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7 Fun Activities for Teaching Rhyming and Alliteration

Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Tuesday, February 12,2013

After reading last week’s posts about rhyming and alliteration books you may be wondering, now what?  It is important to incorporate rhyming and alliteration activities into the day to reinforce what the children are learning.  Here are few ideas for different activities you can try in your classroom:

  • Alliteration Picnic: Make meal or snack time into a picnic using alliteration words.  Try serving “tasty tomatoes”, “leafy lettuce”, “sassy strawberries”, “crazy crackers”, “awesome apples”, “moo milk” or “jungle juice”.  After you finish eating sing a few rounds of “I’m going on a picnic” using your alliteration snacks.  Finish up your picnic fun by getting out some bouncing balls for the kids to play with!
  • A Bag Full of Surprises: Fill a small brown paper bag with small items (plastic figures, blocks, shapes, etc.); pass the bag around a circle.  After the child selects an item have them say a word that rhymes with it or starts with the same letter. 
  • Letter Collage: This is a fun family activity to send home for homework.  Print a letter on a sheet of paper, have the child go through magazines with their family and cut out pictures of words that start with that letter.  Great practice of fine motor skills and early literacy!
  • Zany Zoo: Talking about the zoo this week?  Have the children come up with names for the animals using alliteration.  Think “Bob the Baboon”, “Gary the Gorilla”, “Donald the Dingo”!  Take it a step further and have the kids dress up as their animal for a zany zoo party.
  • Play the  Animated Alphabet Song after reading one of the alliteration books from last week’s blog Awesome Alliteration Books to Bring to Prancing Preschoolers!  As a class, work on creating an alliteration alphabet book with each child being assigned a letter.  Help the child write a sentence or phrase using alliteration and then have them to illustrate it. 
  • Transition Activity: ready to move on to the next activity in your classroom?  Call on students to give a rhyming pair that will allow them to transition to the next activity.  Or sing the following song–“I know two words that rhyme, I can sing them all the time, ____ and ____, I know two words that rhyme” and have the child fill in the blanks!
  • Rhyming musical chairs: here’s one to test your brain!  Set up chairs like you would for traditional musical chairs.  As the children move around the chairs, keep up a steady stream of rhyming words–it’s ok if you run out of “real” words and use silly made-up words too.  When you say a word that doesn’t rhyme, the children sit down…the one without a chair is eliminated, a chair removed and on to the next rhyming sequence. 

What activities do you use to teach rhyming or alliteration?  Share your ideas below.

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