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Storytime with Rhymes
Type: Reading   Skills: Critical ThinkingLanguage & Literacy
This activity focuses on the importance of poetry & rhyme for kids. You’ll learn how to incorporate a picture game into any classic rhyming story, such as “Oh, A-Hunting We Will Go.” Storytime with Rhymes
What We Learn
Through this activity, kids will learn to detect rhyme and focus on the sound structure of words. They’ll also develop their phonemic awareness by listening for beginning sounds in words. Finally, they will learn sound/letter correspondence – which is connecting a letter with the sound it makes by listening to the sound as it’s being said.
Supply List
Books (Featured in our show: “Oh, A-Hunting We Will Go” by John Langstaff. And “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” by Nadine Bernard Westcott.)
Popsicle sticks
Prepare for this activity by cutting out images from a magazine of the rhyming words mentioned in the classic story, “A-Hunting We Will Go.” These words include: fox, box, fish, dish, bear, hair, etc. If you prefer, you can draw these images on a piece of paper instead.

Glue each of these cut-out images to each popsicle stick.

Then read (or sing) to your group of kids the story “Oh, A-Hunting We Will Go.” After you’ve performed the story, ask the kids to help you tell the story one more time. Lay out the popsicle sticks which have images of different rhyming words from the story.

When you get to the part of the story with one of the rhyming words, encourage the kids to help the story along by calling out the next rhyming word in the story (such as fox, box, fish, dish, etc.) and grabbing the popsicle stick of the corresponding image.

Feel free to repeat this activity with other classic rhymes, such as “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly,” “Humpty Dumpty,” or “Hickory, Dickory, Dock.”
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