Editable Pencil Bump Game for Word Work Printable

Practice literacy skills with this free, editable pencil bump game for word work! Change the words to meet all your students’ needs with a few little clicks and watch them grow!

Free printable sight words bump game for your back to school theme literacy centers.

Editable Pencil Bump Game

This activity will become a favorite in your classroom! It could be used for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, and beyond! This fun activity is so easy to use! You simply type in the words you want your students to work on and they auto-populate into the game. Making multiple game boards is a breeze and your students will be mastering their word lists in no time!

So Easy to Use!

The word bump game is the perfect tool to practice sight words, spelling lists, or high-frequency words. It is so easy for you to incorporate into your lesson plans and use multiple ways.

Once you download it, you will type 12 words into the table. The words will auto-populate onto the game board in random positions. Then, print and slide into a wipe and write pocket or laminate for durability. It also comes in color AND black and white so you can use it even if you don’t have access to color printing.

This could easily be used in a small group setting, during literacy centers, or for a word work activity. Teaching sight words can be tough since students learn them at different speeds but this game board will work great for that. I would create all my game boards at once, and keep them in zippered baggies labeled with the word lists. Then grab them for a quick sight word game or spelling game.

Free printable pencil theme bump game for back to school literacy centers.

Setting Up the Editable Pencil Bump Game

Supplies Needed:

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  • Editable pencil bump board game (button to download at the bottom of this post)
  • Printable die that comes with the download
  • Linking Cubes to use as game pieces
  • Write and wipe pockets (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Tape/ Glue


  1. Type in letters, numbers, sight words, spelling words, math facts, or anything else into the table on your download.
  2. Print the game board and slide it into a write and wipe pocket for durability. You can also laminate them.
  3. Print the accompanying die. Cut it out and fold along the dotted lines. Then, tape or glue it together.
  4. Gather linking cubes (10 per player).
  5. Label and store in a baggie or file folder.
Free editable sight words bump game for back to school reading centers in kindergarten, first grade and second grade.

Playing the Game!

Set out the game board, die, and pass out 10 linking cubes per player. The first person rolls the die and reads the word that it lands on. Then, they find the word on the game board and puts one of their cubes on it. The next player rolls the die, reads the word, and puts a linking cube on that word. If the other player already has a cube there, you can bump it off. If you already have a cube there, you can stack another on top and freeze the spot. A spot with 2 cubes can’t be bumped! The first player to run out of cubes wins!

When I use the alphabet game board, my daughter rolls the die and then moves to the space on the game board. When she lands on a letter she tells me the name of the letter and the sound it makes.

My son has been using the game board to reinforce multiplication facts. He rolls the die, lands on a math fact, solves it, and writes the number sentence on a piece of paper.

We are also using the game board for sight words. It makes learning them far more fun than using flashcards or something like that.

So Many Uses!

Because this board game is editable, it is super easy for you to differentiate it for all of the ability levels of your students. Use the exact same game for all of your students while giving each one what they need.

You’ll only need to teach them how to use the game board once and then they will know how to use them over and over again in the future for many different word lists.

A fun pencil theme word work bump game that you can edit and type in any words you want!

Here are some more differentiation ideas for this pencil bump game: 

Students roll a dice, move that many spaces, land on a letter and say its sound.

Students will roll a dice and move to the space with the same number on it. (Can use 6-sided dice, 10-sided dice, or even ten frame dice.)

Students roll two dice, add the numbers together and move to a space with that sum on it.

Players will roll a cube with a letter written on each side and then move to space that matches the letter rolled.

Students will roll a dice, move that many spaces, land on a word and read it out loud.

Players will roll a cube with blends or digraphs written on each side. Students roll the cube and move to a space with a word that includes that blend or digraph.

On a cube, write 1 on two sides, 2 on two more sides, and 3 on the remaining two sides. Students roll a 1, 2, or a 3 and move to a word with that many syllables.

You could have the students write the word they land on and use it in a sentence.

This pencil bump activity can be differentiated in so many ways and reinforce so many skills. It is sure to make learning these important skills both fun and effective! It will be a hit for practicing reading, sight word activities, spelling activities, and so much more!