Easter Egg Rhyming Puzzles
I love using all kinds of Easter egg activities in my classroom during March and April. And when I can include academic skills with the Easter eggs, that’s even better! I created these Easter egg rhyming puzzles for a fun small group literacy activity. They can also be used as an independent literacy center. Here are a few ideas for using the rhyming puzzles during the Easter season in your own preschool or kindergarten classroom.
Small Group Easter Egg Rhyming Activity
Lay half of each egg out on the small group table. Place the remaining Easter egg halves in an Easter basket. Have each student choose a piece, name the picture word, and look for a rhyming word on the eggs on the table. For children who need extra support, they can match the color and the puzzle piece shape first. Then, you can guide them in naming the pictures and noticing how they rhyme.
Independent Literacy Center
Be sure you laminate the puzzle pieces for durability! Shuffle all the pieces, and place them in a colorful Easter basket. Encourage students to match the rhyming parts together. Let students use the recording page to illustrate a pair of rhyming words, so they can document their learning.
Rhyming Words Outdoor Egg Hunt
Take the egg halves outside and hide them all over the playground. Take students outside, and encourage them to go on an egg hunt. However, the goal is not to see how many individual pieces they can find. Instead, students should try to see how many matching rhyming pairs they can find. You may even want to consider assigning partners to participate in the rhyming egg hunt together.
Memory Match Game
To help children practice visual discrimination, lay the puzzle pieces face down. Students can use visual cues to pick out two eggs that *could* fit together, then turn those two over. If they have rhyming words, that’s a match. If not, they turn them back over and it’s the next player’s turn. This is trickier than it looks and is great for critical thinking in preschoolers!
Extending the Learning
After students complete the rhyming pairs, guide students in creating a shared writing chart. Help students notice the rhyming chunk in each word. Then, have them brainstorm 3 more words that belong to that word family. Record these words on the chart. Students will enjoy referring back to this chart with the confidence that they can “read” these words.
Ready to use these Easter Egg Rhyming Puzzles with your own little learners?
For added fun, check out this Easter Write the Room Activity perfect for Pre-k and K!
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