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When it comes to early literacy skills, rhyming is probably one of the easiest skills to practice.
You don’t need any special materials or supplies at all!
In fact, just listening to the rhyming words in a song and reading a rhyming story book are excellent ways to practice and there’s nothing special required for those at all!
If you’d like to find some new, fun ways to practice those rhyming skills this winter though, this rhyming snow globe memory game is for you!
Why is Rhyming Important?
There are a lot of different concepts that could fit under the umbrella of early literacy skills and they’re all pretty important.
These skills create the foundation on which the ability to read and write will be built on and among those, you’ll find rhyming.
Rhyming can be a lot of fun to practice which is good because it’s a fairly important skill.
Well, it helps children develop their phonemic awareness.
This, of course, is the knowledge that phonemes are the individual sounds that make up words. It also includes being able to identify and manipulate those sounds.
For example, being able to identify individual sounds within a word and then change them would allow a child to change the word hat into the word hot. Simply altering a single sound gives them an entirely new word.
Rhyming is a great way to practice this skill because they’ll need to separate the word into individual phonemes, or sounds, to find a rhyming word with the same ending sound.
Rhyming Snow Globes
Now, as I said before, rhyming is one of the easiest skills to practice with your preschoolers and kindergarteners because you don’t need anything special to do it.
But every once in a while, it’s nice to mix things up a bit with something new and this rhyming snow globe memory game is the perfect way to do it!
The rhyming pairs included are:
- hat and cat
- nut and cut
- pen and hen
- fin and bin
- pop and mop
- pet and net
- tap and map
- sit and mitt
Looking for more fun winter activity ideas? Here are a few of our favorites!
- Winter Books for Preschoolers
- Winter Snow Sensory Writing Tray
- Winter Rhyming Match Up Google Slides Activity
Prepping the Rhyming Snow Globes
When I was creating this resource, I knew that we wanted to use it as a memory matching game so I made sure to include a pattern on the back of the cards.
This was to make sure that you couldn’t see through the cards while playing the game.
This pattern will print automatically, you’ll just need to make sure that you change your printer settings to print on both sides of the page.
Then, once they’re all printed, just cut them out, and run them through your laminator.
Using the Rhyming Snow Globes
These rhyming snow globes were made to be a memory matching game, which is a fantastic activity for small groups.
Just lay them out, face down, on a table and let your preschoolers or kindergarteners take turns turning two cards over until they find a rhyming pair.
If you’d prefer to use it as an individual center activity, however, then simply have your students work on identifying and matching the pairs.