Basic craft : The Rhymeboard

The Rhymeboard in this book shows the central area of the original rhymeboard which carried extra squares representing the vowel-ended rhymes (see, say, sigh, etc.) and some double consonant- ended (ch, sh, nk, etc.). Each square on the worksheet represents a different constant-ended rhyme.

The board game is played by players moving coloured counters square by square (side to side, or diagonally for a faster game) according to the number of words they can list that rhyme with the sound on the square they are starting from.
Although the original board was designed to allow play between four people (who often became four teams) the sheet can be used for two person or individual play.
Two players can play space-capturing games along the lines of Go; individual players can, for instance, try to see how quickly they can complete it giving one word for each square.

Players can list their words directly onto their copy of the worksheet but in the board game a referee wrote down each list of rhymes which were given to the players after the game.
This was because, although the game, the simple rhyming, is a good exercise in itself, the players were then invited to try other more developed rhyming activities - limericks and pentameter and challenging each other by giving three rhymed words which the other player had to use as the last words of three lines of a four line verse.

We also provided `plans', like that given for the pantoum, of such often used rhyme schemes as sonnet, terza rima and ballad.

It is advisable to read a rhyming dictionary before leading this workshop.

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Windows Workshops Dave Calder, The Windows Project ,1997,1998,1999,2009