Another oral language activity that my kidlets always LOVE is a simple one. I have an IKEA igloo that I set up on the carpet area. Before we start I've collected a box of random objects from around the classroom. I ask the class to close their eyes while I hide one in the igloo and then say "What's inside the igloo? What could be in it for me? It starts with ___ and rhymes with ___. Oh what do you think it could be?" For example, if I've hidden a book in the igloo I would say "It starts with /b/ and rhymes with look." Someone guesses the object and then gets to check inside the igloo to see if they were right! We play this game LOTS before we move on to reading and writing rhyming words. If you don't have an igloo you can use whatever you have - e.g. "What's inside the big, blue bag?"
I love to use hands-on activities, particularly in literacy centres. Top of my list of new ones to try is this one that uses Duplo blocks. If you click on the image to the pin you can check out This Reading Mama and download the pictures used here - or you could use ones you already have!
At least one of my literacy centres is always a game - and I love to use Bingo! when teaching rhyme. The caller says a word and the rest of the group covers a picture on their board if it rhymes with the word called. Click on the picture below to check out a resource I created to allow for some differentiation with my kidlets - it includes boards with pictures only, pictures + words, or words only with calling cards to match. :)
As soon as we move into reading and spelling rhyming words I include the teaching of word families. There's a tonne of great resources you can use for this concept but I love Marsha's Word Families Galore pack! It takes time to print and laminate everything but once you're done you're set for years! My favourite thing is the word wall I made using her cards - I hot glued them to coloured ribbon and it makes a gorgeous bulletin board full of rhyming words for the kidlets to reference as they work!
I also love this hands-on task that is essentially matching rhyming words just like the Duplo idea - except this one includes words for the kidlets to read when they are ready. Click on the image to see more!
Of course any rhyming fun must include lots of reading stories written by our favourite doctor! Dr. Seuss books are perfect for listening to and identifying rhyming words. After reading 'The Cat in the Hat' I love to have my kidlets invent their own character using the same rhyming pattern. This is a great way to see which children understand what rhyming means, who can choose 2 words that rhyme, and also who understands the spelling patterns involved.
And who can resist this gorgeous craft that makes an awesome classroom display? ;)