Kindergarten Dolch Sight Words 1

Good morning to all of you totally awesome Kindergarten teachers! I’ve had several requests to make Dolch Sight Word cards, so I thought this cute little caterpillar was a fun way to learn and review sight words! Today I’m sharing the Kindergarten Dolch Sight Word Caterpillar cards with you!


–> Download the Kindergarten Sight Word Caterpillar <–

How to use the caterpillar sight words:

Print pages 3-7 on cardstock and laminate for durability if you choose. Page 8 includes blank caterpillar pieces so you can add your own words!

TIP: Laminate two sheets back to back so the printed sides are facing out, and the blank sides are touching. Run both sheets through your lamination machine, then cut apart and cut out circles. This will create a circle that is laminated on one side, but not on the back side. This helps with creating a backside that is not slippery and can be taped to the wall.

Add the caterpillar head to a blank area of your wall where you plan to add the caterpillar sight word cards. Add each new caterpillar sight word body part to your wall as you learn it. Review your caterpillar cards daily!

And don’t worry…

First, Second, and Third Grade sight word caterpillars are coming soon!


  1. Lizzie Ater says:

    Are you going to do the Pre-Primer words too?

    • Andrea Gardner says:

      Oooo! Good idea!

      • Maybe, we don’t really need them, so I didn’t make them, but if there is enough interest…

        • Jennifer Pense says:

          This is fantastic, but I would also love to see this in pre-primer words as well. I LOVE all of the wonderful things on your site! Thank you SO MUCH for all you do! You are a blessing and an inspiration!

        • I would love the pre-primer words too in catepillar form for my little ones. Fantastic job on your blog! Always excellent ideas and an inspiration for beginning home-schoolers like me! (4yrs, 2 yrs, and newborn)

        • Ooohhh…this is wonderful! I would love to use it with all my kiddos which would mean I’d love the pre-primer words too!!! But, I hate for you to do more work! How hard would it be to give us a blank sheet where we could write in the pre-primer words ourselves, but at least it would match the rest of the caterpillar body. Thanks so much for all you do! You have been such a blessing!!!!

        • Melissa says:

          Have you made these for the K4 curriculum? I would LOVE to have them for your K4 sight words, we are using it this fall! 🙂

          • No, I didn’t make them for my own curriculum LOL! I will definitely add that to my list!

  2. Andrea Gardner says:

    Thanks! This is MUCH cuter than my plain old index cards!

  3. Do you have them in black and white? 🙂

  4. You’ve done it again!!!! What a great idea, and oh so fun!!!! Thanks, Erica!

  5. Wow, these are great! Thanks!

  6. claudiagaviria says:

    The Moffat Girls have a caterpillar sight word very similar and I have seen it also at one plus one plus one equals one. ( I think Clarisa share the idea from the Moffat Girls).

    This are cute as well. Except that the ones in the other site are black and white.

  7. Thanks so much for all your hard work. Looking forward to the 1st grade ones since that’s where I am with my son right now. This will be a great and fun way to learn sight words.

  8. Looking forward for the third grade words!

  9. My 3yo just became really interested in reading, and she’s been having me teach her some of the sight words. This came at the perfect time!! I was just writing the list of words on a piece of paper. 🙂 Thanks so much!

  10. These are great!

  11. Do you use these sight words in addition to the AAR program or would it be better to choose one or the other?

  12. Ellen Zimmerli says:

    Thanks for sharing these! I teach Reading and my students still like to have their own set of cards. These are so cute!! Thinking of the Dolch list, my kids and I discovered a couple of cool sites this past year. One is Cubert’s Writing Cube: (which is a fun creative writing site) and the other is (where you can practice your list of words in cool puzzles) ! Thought I’d share them as I think they’ve helped my kids get extra practice seeing and writing their words.

  13. LOVE this idea!!

    (ps: my six year old just pointed out that the colours black and brown are mixed around ;o)

  14. Beautiful, beautiful job. Thank you soooooo much for sharing. Looking forward to the other sight words as well.

  15. Thank you, love these!! And love that you just printed first grade as well!

  16. Hi Erica! Thanks for making these available–I love them & think they will help my little kindergartener. Was just wondering though–my printer sadly only prints in black ink. Is there any way to remove the colors from the circles so they’re not all shaded in with gray?

  17. Thanks for posting these printables! I’ve been searching for aids to help my son learn and retain his sight words. The caterpillar is an amazing idea!

  18. I love the sight word caterpillar, however I don’t like the font. The letter ‘a’ should be in a font that they recognize because we don’t teach them to write that way and some may not recognize it. Century Gothic would be a good one to use. Thanks. Love the website!

    • It’s FREE. .. How can you complain? Geezz…
      It’s good for kids to learn all kinds of fonts. Take environmental fonts for instance and all they will see… It’s all part of learning.

  19. Thank you so much for putting this out there for free for us! I made my own cookie game for the pre primer words and it took so long in the word document. This saved me lots of time and it’s so cute. I know my kids will like it. Thank you!

  20. This is awesome, thanks for sharing! My son started kindergarten and I was looking for ways to review sight words for his assessment next week. He had a great time and is excited about adding new words to his caterpillar. We been using flash cards and im adding this as a review supplement.

    We glued the sight words to a poster board. Every week I will have my son glue his new sight words and continue to use the flash cards as well. He was very excited and happy with this project. Again, thank you so much for sharing!

    I also copied the circles from your pdf to a word document, so I was able to type in my pre-primer words!

    • Hi Melissa,
      Thanks for the suggestion, I will add it to my list  I’m not sure when I’ll be able to get it, out right now I have several projects going on, but I will try!

  21. Can these words be used to teach a preschooler?

    • Yes, it depends on if they’re ready for it or not. These are meant for kindergarten, but if you have an advanced preschooler that is ready to move on to more words, you’re welcome to use this list. I have lists for prek-3rd grade available on my blog for download.

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