Rhymes With Orange

What You Need: 

  • Paper and pen
  • Orange

What You Do:

  1. Explain that you are going to play a word game and write a silly poem about the orange. Believe it or not, there is only one word that rhymes with orange. Sporange is a botanical term for part of a fern. Fortunately, poets don’t have to write only with rhyme. They can play with words in other ways.
  2. Alliteration is when words with the same first consonant are used consecutively. All the words in “tiny turkey toes” begin with T. Unfortunately, orange begins with a vowel. Another kind of alliteration calls for repeating the same vowel sound anywhere in the words. This means you could use the phrase “orange porridge requires special storage.” Or, your child could come up with an even better phrase of his own.
  3. Assonance is similar to vowel alliteration, but the words with the same vowel have to occur in a row. What can you do with orange assonance? What about “rinse with orange tint”? Help your child brainstorm several ideas and write them down.
  4. Another form of word play is the sight rhyme. In a sight rhyme, the words look like they would rhyme, because they are spelled the same, but they are pronounced differently. For orange, you could use arrange, exchange, change, derange, mange, or strange. What sight rhymes can your child think of?
  5. Take what you have brainstormed and use it to write an orange poem. It will probably take more than one try before your child has a poem he's willing to share, but rewriting is a skill all good poets develop.

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