Create a Rebus Reading Puzzle
The rebus is a form of written communication that precedes the first alphabets. There are many ways to make a rebus, but the most common form uses pictographs that sound like a word in place of a word or in combination with words to make messages. For example, think of pictures that can be used to make this message: eye can sea ewe. The following activity combines some of the most common sight words with busy hands for a winning combination of learning and creativity!
What You Need:
- Old catalogs or magazines with pictures that can be cut out
- Pencil or crayon
- Paper to write in-between words (lined paper especially made for beginning writers works well)
- Construction paper to use as background
What You Do:
- Start with a sentence. For example: start your sentence with the word "I", and explain to your child how the word sounds like "eye". Have him draw a picture of an eye, or cut one out or help him create a symbol that is recognizable as an eye. Cut out pictures of other nouns, or create pictographs of nouns. Nouns are often easier to create symbols for than verbs.
- Work with your child to develop a sentence around two or more noun pictures. Repeat the words over a few times and listen to the sounds.
- Find images or draw images to take the place of the noun. You might also start with a pile of nouns and have your child make up a sentence including a noun picture.
- Help your beginning reader write the in between words on squares of construction paper and cut them out. The list of some sight words may include: all, am, are, at, ate, be, black, brown, but, came, did, do, eat, four, get, good, have, he, into, like, must, new, no, now, on, our, out, please, pretty, ran, ride, saw, say, she, so, soon, that, there, they, this, too, under, want, was, well, went, what, white.
- Paste the appropriate words and images on the paper to make their message.