Sight words are words children learn to read instantly without decoding them. In fact, some are not easily decoded anyway -- such as "the" and "you" -- because they do not follow basic phonics rules. Young children must memorize sight words in order to read fluently. Coloring activities help children learn and remember the words.
Color the Word
Print the sight words in outlined block letters, then ask the child to color each word. Words that denote colors are sight words, so you could print out the word "blue" and then have the child color it in shades of blue or glue blue glitter to it. Use card stock or glue the words onto index cards to use as flashcards for study later -- the color will help the child remember the word.
Color the Word in Context
Copy a page or pages from an easy reader, and then ask the child to color or highlight the sight words when she sees them as she reads. Use a different color for each word. For example, the word "and" may be highlighted in green, the word "the" in blue, and the word "her" in pink.
Find and Color the Sight Word
Hide a sight word amongst other words. To do this, write the sight word in outlined block or bubble letters in the middle of a piece of paper. Then, draw shapes around it, like a puzzle. Write a word inside each shape. Write sight words inside the shapes that compose the original sight word. Write other words in the other shapes. For example, if you wrote "the" on the paper, write "the" inside of the T, H and E. Then, write other words -- such as ten and net -- on the other shapes. Tell the child to color the shapes with the sight word "the" blue, and the other words different colors. In the end, the word "the" will be colored in blue, and will stand out among the other shapes.
Follow the Sight Words
Print or create a picture to color, such as a seasonal picture. Then, write sight words in parts of the picture. For example, if you have a picture of a Jack-O-Lantern, write the word "day" in the eyes, "my" on the stem, and "come" on the pumpkin. Then, tell the child to color anything with the word "day" black, anything with the word "my" brown, and anything with the word "come" orange.