Rhythm and Rhyme

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By Hilary White

The ability to detect the rhythms of spoken language and identify rhyming words is one of the foundations of literacy development. Try these fun little activities to help children of all ages develop their awareness of rhythm and rhyme.

Early years children

What to do

Clapping names

Start off by clapping names of one syllable (Kim, Joe, Ben). Move on to clapping names with two syllables (An-dre, Phoe-be, Ma-lik) and three syllables (Will-i-am, Sam-an-tha, Mad-i-son). Combine the names in different ways to make repeating rhythms:

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