Rhyming is an important piece of the literacy puzzle and kids love to rhyme so it’s an easy skill to work on while having fun. This rhyming game is simple but throw in a St.Patrick’s Day theme and a treasure hunt and it goes from simple to awesome. The best part of this activity wasn’t watching my daughter work on her rhyming it was watching my son help her. My children are not immune to sibling scuffles, and from time to time when I feel like those scuffles are escalating I give them a task to work on together.
Match up the rhymes. I asked my son not to match them up until all were found so that his sister could be part of this step as well. With a three and a half year age gap, the ability gap is big right now and my daughter is very sensitive to her brother doing everything for her. By forcing him to slow down and take her feelings into account I am hoping to teach him to be more sensitive to others and to send her the message that she isn’t just running behind playing catch up. Adjust this step to your players. If kids are having a hard time matching rhymes one of my favorite strategies is to offer two different pairs one rhyming and one not to choose from. Often hearing two options will help them distinguish between a rhyming pair and two words that do not rhyme. Some children get stuck on words with similar beginning sounds thinking that it’s the initial sound they are trying to match. If this is the case with your child make sure you are taking the time to really over emphasize the sounds in the words and saying for example “g-old, s-old they rhyme! G-et and g- old have the same first sound but do not rhyme. Rhyming is the same last sound. G-old and s-old rhyme.” A less overt way to continue working on this is to read , lots and lots of books that rhyme. Check them out here.