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Laundry Riddles

Blend the beginning and ending of words together to see if your child can identify that item of clothing (j+eans, sh+irt, etc.).

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Extending this activity

  • -Read "A Huge Hog is a Big Pig" by Francis McCall and encourage your child to use his knowledge of onsets and rimes to guess these animal riddles.

    -Play this riddle game as you drive in the car. Suggested one-syllable words could be sky, cloud, car, truck, store, etc.

Adjust for an older child

Invite the older child to brainstorm other words with the same rime. For the word “shirt”, he or she may think of “skirt” or “dirt”.

Adjust for a younger child

As you fold clothes, hold up different items while slowly modeling the combination of onset and rime. For example, “Here is your /sh/…/irt/. That says SHIRT!”

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Isolating and Manipulating Sounds

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2 thoughts on “Laundry Riddles

  1. It might be helpful to spell RHYME like we do at school not rime.

    Definition of rime -an accumulation of granular ice tufts on the windward sides of exposed objects that is formed from supercooled fog or cloud and built out directly against the wind. (Merriam-Webster)

  2. Thanks for this question! This is a common area of confusion. The word “rime” is also used in school standards such as “Blend and segment onsets and rimes of single-syllable spoken words.” For example, two words may rhyme (mean, green) but they do not share the same rime (-ean, -een). Rhyme refers to the sound of the words and the rime is related to how we see the word spelled in print. The rime is often referred to as a word family so words like cat, hat, rat, mat, etc. all share the same rime. Thanks for checking with us on this! Please let us know if you have more questions!

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