Our Early Childhood Education Team is exploring early childhood themes all year long. This week the focus is on colors. I’m sharing a playful phonological awareness activity to build rhyming skills.
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Why We Chose This Activity
I think one of the reasons that my kids love rhyming so much is that they associate it with the countless books filled with rhyming words that we have read. I really need to do a post filled with our favorite rhyming books!
Last week we were coloring at the table and I asked my youngest son to pass me the crayon that rhymed with jello. He quickly handed me the yellow crayon. So, I thought we could turn this into a whole activity that would work on rhymingand color recognition too.
The materials needed and set-up instructions could not be easier!
Materials Needed: crayons and a shallow box
Dump the crayons in a shallow box. Use the following colors: red, blue, yellow, green, white, brown, black, pink, and gray. You really could use just about any color!
Time to Play
You are ready to play. Chant the following little rhyme and have your child find the crayon color that completes each rhyme.
So many crayons in the crayon box. Can you find a crayon that rhymes with ________?
bed/red jello/yellow bean/green frown/brown wink/pink
glue/blue bite/white sack/black tray/gray
Continue to chant until all crayons have been removed from the box.
One of our Growing Book by Book Readers, Suzie R., created a variation of the rhyme above. You might try this version too.
So many crayons, they’re dancing in my head!
Can you find a crayon that rhymes with bed? (red)
So many crayons, I could draw a crown.
Can you find a crayon that rhymes with frown? (brown)
So many crayons, that is true.
Can you find a crayon that rhymes with glue? (blue)
So many crayons for us today.
Can you find a crayon that rhymes with tray? (gray)
So many crayons, they make me feel mellow.
Can you find a crayon that rhymes with Jello? (yellow)
So many crayons make me blink!
Can you find a crayon that rhymes with wink? (pink)
So many crayons—we don’t need to fight.
Can you find a crayon that rhymes with bite? (white)
So many crayons I’ve never seen!
Can you find a crayon that rhymes with bean? (green)
So many crayons we need to pack.
Can you find a crayon that rhymes with sack? (black)
To extend the activity, have the child generate their own rhyme for each color as he or she puts each one back in the box.
Here is a little video of the activity in action.
Enjoy rhyming with your child and building phonological skills! Check out our printable circle time songs resource.
Keep reading. Visit the links below for more great color ideas from the #teachECE team!