Rhyme in Time

Basic Activity Info

Activity Type: 

  • Physical
  • Transition
Age Group: 
6-9 yrs
9-12 yrs
13+ yrs
Time Requirement: 

Group Size: 

  • Large Group
  • Medium Group
  • Small Group

Play Area: 

  • Classroom (small indoor space)
  • Gymnasium (large indoor space)
  • Outdoor - Field

Fundamental Skills: 

  • Catch
  • Throw

When a participant catches the ball, they have to say a word that rhymes with the starting word.


One ball, beanbag, or any object that participants can throw and catch.

Set Up: 

Have participants stand or sit in a circle. If there are more than 15 participants, you can divide them into two groups and set up two circles.

Step by Step: 
  1. One participant in the circle will start with the object to be thrown.
  2. That participant, or the leader, will start by saying any word (minus orange, of course).
  3. That is the word that each participant has to rhyme with. 
  4. The participant with the ball will throw it to any participant, that participant will catch it and say a word that rhymes with the original word.
  5. If a participant cannot think of a word in 5 seconds, says a word that doesn't rhyme, or repeats a word, then they have to sit down (or do a set activity, or lie down).
  6. They get back in the game when another participant does one of those things above. 
  7. Optional: If a participant drops the object then they sit down, or if it was a bad throw, then the thrower sits down.
  8. Each time a participant sits down, a new word is selected. 
  9. Optional: Have participants pass the object in a circle, instead of throwing it to any participant.
  10. Optional: Once a participant is sitting down, they stay down until the next game. The final participant standing wins.
Safety Considerations: 

Ensure participants are aware and prepared to catch the object.

Adaptations (General): 

Don't use an object, just go around in a circle.
Play using categories instead of rhyming. If the category is colours, then participants will have to say a colour when they catch the ball. Other categories could be: subjects in school, Disney movies, sports, animals at the zoo, objects in a living room, countries, and so on.


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