Getting my son learning after school isn’t always easy because he’s just been at school all day! This rhyming game was originally supposed to be a Frisbee like game with the hula hoops acting as targets but my dollar store plates were too light and even doubled up wouldn’t fly well. So we turned it into a hunt and my daughter came along for the ride and everyone had fun . You could adapt this easily for different levels using upper and lowercase as pairs to match, sight words ( writing out two and finding the match) or word families. Even though my almost 3 year old participated this activity is part of our Learning After School series . This series is filled with ideas for fun active learning after school gets out.
- Gather your materials. You will need some cheap plastic plates ( just don’t expect them to make good Frisbees… ) , a sharpie and some hula hoops.
- Start by writing some words on the plates. I chose 4 words that offered lots of rhyming words. Bake, car, band and hat.
- Write out as many rhyming words on the rest of the plates for each as you think will offer your child the right amount of challenge. You can always have a few extra on hand to hide on the go if your child is into it and you want to extend it.
- Place the anchor words ( bake, car, band and hat) in the hula hoops.
- Hide the other plates.
- Get your kids ready – I had my son agree that he’d let his sister find her share and not zoom through and grab them all . He also offered up his reading and rhyming skills to help. I wasn’t sure how it would play out … if you are doing this with a number of children with similar rhyming and reading abilities a great way to do it is to start each child off with a different word and have them search only for words that rhyme with their assigned word. * Whenever I am explaining rules I start with a quick game of Simon Says. It gets them focused.
- It was great. He needed a reminder not to grab all the plates but one reminder was enough. They would find a plate, run over and match the rhymes. She got a few solo ( after we read them of course) and he would do his in his head throwing them down fast. But then when she was stumped he took time to help his sister saying things like ” Do you hear they sound the same? Cake and bake rhyme.” It was still pretty much over her head but he got great practice being patient and teaching her. You can see him stretching out the words for her as a hint. Best part is the plates store easily and you can add more when you want to play again.
Books That Rhyme
Here are 25 great books that rhyme . When reading these books with your kids take some time to play with the rhymes , not every single on but a few. Be silly and have fun. Do things like use a synonym in the place of a rhyming word in the familiar text. When your child corrects you explain that the word means the same thing. They will insist it’s still not right . Ask them why. Continue reading. Pretending not to know the answer and letting my kids answer for me always gets a good laugh and the lesson sticks as well.
Eddie - The Usual Mayhem says
I love this game – not only did you get them rhyming, but I bet they burned off a lot of energy doing it! Brilliant.
Jana @ HowToRunAHomeDaycare says
Oh, I love this idea! Simple materials and lots of outdoor activity, this is right up our alley. Thanks, I’m pinning it.
I LOVE this idea! We’ve recently begun exploring rhyming words, particularly with our “word eggs” (easter eggs with “twistable” beginning sounds), and now that the weather is warming up (and the pollen is hopefully subsiding) this will surely be a fun activity for my 4-year old daughter, our 5-year old neighbor, and even my 16 month old son. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Susan Stephenson says
I love games like this that encourage rhyming. I truly believe that “rhymers are readers”. Every child I’ve ever read to loves that substitution game, especially putting me “right” with the correct word.
Allison McDonald says
Susan I could not agree more!!
jeannine: waddlee-ah-chaa says
I love how low maintenance this activity is. Anyone can give this a-go! A game that can be played over and over again with new words. It reminds me of word sorts. Wonderful how it engages both the body and the mind! (going to pin and tweet this one!)