We do not have a pet. So, my kids constantly talk about getting one or two or three! Today we are going to sing about pets with this pet store rhyming song. And in the process, we are going to build phonological awareness.
Rhyming words are those that have the same ending sound. Children who can hear and produce rhymes are on the road to reading. So, let’s build some rhyming skills.
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You do not need any supplies to sing and play this activity. However, if you would like to use picture cards of different pets for the children to look at while singing, that would work great too.
First, you need to learn the song. Here are the words.
Pets in the Pet Store
So many pets at the pet store.
Which pet do I like more?
I want the one that rhymes with _____.
Yes, may I please have a _____?
Here are the rhyming pairs to use in the song or you could generate your own.
Learn the little jingle here. I recorded two verses for you. Take a listen.
This is all done orally (unless you are using pet picture cards) so remind the kids to get their listening ears ready. Sing one verse and pause at the end to let the kids guess the correct pet word. Reinforce the two rhyming words by isolating them, saying them, and telling the kids that both of those words rhyme because their end sound is the same. Then, continue with the remaining verses.
Check out the Early Education Team’s posts on pets for more fun early childhood ideas on the topic.
- Work on beginning sounds with this pet beginning sounds matching game from Mom Inspired Life.
- This dog house shape activity from Life Over C’s is a fun way to work on shape recognition.
- Then, work on number recognition with this find the hidden number pet game from Learning 2 Walk.
- Kids love to play BINGO. Play this pet version BINGO from Powerful Mothering.