Rhyme Game in a Bag

What You Need:

  • A bag or pillowcase
  • 10 to 20 small objects
  • A table

What You Do:

  1. First things first… Brainstorm a list of small objects that rhyme. Or use this list of common household objects:
    car star
    duck truck
    doll ball
    frog dog/log
    pen hen/ten
    snake cake/rake/lake
    bee tree/three/key
    hat cat/rat
    bug mug/rug
    rock lock
    socks box/fox
    sock clock/rock/block
    house mouse
    man can/fan
    pig twig

    It shouldn’t take more than a walk through your child’s room to find everything you need, but you might want to take a trip to your local dollar store if your bag is lacking luster.

  2. Once you've gotten your objects together, put half of them in your bag and the other half on the table. It's time to play! Invite your child to the game but before you play, take a look at what's on the table and make sure you and your child agree on the same name each of the objects. For example, decide that the hen is going to be called a hen and not a chicken, or that the rug is not going to be called a carpet.
  3. It's picking time! Have your child close their eyes and reach into the bag to pull out an object. After pulling something out of the bag, encourage them to look for its rhyme on the table. Once they find a match, they should say the name of each of the objects aloud.
  4. Now it’s your turn. You can add a little twist to the game by letting your child "help” you find your match. As you pretend to have difficulty finding a rhyme, say a few possibilities aloud, for example, “Hmm…I know house rhymes with zouse, but where is it?” The sillier you are, the more fun your child will have trying to help you figure out the correct match.
  5. After all the objects have been paired up, go back and take turns naming your rhyming pairs. You can even try making up your own song or chant: House/mouse, mouse/house, house and mouse rhyme.

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