Activity Name: Let’s “Flip” Out on Rhymes!
In “Pig’s Big Moonlight Feast”, Pig is too sick to cook, so his WordFriends™ use rhyming to prepare the feast. This creative activity helps you and your child explore how words that end with the same sound are words that rhyme.
Related Episode: 110 B. Pig’s Big Moonlight Feast.
Age Range: 3-5
- Identifying words that rhyme.
- Matching words to pictures.
- Writing letters.
Subjects: Language, literacy, art, fine motor.
- Construction paper.
- Stapler or
- “O” rings and hole puncher.
- Talk with your child about how some words sound the same at the end and that these are called rhyming words. Explain that words that rhyme are in the same word family.
- Give them some examples. You can use the words that rhyme in the episode: cake and rake, pie and tie, corn and horn. Write them down so they can see the similarities as well as hear them.
- Cut a rectangle of construction paper approximately 3″ X 6″. Then cut 2-3 smaller pieces of paper approximately 1-1/2″ X 3″.
- List 3-4 words in the “ake” word family: cake, rake, take, make, etc.
- Write the first word (e.g. cake) on the larger piece of paper, spreading the letters out as evenly as possible. Encourage your child to write the letters if possible by tracing or copying them.
- Then, write the first letter of the other words (e.g. “r” for rake, “t” for take and “m” for make) on the smaller pieces of paper.
- Attach the smaller letter pieces over the “c” of cake by stapling them one on top of each other. Or you can punch holes through the top of smaller pieces and connect them to the larger piece with a small metal “O” ring.
- Read the top word with your child. As you turn over each of the smaller pieces with a different first letter, notice how changing just the first letter makes a whole new word.
- Share your book with family and friends!
Variation: Create more flip books with different word families. You can use words that have blends (st, try, pl) at the beginning of the words instead of one letter.
Take it Further:
- Draw or find pictures that match the different words in the word family. Match these up to each word as you turn the pages.
- Play rhyming games with your child as you wait in line at the store. Look around and encourage them to think of rhyming words with something you see or hear.
- Try to think of words that rhyme with your child’s name. Make up nonsense words if you can–they are even more fun then real words!