rug race

Rug Race
Target text


Recognize and name the letter R.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • rug
  • race
  • rest
  • red


  • Two rugs, carpet squares, or towels
  • Two stuffed animals or toys
  • Race and Rest signs
  • Red R flags
  • Popsicle sticks or straws
  • Handwriting practice page


The children will ride on rugs and race as they recognize and name the letter R.

Literacy Activities
Rug race to R

  • Use masking tape to make a start and a finish line at opposite ends of the room.
  • Write the letter R on a whiteboard, name the letter, and have the children write the R in the air with their fingers.
  • Have the children circle the letter R in the Race and Rest signs.
  • Place the Race sign and rugs at the start line and place the Rest sign and the red R flags at the finish line.
  • Divide the children into two teams and have each team stand in a single file line behind a rug.
  • Place a stuffed animal or toy on each rug, then have the first child in each line gently drag the rug to the Rest line.
  • Invite the other children waiting in line to cheer for their team by chanting, “Race to the R!”
  • When the children reach the Rest line, have them touch the R flag and say, “R!” and then gently drag the rug back to the starting line.
  • Repeat until all of the children have pulled a toy on the rug to the Rest line.

More Practice
Identify the target letter

  • Make a list on the board of the R words used throughout the activity (e.g., rug, race, rest, red).
  • Allow the children to circle the letter R in each word.

Write the target letter

  • Give the children the handwriting practice page.
  • Let the children trace the letters, then write the letter R on their own using the lines as a guide.
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SEEL At Home



Recognize and name the letter R.


  • Rug, carpet square, or towel
  • Stuffed animal or toy
  • Letter cards

Activity: Rug Race

  • Help your child write the letter R on a piece of paper and have him or her name the letter.
  • Place a rug (or a pretend rug) at one end of the room and the R paper your child made at the other end of the room.
  • Set a stuffed animal or toy on the rug with the letter cards, then have your child gently drag the rug to the other side of the room.
  • When your child reaches the R paper, have your child place the letter cards on the sign and say, "R!"
  • Have your child sit on the rug and gently pull him or her back to the other side of the room.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.


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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.