Reading and writing sight words can be such a bore, but when you can use “mud” to write your sight words, they get way more exciting. I love, love, love this activity and cannot wait to see you try it with your preschooler.
This pre-k activity is a wonderful way to introduce writing sight words.
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Lil’ Creators Focus Skills


  • Recognize sight words (I, my, you, is, are, the, of, and, can, like)


  • Can form all capital letters and some lower case letters

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy

Required Materials

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Muddy Pigs Template

*Washable Paint




Step #1
Print and cut out the Muddy Pigs Template.
Step #2
Combine brown paint with a spoonful of coffee. This will make the paint look like mud.
Step #3
Use a Q-tip to trace over the sight words with the mud.

Teacher Tip

This may be a hard skill for your preschooler. Rea’s tracing was nowhere near recognizable, but she enjoyed the process and she was becoming more familiar with each sight word which is the ultimate goal.

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