Printable Coloring Sight Words Flash Cards

Give your kindergartener or first grader a head start with free Printable Coloring Sight Words Flash Cards that pair perfectly with I Can Read! books.

Post is sponsored by HarperCollins. All opinions stated here are my own. 

Printable Coloring Flashcards

Guys, I’m going to have a 1st grader this school year. A 1st grader! I cannot believe my little princess is already in elementary school. Kindergarten was a big transition for her, as you can imagine! Being in school all day, homework, and limited play time is definitely something she was not used to. Kindergarten is also where she was introduced to sight words and learning how to read. It definitely was a big change for her but she was excited to learn.

We made trips to the library and bookstore to pick up I Can Read! early reader series. The series is organized into color-coded levels to make it easy to identify which books are appropriate for your child. You can read all about the levels by visiting the website.

Last year, my daughter was reading the level My First: Shared Reading. Now that she is heading to 1st grade we’re moving up to Level 1: Beginning Reading. Don’t miss our giveaway at the end of this post for your own chance to win a set of I Can Read! books!

I Can Read book series

Even though it is Summer, we’ve been reviewing sight words and reading every single night. My daughter’s teacher gave all the parents a checklist with tips on things to practice during Summer break. Practicing sight words and reading are top on the list. The I Can Read! Level 1: Beginning Reading books incorporate many of the sight words my daughter has learned and will learn so I decided to create some fun coloring sight word flashcards.

Printable Coloring Sight Words Flash Cards

Materials Needed to Make Your Own Coloring Sight Words Flash Cards

  • Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, or any editing programs
  • Digital Stamp Clipart
  • Printer


Step 1: Open Powerpoint. Use a blank slide, set the slide to 8.5 x 11, and change to portrait.

Step 2: Click on shapes and select the rectangle with the rounded corners (if that is what you prefer). Change the background to white and size it to 2.6 Height x 3.75 Width. Duplicate the shape so you can fix multiple on one sheet. I was able to fix 5 rectangles on one slide.

Step 3: Using the Word Art feature, select the outline option and type the sight word. Change the line color to black and the fill to white. Repeat the process for all the words and place them in the rectangle.

Step 4: Add any clip art or background to each rectangle, if you desire. Repeat for each flash card or duplicate.

Step 5: Print on cardstock paper, then cut using scissors.

Coloring sight word flash cards

Coloring sight word flashcards


If you don’t want to make your own, you can click here to get your own printable coloring sight word flash cards. 

I created the flashcards to go with her I Can Read! Level 1: Beginning Reading series. One of the best parts of the series is that the books feature familiar characters which make her all the more excited to read them! My daughter enjoys reading Pinkalicious, Fancy Nancy, Biscuit, Paddington, and The Berenstain Bears. I remember reading books with some of these characters when I was a little girl so it brings me so much joy to see her enjoying them too!

I can read! level 1 beginner reading series

Her reading has improved significantly since we started reading the Level 1 books. Sometimes she’ll read words and sentences she sees at the mall or outside while driving. She carries her little flash cards everywhere she goes. Add a hole in the corner of the flash cards then add a book ring to keep them together. It makes it so easy to travel with.

Coloring word flash cards

The I Can Read! book series makes it easy for parents to find the right level for their child and characters that will get them excited. You can learn even more about the series by watching this YouTube video!

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Free printable coloring sight word flashcards



  1. Amy
    July 13, 2018 / 5:15 pm

    This is such a cute post! My son is heading to 1st grade and could use the reading help!

  2. July 13, 2018 / 6:11 pm

    We have tons of I Can Read books and my kids still want more! They love them and I love how educational they are!

  3. July 13, 2018 / 9:23 pm

    Love the printables and the books! So important to encourage kids to read!

  4. July 13, 2018 / 10:12 pm

    These flash cards are great! My daughter is going into kindergarten. These would be very helpful. She would love to color them, I think it would make her want to use them!

  5. July 13, 2018 / 10:21 pm

    We love reading at our house. My twins are really into Nancy Drew books right now. We’ve also read some other fun books. My daughter loved the Fancy Nancy books when she was younger.

  6. Nicole Flynn
    July 13, 2018 / 10:44 pm

    Yes we do use flash cards at home. My children enjoy the Little Critter book series, as well as Eric Carle books.

  7. July 14, 2018 / 12:34 am

    I love the idea of adding these to a ring for easy flipping through. Getting kids to color their own flashcards is so clever!

  8. Jenn Mitchell
    July 14, 2018 / 6:36 am

    These cards look fantastic. I love that there is another step involved with them coloring them in for more practice with how they are spelled.

  9. July 14, 2018 / 12:31 pm

    These are great! I love that they can color in their flash cards.

  10. Ronnie
    July 14, 2018 / 2:14 pm

    I am loving these! My cousin teaches English to children and this would be the perfect tool to learn words while having fun. I hope she’ll join the giveaway and look into getting these for her classes. 🙂

  11. latanya
    July 16, 2018 / 12:17 pm

    We like Pete the Cat

  12. Jessica To
    July 16, 2018 / 3:14 pm

    My son likes any of the Dr. Seuss books. We have used flash cards.

  13. July 16, 2018 / 4:44 pm

    What a neat idea, I never thought of making these like you did above. My youngest is going to kindergarten, so something like this would be really great for him. My second youngest is going to 2nd grade, this would be fun for her as well. I wish I saw this sooner, would of been great for summer break, but it’s almost over now.

  14. Denise M
    July 21, 2018 / 9:47 pm

    We are big readers- my son loves any books with Disney characters and Little Golden Books

  15. Tamara Regan
    July 21, 2018 / 11:09 pm

    My son absolutely loves the book “Ten in the Bed” and has memorized it word for word.

  16. Marilyn Nawara
    July 22, 2018 / 3:26 pm

    My grandsons favorite book is Walter the Farting Dog. It’s a great book!

  17. Samantha
    July 22, 2018 / 7:17 pm

    I have used flash cards with my son since he was one year old. He is 3 and is reading at a one grade level. He loves to read and be read to. He has a wonderful imagination. I have always kept patient with him and never pushed him. He has just loved to learn! And what makes him happy makes me happy.

  18. laura bernard
    July 22, 2018 / 8:21 pm

    monster mama loves me

  19. Nikki D.
    July 22, 2018 / 11:43 pm

    They like brown bear, hop on pop. We just started using them for sight words

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