Gumball splat is one of my students’ favorite games! They love the challenge, and it can get quite competitive. The rules are the same as ZAP! Everyone goes around in a circle and chooses a card go fish style. If you can read your sight word you can keep it, if not it goes back. If someone picks a card that says "swap cards" they must swap cards with another player. If someone picks a card that says "lose cards" they must return their cards to the go fish pile. The game ends when the "game over" card is chosen.
At the end of the packet is a gumball machine and gumballs with each sight word (approximately 1 inch). I like to use these as data trackers, but I have also used them as center games. To use as a data tracker you can create a gumball machine for each student then add a gumball after they have learned that sight word. To use as a center game cut out the gumballs and have students place them in a "go fish" pile at their table, if they know the word they can add it to their gumball machine, if they don't then they lose it.
This game contains the first 100 words from the Fry Sight Word List.
I have put all of the "game cards" on their own sheet for your convenience to print more as needed. I like to include more of the game over cards when I am using this in guided reading as a sight word warm-up as it keeps the game short. Sometimes I just set a two minute timer and we play until we run out of time.
I also use these cards as my sight word flash cards so that they do double duty and I don't have to print them out twice. For best condition either use cardstock or laminate your game pieces.