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Communication & Language and Phonics

Communication and Language


Listen to the story of “The Crunching Munching Caterpillar” that I have posted on Tapestry together and answer these questions:

  • What do you think will happen next?

  • Who did caterpillar meet first?

  • What could the sparrow do that the caterpillar wished he could do?

  • What happened when caterpillar woke up from his long sleep?

  • If you could be any minibeast, what would you be? Why?

  • Do you know any other animals that change? (egg > hen. Frogspawn > frog).




This week we are continuing to think about rhyming before moving on to a new focus next week. Reading rhyming stories and singing rhyming songs is a really important way to practise this skill. You could also make up silly rhymes for each other’s names (e.g Dan the Man, Ben 10, Late Kate) or as you go about your daily routines “come and have your toast, while I read the post!” “Now it’s time for lunch, hear your food go crunch” “Let’s go for a walk, and on the way we’ll talk.”



Here are some games you might like to play to reinforce the skill of rhyming:


Rhyming Pairs – find items that rhyme from around your home. You could either go and find these together or prepare them before-hand (e.g. hat and mat, rice and dice, cap and map, toy car and jar, sock and clock, pan and can, ted and bread, socks and box). Lay them all out on the table and see if your child can find the pairs of items. Say each pair together, emphasising the rhyming sounds.



Odd One Out – use rhyming items from around your house (there are some examples in the game above) and find some other items that do not rhyme. Lay three items in front of your child e.g. a pan, a sock and a can. Ask your child to say the name of each item and to identify the odd one out, that does not rhyme. Move the odd one out away and say the rhyming pair.


Rhyming Soup – cut up paper into squares and draw different items on each one (a frog, a dog, a cat, a hat, a pen, a hen, a bee and a tree). Place the images face up on the table and mixed up. Give your child a bowl and a wooden spoon. They need to find the rhyming pairs and put them in the bowl, stirring them up to make rhyming soup and singing the “Rhyming Soup Song” to the turn of Pop Goes the Weasel:


“Today we’re making rhyming soup,

With words that end the same way,

We put the pairs into the bowl,

And mix, mix mix aw-ay!”



You could also use these cards to play snap or pair (by turning them all over and taking turns to choose two cards and see if they rhyme. If they do, you can keep them. If they don’t, turn them back over).



Here are some more great Alphablocks episodes that include rhyme:

And here are some more rhyming stories that you might like to share together: