Rainy Day Umbrella Rhyming Matchups

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PreK - 1st
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Match the raindrops! Practicing rhymes is fun with this hands-on rhyming activity with a rain, weather, and umbrellas theme.   This simple rhyming game is perfect for ELA or literacy centers in preschool, prek, kindergarten, SPED, and RTI.

20 umbrella and raindrop mats: Each mat features an image.  The images are mostly short words with blends and fairly easy to rhyme.  4 mats are provided for each middle vowel.  Only short vowels are used.
20 raindrop cards:Each raindrop card features an image that rhymes with only one mat.  

How to play:  
This activity is best suited for children who have already been introduced to the concept of rhyming and can identify rhymes in songs and stories. This rhyming printable is great as an individual activity or a group activity. To play:

1. Line up the mats and name the picture.
2. Place the individual raindrop cards in a stack.
3. Pick up a raindrop card and name the picture.
4. Look for the rhyming mat and place the raindrop card on it.
IMPORTANT: Be sure to name the images with your students to ensure they have the vocabulary to do this activity. They may not recognize the image if you don’t name it.

Rhyming Pairs Used:  

Activity Suggestions and Variations
• Use in your literacy center or station for individual work
• Use in a small group activity or game
• Add velcro to the back of the cards to create a file folder game
• Add magnets to the back of the cards to use on a cookie sheet or magnetic board
• Add the raindrop cards to a weather themed sensory bin and pull out to match with the mats

Other ways to use these cards:
• If you have spellers in your class, use the raindrop cards with magnetic letters or a movable alphabet to spell the raindrop words
• Print two copies of the raindrop cards to make a simple matching activity
• Sort the raindrop cards by middle vowel
• Use magnetic letters to identify the initial sounds on the mats

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