Activities for ages 3 to 5.
Learning how to rhyme is an important step toward reading. It teaches kids to notice patterns in words, break words into parts and incorporate rhythm when they read with expression later.
This rhyming pack includes eight of my favorite ways to teach kids how to rhyme. The activities are flexible enough to use with one student or 28 – making the games great whole class activities, guided reading lessons, literacy centers or homeschool activities.
Instead of worrying about letters and words, I wanted kids to be able to focus solely on rhyming so I made all of the activities word-free with easy to identify pictures.
The first activity is my boys’ favorite: The Rhyming Race. Kids roll the die, name the picture that lands on top and then graph its rhyming pair on the record sheet. The first column to reach the finish line wins. It’s a great way to combine math and literacy in one.
Next, I included a class set of BINGO cards. I’m in love with the retro design!! To play, the caller picks a calling card and names the picture. Then players cover the word that rhymes with it on their BINGO board.
Then there’s a class set of I Have – Who Has. To use with small groups, the cards can be arranged in a line on the ground leading from one card to the next. It’s a simple tweak that makes the activity flexible enough to use with small and large groups alike.
The rhyming pack also includes a set of rhyming dominoes. Just like the classic game, players lay matching rhyming words next to each other, creating a trail of pairs.
To play Rhyming Memory, kids take turns flipping over two cards at a time and naming the pictures. If the words rhyme, they keep the pair. If they don’t match, they turn over the cards and let the next player go. Easy peasy fun.
There’s a silly, active game called Willabee Wallabee Woo. If you’re a teacher, the game’s great to use during circle time. If you’re a parent, it’s a fun way to motivate your soon-to-be reader.
And I included an addictively fun game called Rhyme Time. Kids roll the die, read the picture and name a word that rhymes.
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