a. Recognize and produce rhyming words.
Rhyme Detectives - Tell the children that they will get to be detectives and
listen for words that rhyme. You say a word, and they put their pinkies up if they hear a word that rhymes with it. Pinkies down if it doesn’t rhyme.
For example: Cat - hat (pinkies up), run - dog (pinkies down).
Handy Rhymes - Have children extend their arms as they say pairs of words
that rhyme. For example: sun (extend right hand) - fun (extend left hand). As
they progress, the teacher says a word as children extend their right hand.
Children say their own rhyming word as they extend their left hand.
Rhyme Ball - You will need a ball, beanbag, or other object to toss for
this game. Children sit or stand in a circle. The teacher says a word and then tosses the ball to a child. As the child catches the ball, she must say a word that rhymes.
Riddle Rhyme Game - Let children make up their own rhymes in this game. First,
they choose an object in the room. Next, they say a word that it rhymes, along with another clue. For example: “This rhymes with hair and it is something you sit on.” “This rhymes with look and it is something you read.”
Nursery Rhymes - Sing traditional nursery rhymes to tunes such as “100 Bottles
Pop on the Wall,” “Yankee Doodle,” “Sweet Betsy from Pike,” and ”Gilligan’s Island.”
Nursery Rhyme Websites – Visit these websites for other great activities with
mrsdiminnie.com (Take home books.)