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Rhyming can be contagious especially with children. Say a word, then let the children call out rhyming words until the possibilities are exhausted.
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Rhyming is like the flu: Often you dont know its coming on until it hits you, as when someone says, Give me the keys, please. Warning: Rhyming can be very contagious, especially among children. Say a word, then let the children call out rhyming words until the possibilities are exhausted. Depending on the childrens ages, you might want to accept nonsense words-after all, they do rhyme! When you have a long period of time to fill, try one of these rhyming games, which are appropriate for older children: Rhyming Ghost. Play Ghost, but instead of naming letters in sequence until a word is spelled, players take turns saying rhyming words until one player cannot think of another word that rhymes. That player gets a G as a penalty. The game continues with a new word each round. When players accumulate all the letters in the word ghost, they drop out of the game. Play until there is one player left in the game-the winner. Or quit while youre really ahead-when the kids begin to show signs of boredom. Hink Pink. This rhyming game will challenge older children. Players take turns coming up with clever definitions that will relate a pair of rhyming words. The player poses the definition as a question, and the other players try to guess the answer. For example, what is the name of the disease that makes plaid skirts lose their pleats? Kilt wilt! What do you call the god of love when he shoots the wrong person? Stupid Cupid! Thats a Hinky Pinky because there are two rhyming syllables; you can also make up Hinkety Pinketies for word pairs with three rhyming syllables. Limericks. Kids love to make up these five-line nonsense poems. Using the popular formula, There once was a from they can make up silly poems in the classroom, at home, or even on-the-go. Limericks can be about members of the family, friends, or imaginary people. For example: There once was a sister named Mary Who packed more than she could possibly carry. From New York to Lancaster, We all moved right past her, Cause that suitcase caused Mary to tarry. There once was a boy named Len Brown Who drove south with his window rolled down. The sun hit the van And gave him a tan Before Lenny ever left town!

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