After making the Toilet Paper Roll Books last week, I started thinking about ways that I could reuse my paper towel rolls too. After pondering for a while, I finally came up with a fun word family interactive activity using paint stirrer sticks as well!
The game is played by letting the child pull out the inside and create words by using a different beginning sound (onset) with a similar ending sound (rime). Words that have the same ending sound (rime) rhyme! :)
Here’s what you’ll need: paper towel rolls (flattened), paint stirrer sticks (they give them out for free at home improvement stores…but to be courteous, ask first), scrapbook paper, yarn, white cardstock, a gluestick, and a marker. Optional: laminator and hot glue gun.
|1. Cut the scrapbook paper to size and cover the flattened paper towel rolls using a glue stick.|
|2. Drill a hole through the end of each paint stirrer stick…be careful not to splinter the super-soft wood. I just used a screw driver because I couldn’t find our drill. Even if I would have found it, I don’t know how to use it. That’s what Prince Charming is for. :)|
|Paper towel rolls covered and holes in the paint sticks…check, check!|
|3. Add the “rimes” (ending of the word…that part that rhymes) of your choice of word families. I used mailing labels that I had lying around. Here are the word families I chose “ack”, “an”, “op”, “at”.|
|4. Cut a piece of cardstock to fit inside the paper towel roll. Add the onsets (beginning of the word), with a large space between each onset. You could just skip this step and write the letters directly onto the paint stirrer stick too.|
|Optional: If you’re having an out-of-the ordinary annil day like I was, laminate them.|
|5. Hole punch each one to fit on top of the paint stirrer stick.|
|6. Double hole-punch the top only of each paper towel roll.|
|7. Attach the onset to the paint stirrer stick using hot glue. Or you could have just written them directly onto the paint stick.|
|8. Run a piece of yarn through the double-hole punch on the paper towel roll and then on the paint stick. Tie. This will keep your children from losing the inside piece.|
|Get ready to rhyme for a real good time!|