Activity for ages 3 to 5.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s a great time to find “perfect matches” with rhyming words. The motivating game includes 15 different rhyming pairs to give students plenty of practice with a variety of rhyming words.
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This matching game was super simple to prep.
I starting by printing all of the cards on cardstock. Of course, you can just use regular paper, but the cardstock was much more durable and I knew it would pay off later when lots of kids were turning over cards.
I then cut out each of the 30 individual cards and laminated them, making 15 different rhyming pairs.
I placed the set in a Ziploc bag to keep the pieces together until we were ready to play.
Valentine Rhyming Pairs Game
To give the students some context, I reminded them of a typical “Memory” game, where players try to find two of the exact same cards. We have a few of theses games in our classroom, so they were familiar with the concept.
Then, I explained that instead of trying to find two of the exact same cards, in this game we would be looking for two cards that RHYMED.
I showed them one card with the picture of the sock and asked them to brainstorm possible words that rhymed with it.
They came up with rock, dock, lock, and tock…
Then, I showed them the lock card. I explained that since these two cards rhyme – lock and sock – they were a pair and I would get to keep them.
Next, we started the game.
I started by placing all 30 cards face down on the table. I chose to use all 30 cards, but you could easily modify this for new readers by using fewer rhyming pairs.
The first player flipped over two cards, reading them aloud: hen and mouse.
Since the words did not rhyme, we flipped them back over and it was Player Two’s turn.
She flipped over “map” and “clap.” The words rhymed so the student got to keep the cards and take another turn.
On a side note, sometimes I eliminate the extra turn, just so each player gets equal practice with the rhyming words, but that’s totally up to you.
We continued playing until all of the rhyming pairs were matched. Then, each player counted their cards. The player who had the most cards was the winner.
The Valentine Match Up was such a fun way to practice rhyming words!
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