Little Miss Teacher Blog

By Clara Fiorentini

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

The Rhyme Bag

The Rhyme Bag is a handy little asset for the infant classroom.  It can have several uses but here are two which I would particularly recommend:

1. Nursery Rhymes:

Fill the rhyme bag with various items that feature in your nursery rhymes. (e.g. A Fish will represent 1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught a Fish Alive)

The chant:

"Pass the rhyme bag round and round, 
Round and round,
Pass the rhyme bag round and round, 
What will you get?"
(Sing to air of London Bridge)

Seat the children in a circle and pass the rhyme bag around as you all sing the chant. Whoever has the Rhyme Bag when the chant ends, closes their eyes and picks an item out of the bag.  The child must then decide which Nursery Rhyme it belongs to!

As time goes on and children learn more and more Nursery Rhymes, add in items that might feature in two or more  Nursery Rhymes, this allows for lots of debate, discussion and excitement between the little ones! (e.g. A spider features in Incy Wincy AND Little Miss Muffet.)

2. Teaching the concept of rhyming:

Rhyming can be a tricky concept for some to grasp. Playful approaches are best. Enter, 'The Rhyme Bag'. Same chant, same seating arrangement, same routine - this time however, you fill it with objects or images from the word families you want the children to know rhymes for e.g. cat, pig, peg, log etc. So when a child chooses an object from the bag, they must think of something that object rhymes with. Simple but effective!
As their learning progresses you can replace the objects or images with actual words and the children will have the challenge of reading the word then thinking about a rhyming word too.

Minimal prep, maximum learning!

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