Sweet Pea is 4 years old.
From: Allison from No Time for Flash Cards shared this great way to teach your tot about rhyming words.
- A list of 5 simple words plus 4 or 5 words that rhyme with each of them. Here are some options:
- bug: hug, jug, mug, plug, rug, drug, slug, smug, tug
- cat: bat, chat, fat, flat, gnat, hat, mat, pat, rat, sat, scat, splat, that, vat
- dog: hog, log, bog, frog, jog, smog,
- pig: big, dig, fig, jig, sprig, swig, twig, wig
- sun: bun, done, fun, none, nun, one, pun, spun, stun
- About 25 craft sticks
- Thin lined permanent marker (I love the new Mark It ones from Bic. They come in lots of colors and write on almost everything.)
- 4-5 Small cups.
- Painter’s masking tape.
- Basket or bowl to hold the rhyming flags.
- Place a piece of tape on each cup.
- Use the marker to write the first word in each rhyming set on it’s own cup.
- Lay out a long strip of masking tape, face up on a table.
- Place the craft sticks about 2 inches apart along the tape.
- Place a second piece of tape directly over the first piece, “sealing” the craft sticks between them.
- Cut the tape to separate the craft sticks and create a tape “flag” on each one.
- Clearly print one word on the front (and back) of each “flag”.
- Place all of the craft sticks in a basket.
- Remind your tot that rhyming words are words that have the same ending sound. Give a couple of examples (“cat” and “bat”) and encourage your tot to think of a word that rhymes with them (“I can think of something that rhymes with “cat”. You put it on your head…”)
- Explain that you are going to place the flag sticks in the cup that has the correct rhyming word.
- Read the word on each cup out loud.
- Invite your child to select a flag stick from the basket.
- Either have your child read the word on the flag, or read it for them.
- Ask you child to place the flag stick in the cup that contains the word that rhymes.
- If your tot needs more help, say the word on the flag and then repeat the words on each of the cups again. For example, if your tot selects a stick with the word “hog” on it, you could point to the first cup and say “This says “cat”. Does ‘hog -og -og -og’ have the same ending sound as ‘cat -at -at -at’ “?
- Repeat the procedure for all of the rest of the sticks in the basket.
Observations: Sweet Pea had a hard time at first and I had to help her a lot. She started catching on after 4 or 5 sticks and did seem to like it, but only placed about half of the flag sticks before getting silly.
I have noticed that Sweet Pea has a hard time coming up with rhyming words (one of the reasons that I introduced this activity) and I think this activity was just a tiny bit too difficult for her. We started off well, but it just didn’t quite hold Sweet Pea’s interest. I suspect that she will like it better in another few months.
I intentionally added some “tricky” rhyming words such as “none” to put in the “sun” cup and Sweet Pea found those impossible without my help. I think that would be a good idea for an older child who is a little more comfortable with rhyming, but I wish I wouldn’t have done it this time.
Notes from the Trenches:
We used small plastic Dixie cups which were okay, but they fell over a lot. Heavier cups would probably work better.
Rating: 3 Stars * (Easy, Independent, Frugal)