Simple rhyming words are a great way to teach young children about language and how letters can fit together to make new words and fun sounds. Besides contributing to their understanding of language, rhyming words are just plain fun, and sometimes silly -- things with a natural appeal to most toddlers and preschoolers. Pick up one of Dr. Seuss's books and read it to your preschooler to expose her to the fun of rhyming language. After you've read it for the umpteenth time (you'll be hearing "I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like them, Sam I am ..." in your sleep), tell your little one you're going to make your own rhyming book.
1 Print a letter pair at the top of each page of card stock. Neatly print four or five short rhyming words, evenly spaced down the left side of the page. For example, print the letters "-AT" at the top of one page, then print "BAT," "CAT," "HAT" and "RAT" down the side.
2 Print out small, funny clip art pictures of each rhyming word on the list. Glue the picture next to its corresponding word on the page. Or go old school and cut pictures out of magazines -- let your little one help find the right pictures and cut them out for each rhyming word list. If you're blessed with artistic talent, you can draw the pictures yourself, but if your drawing ability never got past the stick figure stage, these other sources of pictures might be your best bet.
3 Create eight to 10 pages of rhyming words that are familiar to young children. Stick to one-syllable words with common letter pairings such as "-AN," "-IT" and "-ING." Use words you can easily illustrate: man, can, fan, pan; sit, bit, hit, lit; and sing, king, ring and bring, for example. Leave a little space at the bottom of each page for your little one to add additional words that rhyme -- encourage her to think about other words that follow the pattern on each page.
4 Make a cover page for your book. Print the words "My Rhyming Book" on the front. Ask your tot to help you draw a few funny pictures on the front that represent some of the words in the book. Then print "By" and your names as the book's authors. He'll enjoy sharing "his" book with you and others, showing off his mastery of the rhyming words inside and feeling like a big boy because he helped you "write" a whole book.
5 Punch two or three evenly-spaced holes in the left margin of each page. Use the binder rings to join all the pages together so they can be turned smoothly. As an alternative, use smooth decorative cording in your child's favorite color to tie the pages together on the left edges.
Items you will need
- Heavy card stock
- Colored markers
- Old magazines
- Computer clip art
- Glue or paste
- Hole punch
- Binder rings
- Decorative cord
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