Dr. Seuss just never goes out of style!
I remember reading Hop on Pop when I was little, and I couldn’t wait to share it with my own kids. They must have liked it, because as soon as I finished reading it they both shouted, “Again!”
I knew right away we had to have some fun with this book. (Who can resist having fun with a Dr. Seuss book?)
Since the book is full of rhymes, I thought it would be appropriate to do some work with rhyming words.
All you need is a couple empty toilet paper tubes and some strips of paper. I used a couple paint sample strips to give it a little more color. Wrap the paper strip around the tube and then tape the paper together to form a circle that will fit snugly around the tube.
On the cardboard tube write the end part of the rhyming words, for instance “all.” Then on the paper strip write the beginning letters for the words. On mine I have “T,” “B,”, “C,” and “F.” By twisting the paper strip you can create words that rhyme. I plan on making a few more of these for sight words in the future!
Continuing with our rhyming work, I got out a pack of flashcards we have that deals with rhyming. I pulled out 6 cards at at a time (3 sets of rhyming pairs) and then read the cards aloud. My preschoolers made the matches.
By then it was time for some moving! What better than to “hop on pop?”
I wrote the word “pop” on a couple sheets of paper. And then we played a little game of “Hop on Pop.” Paraphrasing from the book I told them to, “Hop, hop on pop,” and then I’d tell them, “Stop! You must not hop on pop!” They had fun hopping and stopping when directed. To give it a little variety (and help work on those listening skills) I started to tell them to, “Hop on pop with your hands on your head,” “Hop on pop with your hands on your waist,” and other variances. I also started to whisper the directions.
They had so much fun they wouldn’t let me get rid of the pieces of paper later; they want to play again!
Dr. Seuss’ birthday is coming up! Be sure to stop in next week for a list of great ways to celebrate this wonderful author and some of his fun books!
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