This week I am SUPER excited to share some great NEW games to help kids learn to rhyme! Learning to rhyme often requires SO MUCH repetition, and this year, my class needed more practice than the usual activities I currently had on file. So I created a new rhyming game, and then in fact, I created a whole NEW SET of activities just like the first set that we already have, but with different words!
I am really pleased with how this set of rhyming words activities came out, because this time, I had a much larger picture file to work with. If you have been following HeidiSongs for a while, you may be aware that we RARELY use clipart that is available for other sellers to use; we either draw it ourselves or hire someone to draw it for our use alone, as we did in the Counting Creatures and the Shape Creatures books. But in any case, my point is that we were VERY careful to use pictures that depict (mostly) nouns and tried hard to avoid pictures that children might find confusing.
The rhyming pictures in this brand new Set Two include: car/star, ball/doll, whale/tail, bear/chair, bell/shell, blocks/socks, book/cook, boots/fruits, spoon/moon, bat/hat, corn/horn, mop/stop, grapes/shapes, nut/cut, shoe/blue, map/cap, barn/yarn, truck/duck, parrot/carrot, and crow/snow.
The rhyming pictures in our existing Set One include: cat/bat, bed/red, kit/bit, pot/robot, bug/rug, jam/ham, ten/hen, pig/wig, rocket/pocket, bun/sun, train/rain, dog/frog, fox/box, queen/green, egg/beg, bee/tree, clown/brown, top/cop, vet/wet, and king/sing.
The Rhyme or Not Game
Here is the newest rhyming game. I found it super helpful! It's called the Rhyme or Not? Game! Both Set One and Set Two are sold at this link, and they are just three dollars each. I played this game in a small group. To play, all you do is lay the card down in front of a child and tell him or her the words. Ask him to repeat the pair and tell you if he thinks it rhymes. To make it a bit more fun, I got some colored one inch wooden blocks, and as long as each child just TRIED to repeat the words and guess, I rolled that child a block. There was no penalty for getting it wrong.
As I went around and around the table, the children stacked their blocks up to make a tower. As they told me whether or not the word rhymed, I sometimes asked them to tell me how they knew. I taught them to explain that both words ended with the same SOUNDS with the emphasis on the plural! For example, "nut" and "cut" both end with "ut," so they rhyme.
Also, if they told me the wrong answer, we quickly discussed why it was wrong. For example, "car" and "doll" don't rhyme because they don't end with the same sounds. One ends with "ar" and the other ends with "oll."
For extra fun, sometimes when I rolled them a block, I tried to aim the block so that it would knock down the tower! They thought this was HILARIOUS and it certainly added some excitement to the game!
Rhyming Bingo and Practice Cards
Our Rhyming Bingo game is super simple and fun. First you put the practice cards, (which are also the calling cards for the bingo game) into a gallon size zip bag, and put a dark piece of construction paper at the front. Pull the card out halfway and ask the children what rhymes with that picture. Accept all answers that truly rhyme! Then pull out the one rhyming picture that they are to search for on their bingo board. There are only six pictures on each bingo board, and so the kids get a bingo when the entire board is filled! We always continue playing until every child has a bingo. Everyone's a winner! Rhyming Bingo Set Two is here and our original Rhyming Bingo Set One is here.
Rhyme Matching Puzzles
These Rhyme Matching Puzzles are a WONDERFUL way for kids to get a little independent practice in rhyme! They are truly self-checking, because each puzzle only fits into ONE other piece (its matching rhyme.)
When I use these, I divide them into smaller sets and number them on the back. Since there are 20 pairs of rhyming words, you could divide them into sets of five pairs each. Just be SURE to number them on the back, because if they get all mixed up it can be pretty hard for the kids to get them put back together! Twenty pairs of words means forty puzzle pieces. Yikes! :) Our new Rhyming Puzzles Set Two is here and our original Rhyming Puzzles Set One is here.
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