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Hopping Rhyming

Time to exercise! Begin with a short word like cat. Ask your child to hop with you each time you think of a rhyming word (hat, mat, etc.).

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Extending this activity

  • -Stress rhyming words using nursery rhymes. Allow the child to jump at rhyming words as you recite Little Jack Horner together (What word rhymes with Horner? Pie? Thumb?).

    -Read "Hop on Pop" by Dr. Seuss. Have the child hop every time a word rhymes with the line before it.

Adjust for an older child

Allow the child to think up and demonstrate rhyming words that he or she chooses. Some of the words may be “silly, made-up words”, but if they rhyme go ahead and hop to them. The goal is to playfully work with the concept of rhyming.

Adjust for a younger child

Encourage the child to repeat rhyming words that you model. Allow the child to see your mouth as you say the words.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Rhyming

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