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Searching for Rhyming Pairs

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia Of Learning Center Activities For Children 3 to 6

Toys & Games/Manipulatives/Table Toys/Fine Motor




Receptive Language




3 through 4 Years Old


Small Group

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8 1/2 ” x 11” tagboard or medium cardstock
picture of a detective
20 colored pictures of rhyming objects
scissors or paper cutter
pocket charts


1. Send children on a hunt for rhyming words with this center.
2. Write the activity title on a piece of 8 1/2 ” x 11” tagboard paper (for example,
“Searching for Rhyming Pairs”). Write the directions underneath: “Place cards
on the word wall to make rhyming pairs.” Glue a detective picture to it.
3. Find 20 pictures of rhyming objects. Enlarge, if necessary, so that they are
about 3” in size.
4. Use scissors or a paper cutter to cut the objects to fit into the pocket charts.
5. Laminate the title card and picture cards for durability and cut them out.
6. Hang the pocket charts at children’s eye level and gather the children
around the charts.
7. Insert the title card into the top pocket of the chart. Put half of the cards in
the chart, leaving empty pockets for their mates. Pass out the remaining
cards and discuss the pictures in the chart. Ask the children if anyone has
found a rhyming pair.
8. Continue until all pairs have been made.
9. For added fun, make a file jacket with an answer key (colored picture or scan
of completed pocket chart) on the back. Use it to store the activity and for
children to self-check their work in this center.

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