A fun way to practice rhyming is by incorporating fine motor skills. Use these pumpkin rhyming clip strips in your literacy centers to add fun and learning to your plans.
Pumpkin Rhyming Clip Strips
This fun fall activity comes with 15 different rhyming strips and recording sheets for students to use. They focus on CVC words, making rhyming super simple and fun while students are in centers.
The rhyming strips help kids with their rhyming skills by listening to the phonological sounds each word makes. You’ll hear the kids saying the words out loud before clipping their answers. This is so important because phonological awareness is the foundation of all literacy skills.
The kids will simultaneously learn rhyming words and phonological skills to boost their literacy confidence.
Super Simple Prep
This fun pumpkin activity is very easy to prep for your classroom. All you have to do is print, laminate, and cut the strips apart. You can also slip the whole sheet into a write-and-wipe pocket and use dry-erase markers on it or have students mark their answers with pumpkin mini erasers. They always find this to be super fun.
Grab the resource at the bottom of this post and then get yourself some cute clips for the kids to use. Place them in centers and you’re all set for fall!
Setting Up the Pumpkin Rhyming Clip Strips
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- Pumpkin Rhyming Clip Strips
- Clothespins, clips, or paperclips
- Laminator or write and wipe pockets (optional)
- Print the pumpkin rhyming strips. There are 3 strips on each page.
- Laminate the strips, if you wish.
- Cut the strips apart.
- Slide the strips, clothespins, or clips into a baggie or tray for easy storage and grab-and-go access.
Why Kids Need to Learn to Rhyme
Rhyming is an important skill because it teaches kids to recognize the phonological similarities between words. As they recognize these patterns, they will use them to read and write words that sound the same.
To use this activity, students will pick a card and look at the picture on the card. Then they will look at the picture choices and choose the one that rhymes with the original picture by clipping it with a clothespin.
Encourage your students to say the word pictures out loud before choosing the rhyming pair. You can even ask them to say the word on the pumpkin before they say each word on the strip to see if they can hear the rhyme.
This activity will give them a hands-on and engaging way to practice this important skill.
Ideas for Differentiation
We all want activities that students can do on their own. If you want to make this even more independent, add a small dot or sticker to the back of the card to indicate the correct answer. After students clip their choice, they can check their work by flipping it over.
Add these to small groups or independent centers for extra practice after teaching rhyming. They are also great for fast-finishers or for extra practice.
Add this engaging activity to your literacy centers for tons of rhyming fun and extra phonological practice.
Your kiddos will love these hands-on rhyming clip strips and will gain confidence as they work with them more and more. Who knew rhyming could be so simple?
Click the button below to get the pumpkin rhyming clip strips printable. Enjoy!