Rhyming is a huge part of early childhood education, and children love it. There’s something innately silly about manipulating words and sounds, which makes it fun for the kiddos. Here’s a very simple rhyming activity to try along with the nursery rhyme Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.
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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star is one of the most well-known nursery rhymes, at least in my experience. Many parents often sing it to their children as babies, and the nursery rhyme is in many children’s books and CDs. Even if children don’t have prior experience with it, this simple rhyme is quickly learned.
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free printable star cards for a fun rhyming activity with kids
Write the first verse of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star on chart paper or sentence strips. I kept it simple, sticking with the words my students know best.
Let the children use a special pointer to help you read the words on the chart (I find that children will grab any reason to use pointers). Encourage the children to locate the words that rhyme after reading, either by pointing to the written word or saying them out loud. Talk about what rhyming means. I usually say, “rhyming words sound the same at the end.” The explanation doesn’t need to be a long one! 🙂
The next day, sing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star together. Then bring out the rhyming stars, and tell the kiddos they get to help pair up the stars that sound the same at the end.
Have one child choose a star card. The child with the first card should hold it up and name the picture found there. Choose another student to come up and find the matching rhyming card. This should be a fun, simple activity you can play with the kiddos in about 5 minutes.
These rhyming stars could easily be turned into a memory game. Instead of finding exact matches, the kiddos have to find rhyming matches. The cards could be used as a rhyming scavenger hunt, too. So many different ways to use them!
What’s a favorite rhyming activity in your classroom or at home? How would you and your kiddos/students use these star rhyming cards? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below. 🙂
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