Rhyming words wheels

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This is a great learning tool to help your child practise reading simple rhyming words. In phonics children learn about onsets and rimes to form rhyming words. The onset is a letter which starts a word (e.g. ‘m’ in ‘mat’) and the rime is a combination of letters which makes up a rhyming word (e.g. ‘at’ in ‘mat’). You can add lots of different onsets to make new words from the rime, such as ‘mat’, ‘bat’, ‘hat’, ‘sat’. These paper plate wheels help children match different onsets to rimes to read lots of rhyming words.
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What you need:

  • Paper plates (at least 2)
  • Paper fasteners
  • Felt-tip pens
  • Scissors

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Step 1: Cut out a window

Take one paper plate and cut out a small square (about 1cm by 1cm) about an inch away from the centre.

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Step 2: Fix two plates together

Place two paper plates together and place a paper fastener through the centre. Fold out the two wings of the pin at the back to secure in place.

On the top plate, next to your cut out square, write your rime. These are the two letters that will form the end of each rhyming word. On this wheel we have written the letters ‘at’. Use lower case letters.

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Step 3: Add the first letters

Level out the cut out square and the rime letters you have written (‘at’). Now write an initial (onset) letter in the box. We wrote a ‘c’. You will be writing this letter on the bottom plate, using the cut out square as a guide as to where to write.

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Step 4: Spin the wheel

Now spin the bottom wheel until the ‘c’ disappears and write another onset letter in the cut out box. Continue spinning the wheel and writing letters until you see your first letter (‘c’) appear in the cut out square again. For these rhyming words we wrote the letters c, s, m, f, b, h, r and p to make the words cat, sat, mat, fat, bat, hat, rat and pat when the wheel was spun.

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Step 5: Time to play

Now it’s time to play. Ask your child to spin the wheel until a letter appears in the window. Help them blend the beginning letter and the rime to make new words. We decorated our wheel by colouring in the edges to make it look prettier but this is just an extra flourish.

More rimes to try

You can make different wheels for different rhyming words. Rimes to try include:   -et, -ot, -op, – ot, -at, -ut, -an, -ig, -ab, -ag, -ack, -ap, -am, -ad, -ake, ate; -ed, -en, -ell, -eck, -eel, -est, -id, -ill, -ig, -ick, -ip, -ide, -ike; -ock, -og, -oat; -ug, -uck

 

See our Stomp and spell activity for more fun ways to learn first phonics and rhymes.

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