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18th May - 22nd May

Last week we looked at the story The Smeds and the Smoos by Julia Donaldson.

The Smeds were red


The Smoos were blue...


Do you know why a Smed is red and a Smoo is blue?


Well here is a clue, for you, this week we are going to do...

some rhyming!


I have tried to find rhyming games that can be played online but have really struggled to find anything that is either appropriate, or that works properly!

I have therefore put a number of activities below that you could do with your child this week to help develop their understanding of rhyme - as always, they can be done in any order

I have also included the link to Twinkl which has downloadable worksheets or paper based games that you can choose to do should you wish to/ are able to print. There are also some lovely games that are PPt based, but I am unsure whether you would be able to use them if you don't have PPt on your device... You have to pay a subscription fee to access some activities, but others are free - you just have to join.

I will keep looking for things over the week, and add anything that I find!

Here are some songs that you can sing, and exercise to,

to help practise your rhyming skills...


Some children pick up the idea of rhyming far quicker that others. Some can just get how to rhyme, and others need the process spelling out to them - literally!!!


Start off with the game below 'Make a silly rhyming string' to get an idea of your child's understanding of rhyme. You will probably need to do a few yourself first so that they get the idea, and then take it from there.


If your child is struggling, try writing e.g. 'cat' on a piece of paper the cut off the 'c' and add e.g. 'b' and show them how the 'at' stays the same but the sound at the beginning changes it into the new word 'bat' keep repeating this with other initial letters but keeping the 'at' the same.

(This can be done with any ending, but 'at' is an easy one)


Here are some ideas of activities that you could do... - most of them are variations based around the same game 'Make a silly rhyming string'


Make a silly rhyming string

This is a list of words that all rhyme, but they don't have to be 'real' words... some could be 'alien' words, as long as they all rhyme

e.g. cat, hat, fat, wat, gat, mat, plait, splat

       pig, wig, jig, lig, flig, splig


keep the 'rhyme' part of the word - (the end sound) - 'at' and 'ig' shown above - simple, and check yourself in your head that a word will be easy to rhyme... I've just looked at my 'curtain' as a possible idea of using something in the room to find rhymes with and very quickly realised that it wasn't a good word to find rhymes for... even alien word rhymes.


Good 'ending' for rhyme are -

'at'  - cat                           'ig' - pig                        'en' - hen                    'an' - pan                   'ap' - map

'ill' - till                              'ox' - fox

there are absolutely loads more, these will just get you going.

REMEMBER - the word doesn't have to be spelt the same at the end, it just needs to 'sound' the same

- socks and fox still rhyme!


Extend this game...


Write the rhyming string down using your phonic skills -

don't focus too much on correct spelling in this game, but more on whether they are using an appropriate phoneme for the sound.

e.g. if wrote - two, blue, screw, clue, glue, moo, flew, ,  - that would be AMAZING - but somewhat unexpected at this age...

but if they wrote - two, blew, screw, clew, moo, gloo, flew, - this would be fine as it shows that they know some different ways of making the 'ew' sound!

You could then go back and look at each word and discuss whether they had chosen the correct 'ew' sound, and show them how the word is 'really' spelt, looking at the different ways of making the same sound.


Sort the words into their correct strings -

The adult needs to write two rhyming strings of their own which they then cut up, shuffle and lay on the table/ floor. The child then needs to read the words and sort them into their 2 rhyming strings again. (keep them simple enough for your child to be able to read) 

You could make this trickier by having 3 different rhyming strings for them to sort, or by including alien words which require more decoding - just don't make it so hard that they don't want to play.

Maybe you could ten fasten them together into a rhyming paper chain...

Maybe the child could set up the game for their parent to sort...


Act out a rhyming pair for your partner to guess

This was a game that my 7 year old suggested, not sure how easy it would be, but it sounded fun...

One person thinks of a rhyming pair e.g. 'cat' and 'sat' and then have to act out their words for the other to guess...

pretend to be a cat... then sit down!!!

Have a go... it could be fun!



Julia Donaldson's stories are fantastic rhyming stories, but there are loads of others.


Have a look on your bookshelf and see whether you can find a rhyming story. Read the story together with your child and see whether they can pick out the rhyming words as you read - you may need to emphasize the words that rhyme in a rather dramatic way, and re-read a page a number of times before they begin to notice!!! 

Have a go!