The important thing to learn from this post is that rhyming words DO NOT have to be real words. Playing with a name like Santa is a great way to introduce the concept of rhyme and to make it clear to parents and teachers that it is perfectly okay to use “silly words” or “nonsense words” when producing rhymes.
What could be more fun and motivating than 1) talking about Santa this time of year and 2) playing with the beginning sound of each child’s name? Enter a silly song aptly named “Silly Name Game.”
“Santa, santa, now we’ll start with P. Panta Panta, now we’ll start with W. Wanta, Wanta…” You get the idea. It’s the super simple and highly repetitive lyrics that keep kids engaged and help them learn.
While this is a great introduction to rhyming and can be used with young children, it also a fabulous introduction to the skills of onset-rime blending and phoneme manipulation.
The chorus of this song is as follows:
“Let’s play a silly name game, we’ll change the first sound of (Santa’s) name. We’ll start by singing (Santa’s) name. Always end the same.”
Insert your child’s name for the next verse:
“Let’s play a silly name game, we’ll change the first sound of (Sammie’s) name. We’ll start by singing (Sammie’s) name. Always end the same. Sammie, Sammie, now we’ll start with Z. Zammie, Zammie, now we’ll start with…”
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