We are learning all about pets this week in my virtual class and I created this printable rhyming activity to send home for my students to match up. Rhyming is a vital early literacy skill but nearly all of the kindergarten teachers I have been chatting with have said that this year their students are struggling with this. Possibly because parents aren’t as aware of working on this skill as they are on things like counting, letter recognition, etc… The thing about rhyming activities for preschool is that they are so much fun! Students love to rhyme and once they get the hang of it they will love it even more.
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I decided to record myself doing this activity along with my read-aloud of The Birthday Pet. I send home two virtual read alouds to my students weekly but if I was using this in a class, I’d first do it as a circle time activity and then have it out for free choice in my literacy center. The book is the perfect companion to this activity. It is written in rhyme and it specifically has rhymes with various pets that I use for the activity as well. Here is a little demo I shared on Instagram.
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Print out the sheets then cut into strips, of course you can laminate if you want, add magnets for a magnet board or just leave them as it.
You can use this printable rhyming activity in your literacy center or as a circle time activity. Whatever works for your class. Download here!
The Birthday Pet by Ellen Javernick is a cute book about a little boy who just wants a turtle for his birthday but his family has other ideas. This book is fun to read out loud as it’s written in rhyme and I love that it goes through so many different pets. You could use this book for a whole host of circle time activities with a pet theme.
More Pet Activities For Preschool
Find more fun pet-themed activities for preschool at home or at school here.
Jacob Noah says
That’s such an interesting activity for the kids! Rhyming is the first important step towards phonemic awareness. It lays the foundations for learning to read and write and also helps them with the ability to manipulate sounds in speech.