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Little Bo Peep Substitutions

As you chant rhymes like “Little Bo Peep,” substitute words to play with different rhymes. For example, use “dog” instead of “sheep.”

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Extending this activity

  • -As you chant familiar rhymes together, encourage the child to play with words by making substitutions. Sometimes the substitutions may rhyme, other times the substitutions may change the meaning of the rhyme.

    -Read "Goldilocks Has Chicken Pocks" and see how Erin Dealey playfully incorporates many familiar rhymes into this rhyming story.

Adjust for an older child

Allow the child to make meaningful substitutions in other familiar nursery rhymes (Twinkle Twinkle Little Mouse, Jack and Toad went up a road..).

Adjust for a younger child

Simply practice chanting the rhyme in a sing-song manner with the younger child and encourage him or her to join in.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Isolating and Manipulating Sounds

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