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Lately, NJoy (at 3.5 years of age) has been exploring rhyming all on his own. I’ve listened in as he’s said things like, “chimp and bimp; they rhyme.” Many times, it’s made up words and sometimes it’s WAY off; but for the most part, he’s got it! NJoy also has a thing for The Cat in the Hat. So much so, that he was The Cat in the Hat for Halloween this past year.
So, to honor Dr. Seuss’ upcoming birthday on March 2 (and to combine his love for The Cat in the Hat) we spent our week rhyming away. Yes, I know we did our celebrating a little early, but if all goes according to plan, I will be in the hospital on March 2nd, doing my own celebrating of our little one being born! Exciting!
I also put a few rhyming books out for MBug. She found her beloved Brown Bear, right away.
Rhyme Time Activities
Most of the rhyming activities you’ll see in this post are ones that I created in my Rhyme Time Packet. You can download by clicking on the image above or HERE.
Rhyming with File Folder Games: I had a few file folder games (from Carson Dellosa) in my files. I pulled them out and he rhymed away!
The Cat in the Hat Games
The objective: To listen to the rhyme to find The Cat in the Hat. Prep work: I took this coloring page picture and shrunk the cat by 50% on my scanner, colored, and laminated him. I picked 6 pictures: fox, bell, bug, hat, dish & dog to put in the pocket chart. (My pictures came from my teaching files, but you can find FREE pictures in every lesson of Reading the Alphabet). I asked NJoy to close his eyes while I hid the cat behind one of the pictures. Then, I gave this clue: “The Cat in the Hat is hiding behind the picture that rhymes with bat.”
The next few activities all came from Making Learning Fun.
Cat in the Hat coloring page: Except for the red tummy (oops!), he tried his hardest to color his cat just like The Cat in the Hat. He even drew in his own black tail.
Cat in the Hat Beginning Letter Sounds-He did GREAT with this! I picked 8 random letters to print off and laminate: B, F, H, K, L, R, W, & Z.
Cat in the Hat Craft
I pre-cut strips of colored construction paper (red, orange, yellow, blue, green, and white–about 8 of each color) and modeled how to make different colored patterns with my strips of paper. Then, I let them choose the colors they wanted to make their own patterned hats.
I hope you enjoy Dr. Seuss’ birthday as much as we did!