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Rhyme Time


"Duck's Family Reunion" introduces children to words that rhyme. Try this fun activity to help your child learn about rhyming.

  • Target Age: 3-5
  • Skills: Rhyming
  • Subjects: Literacy and Language Development
  • Related Episode: 104 B. Duck's Family Reunion

Materials:

  • Printouts of Frog, Bug and Cat WordFriends (Click here for printable WordFriends page)
  • Index cards or sheets of paper that are all the same size and shape
  • Pencil, pen, crayons or markers
  • Three empty shoeboxes or other open boxes
  • Tape

Directions:

  1. Print out Frog, Bug and Cat WordFriends. (Click here for printable WordFriends page)
  2. Cut out each WordFriend card and tape each one to a shoebox or other open box.
  3. On separate sheets of paper or index cards, write words that rhyme with each character's name. Brainstorm with your child to think of as many rhyming words as you can. Here are some suggestions:
    • Words that rhyme with Frog:
      fog, log, dog, hog, jog
    • Words that rhyme with Bug:
       hug, dug, mug, jug, tug, rug, slug, snug
    • Words that rhyme with Cat:
      mat, rat, bat, hat, flat, fat, pat, that, sat

    Variation: For an easier version of the game, draw a picture on the card with each word.
  1. Put all of the word cards into a bag and mix them up.
  2. Pull out a word from the bag and read it aloud with your child. Decide together which WordFriend it rhymes with. Then throw or place it into the shoebox with that WordFriend's picture on it. For example, if you pull out the word "hat," throw it into the "Cat" box. If you get the word "jug," put it in the "Bug" box, etc.
  3. Pull out words one at a time, taking turns with your child, until all the words have been chosen. Once all the words have been put into boxes, read the words in each box out loud and congratulate yourselves for putting all the words in the right boxes.

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