This Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star activity uses free printable rhyming cards to engage children in a fun spin-off of a favorite nursery rhyme. Once you’re done here, be sure to check out the rest of my free preschool printables.
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. So this simple rhyming words activity will keep the kids laughing as they learn.
Be sure to get a copy of the free printable at the bottom of the post!
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. Even if children don’t have prior experience with it, this simple rhyme is quickly learned.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Activity
I put together a super simple pocket chart activity for my students. We love using the pocket chart, so I made sure to incorporate that. If you don’t have a pocket chart, that’s okay! You can use a table, a white board, or a simple chart for this.
How to Set Up the Rhyming Activity
Start off by grabbing the supplies you need. Here’s what we used (I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post):
As I mentioned earlier, you can tweak things a bit if you don’t have a pocket chart. Use whatever works best for you and your students!
Once you have your materials ready, it’s time to prep the rhyming fun. Here’s what to do:
- Print the star rhyming cards and cut them apart.
- Laminate the stars.
- Write Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star on sentence strips.
- Place the sentence strips in a pocket chart.
- Put the rhyming stars at the bottom of the pocket chart.
Then you’re ready to invite the children over for the Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star activity. Keep in mind, I just wrote the first verse of the nursery rhyme. I know there are more verses, but I wanted to keep things simple. Plus, those are the words the kids generally know the best.
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Activity Directions
Let the children use a special pointer to help you read the words on the chart. I love keeping a stash of pointers near our circle time area. The kids really enjoy using them!
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 kids 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.
Once the children understand how to use the rhyming word cards, you can put the pocket chart activity in your literacy center. This way the kids can have some independent practice with it, and they can use it with their peers.
A Few Other Ideas
The Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star activity can be used in more than one way! So don’t feel like you have to do things exactly the same way we did. Here are some other ways to use the printable rhyming cards:
- These rhyming stars could easily be turned into a memory game. Instead of finding exact matches, the children have to find rhyming matches.
- The cards could be used as a rhyming scavenger hunt, too.
- Make your own rhyming stars! Have the children help come up with even more rhyming pairs to add to this activity.
- Consider making rhyming stars with the kids’ pictures on them. Then the children can come up with goofy, made-up rhymes to go along with their names. This elicits a TON of giggles, let me tell you!
So, how would you incorporate this Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star activity into your classroom? Don’t forget to grab a copy of the printable at the bottom of this post!
More Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Activities
If your students enjoyed this Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star activity, I have even more ideas for you:
- Star Sensory Bottle
- Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Books and Craft
- Little Star Sticky Wall
- Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Printable
- Starry Night Glitter Art
- Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Playdough
- Fizzy Stars
More Nursery Rhyme Activities
AND here are a few more nursery rhyme activities to try with the kids:
- Humpty Dumpty Printable
- Wooly Letters Writing Activities
- Frog Sensory Bag
- Mary Had a Little Lamb Craft
- Little Miss Muffet Free Printable
- Jack Be Nimble Gross Motor Activity
- Hickory Dickory Dock Printable
- Mary Mary Quite Contrary Pattern Activity
- Baa Baa Black Sheep Name Activities
- How Does Your Garden Grow with Preschoolers
- Humpty Dumpty Sensory Activity
- Muffin Man Activities
- Nursery Rhyme Letter Writing
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Amanda Boyarshinov says
What a cute set of rhyming cards! These could be used for a whole bunch of other Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star extensions… Wonder if you could put them in a sensory bin???
Great rhyming activity! Love the printable stars too!
I love that your rhyming stars have pictures which makes it easier for pre-readers to work on rhymes. Thank you for providing free printables. I can’t wait to try this out with our kids!
These cards are just adorable and very versatile too!
Great way to teach rhyming! I really like the cards. We’ve been playing around with rhyming lately thanks to this theme and I am going to give your activity a shot and she how she takes to it. Printing stars as I type, oh and yup, I’m following your Pinterest board.
Nicolette Roux says
These are so cute!
Jodie @ Growing Book by Book says
Ever since we have read Rhyming Dust Bunnies, my boys have been hooked on rhyming. They will love this activity too!