keith and Jamie Lorenz

says:

These are great ideas!!

Katelyn

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Soooo many helpful ideas!

Diane Charboneau

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Excited to try these!

Luba Kuzminov

says:

I love this pre pressing program! We had so much fun with it! Would live to get into the next level of reading!

Luba Kuzminov

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Love this program! We had so much fun with pre reading we would love to try the next level

Jodi

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These look great!

Kristen Easter

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I need to focus on making it more fun, thanks for the suggestions.

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Kristen. Sometimes taking a bit of time to make it more enjoyable makes a huge difference in the child’s perception of reading. When children have fun learning to read, they are much more likely to enjoy reading later on!

Lyndsey Marrinez

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My son loves practice sheets!

Heather

says:

Fantastic ideas!!!

Denise

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I print and cut up the practice sheets. Then I set up a pillow obstacle course from the couch to a bowl, where my daughter draws a word from the bowl and hops back across to the couch to read the word. This helps her concentrate a whole lot more than if we were to just sit and read through the sheet.

Robin E.

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What a fun and very active way to read the practice sheets, Denise! Great idea and thank you for sharing it!

Annemarie Paschal

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I have tried a few of these games with my preschooler and they have helped make “the boring stuff” fun.

Jennie V

says:

This is great! I (we) really needed this!

Nicolette Bohannon

says:

You guys make reading and spelling so fun!

Alex Rogers

says:

Great ideas!!! 😍

Amanda

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Yes need to try these. I’ve laminated practice sheets and we go crazy marking things out with a dry erase marker right now, but that is slowly losing its fun.

Shailyn

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My son loves Swat Games and Feed the Monster as well. Can’t say enough about this program. 100% recommended for any learning and/or teaching style.

Robin E.

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Thank you, Shailyn!

Elizabeth

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These are great ideas! I will definitely try some of these with my son. Now that he is halfway through Level one and the practice sheets are longer, we break it up over 1-3 days. These activities would make it much more fun and we might be able to cut down the amount of time we need to spread the work over as he will hopefully enjoy it more!

Robin E.

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I understand, Elizabeth. My youngest needed a few days for the fluency practice sheets as well. She loved to cross off each line as she read it, though.

Sarah

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I know some people skip the practice sheets with their kids – but mine LOVE them. They’re simple but always reinforce the concepts in a way that’s entertaining.

Tami Figueroa

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Love these ideas to spice up the practice sheets.