Friday, 1 January 2016

Rhyming Activities

Have you even wondered how to introduce rhyming to children? The activities proposed in this post can be done with any rhyme flashcards, but also with the “Rhyming 2 Piece Puzzles” that I’ve created. Apart from that, you can read about some of my favorite rhyming books, songs, and resources.

But let’s start from the beginning…why is it useful to teach children rhyming? There are many reasons, but probably the most important one is that rhyming is fun! Whenever the kids are a bit bored, I try to introduce some silly rhyming instructions to change the mood (Touch the ground and turn around; bark like a dog and sit on the log). Also, think of the motivation and accomplishment children feel when they learn new words in a foreign language. Rhyming makes it fun and easy to develop their vocabulary and their self-esteem.

Rhyming gives children the possibility to play with oral language, thus improves their language skills.

In addition, there has been research done to support the relationship between young children’s nursery rhyme abilities and their phonological and print-related skills. Yes, that’s right – you can use rhymes to help emergent readers! Rhyming is a precursor to learning how to read, but also how to write.

Rhyming can be introduced through traditional rhymes and songs, stories, games, and other fun activities.

Here are some ideas for using my rhyming flashcards:
  • Use a pocket chart to display the rhyming pairs; 
  • Use them as 2-piece puzzles
  • Make a rhyming basket – place half of the words in a basket (one from each pair), and spread the rest throughout the room. Have one child choose a flashcard from the basket, and the others will look for its rhyming pair; 
  • Play “The Dinosaur Says Jump on…” – This is how it goes: the dinosaur (or any other hand puppet) tells the children to jump on certain flashcards. When the child is on the flashcard she has to say a rhyming word. Another variant of the game is to say one word, but the child has to jump on the rhyming word. For example, when the dinosaur says “Jump on box”, the child will jump on the fox flashcard; Tip: For this game, make sure to place the flashcards on the floor on a rug that’s not slippery. Also, choose flashcards that are close to one another, so the children don’t have to jump too far; 

  • Play “Which One Did I Hide?” – Place 3-6 rhyming pairs on the floor, then have the children close their eyes while you take one. They’ll have to guess what’s missing. It’s easier if you use the rhyming words next to one another, but it’s not necessary. It all depends on your pupils’ level;

  • You can use beads, letter stamps, or foam letters to spell the words. This is a great center activity, especially with the CVC words in this set! 

Yes, I know the N in "HEN" is actually a Z, but I didn't have any left :)

Here are my favorite songs and music resources for children:

Here are some of my favorite rhyming books for children:

What do you use to teach children rhyming? I’d like to hear your ideas. Share them by leaving a comment or sending me an email.


Other blog posts that you might find useful:

All You Need to Know About Storytelling

The Terrible Plop – Read Aloud

A Super Duper List of Songs

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