Rhyming Week (February 25 - March 1)

Rhyming is not only lots of fun, it can also help children to learn! The sounds, rhyming and repetition invloved in rhymes helps children focus on sounds and learn new words. This week we will focus on rhyming and learn all kinds of things, too!

Introduce the idea of rhyming by playing a fun game. Say the name of an animal and then a rhyming word. An example could be COW, NOW. Give another example. Now see if they can do it. Give them the name of an animal and see if they can give you a rhyming word. Help them out as needed. Give stickers for good answers. They must give real words, though!

Read a nursery rhyme to help them understand the concept. Really exaggerate the words that rhyme while reading.


R for Rhyme!

Rhyme Time Coloring Page


TONS to choose from!

There are many books full of nursery rhymes available on Amazon or at your local library.

DLTK's website has a whole list of rhymes and fairy tale coloring sheets!


Fish Counting Nursery Rhyme

Print and read the fun rhyme HERE to start the math activity. It uses a humorous rhyme to count from 1 to 10.

Next print the fish from the template HERE from First Pallet.com.  Write the numbers 1-5 on the fish.

Use a paper plate to create a fish bowl. Cut the top off of the plate, have the children paint them blue.

Once the fish bowls are dry (you can have them color them if you want this to go faster!) ask the children to count their fish using the numbers on the fish. Have them place 5 fish in the bowl. You can glue them down now or make this lesson a bit tougher by working on some addition. Ask the children to take all the fish out of the bowl. Now place 1 fish in the bowl. If you place 1 more fish in the bowl, how many are there now? Continue this line of addition questions as needed.

Once the fish have been glued to the bowl, they can color their fish. Once complete, these are cool to hang up in the room!


Humpty Dumpty Egg Break Eggs-periment!

Read Humpty Dumpty to the children first.

Set this up by pre-hard boiling some eggs. Show the children how egg shells are pretty strong at the top and bottom by squeezing them with your thumb and forefingers. Show them how you can squeeze very hard and the egg won't break. You can get them involved by setting the egg on its end on a table and allowing them to push down on the top end.
Now show them that the egg is more fragile on the sides. Squeeze the egg in your fist until it cracks. Now allow the children to do the same. Talk about how egg shells are fragile or easily broken and how it is important to handle them carefully. Why did Humpty break when he fell off the wall? Because egg shells are fragile!
Next, print the egg template HERE.  It is best to print it on cardstock or other durable paper. Cut the egg into a few pieces to make a puzzle. Now they can put "Humpty together again"! You could make a puzzle for each child and have them glue the pieces to another piece of paper.


Rhyming Basket

Place a number of items in a basket. Hand the basket to each child and ask them to pull out one item. Have the child say the name of the item, then say something that rhymes with it! These words do not have to be real words. This is a very silly and fun activity!

Rhyming Dice

Another version of this game is to make a dice out of a square box. Place pictures of objects on each of the cube squares. Have the children roll the dice and say the name of the item it lands on. Then ask them to make a rhyme for that word.


Rhyme Matching Picture Craft

Cut out pictures from a toy cataloge or magazine. Choose pictures that rhyme with another picture you cut out. Begin the craft by discussing the pictures you have chosen. As they say the name of the item, see if they can find the rhyming match. Allow them to glue the matches to a piece of paper.



Rhyme Worksheets

Print the worksheets and review them with the kids. They will need to draw a line to connect an object on the left side to a rhyming object on the right side. Say the name of each object on the left. Then go down the list of objects on the right saying their names. When you come to the one that rhymes, they should tell you! Then have them make the lines to connect them.



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