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. I knew right away we had to do some Hop on Pop activities. (After all, who can resist having fun with a Dr. Seuss book?)
Since Hop on Pop is full of rhymes, I thought it would be appropriate to do some work with rhyming words.
I decided to make these simple sight word tools that used some of the same rhyming words you find in the book.
You can easily make these sight word tools at home to practice early reading skills and rhyming. All you need is a couple empty cardboard tubes and some strips of colorful paper. I used a couple paint sample strips on ours.
Simply wrap the paper strip around one end of the tube and tape the paper together to form a circle that fits snugly around the tube. On the cardboard tube write the end part of rhyming words, for instance “all.” Then on the paper strip write the beginning letters for the words. If you use a paint strip like we did, you can write one letter on each colored square of the paint strip. On mine I wrote “T,” “B,”, “C,” and “F.” By twisting the paper strip you can create words that rhyme (tall, ball, call, fall).
For another simple rhyming activity you will need a pack of rhyming words flash cards. Pull out several sets of rhyming pairs from your deck and read the cards aloud. Have your child match the rhyming words.
Finally, let the kids have fun with this moving activity for Hop on Pop.
Write the word “pop” on a couple sheets of paper. Then play a little game of “Hop on Pop.”
Ask your child to, “hop, hop on pop.” Watch the giggles begin as they hop up and down on the word. Next, tell them to “Stop! You must not hop on pop!”
To give it a little variety (and help work on those listening skills) try a few variations. “Hop on pop with your hands on your head.” “Hop on pop with your hands on your waist.” You can also try whispering the directions.
We had so much fun with these Hop on Pop activities! In fact, my kids wouldn’t let me get rid of the pieces of paper later; they want to play again. I guess Dr. Seuss really never does go out of style!
Looking for more Dr. Seuss activities?
Check out some more of our super fun Seuss posts:
- Simple Cat in the Hat Craft
- Book Activities for Hop on Pop
- Daisy-Head Mayzie Craft
- Craft for I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today
- Yertle the Turtle Game
- Dr. Seuss-Inspired Sensory Bin