Who Had the Doodad?


Recognize words that rhyme with doodad (e.g. "Do had and doodad rhyme?") and produce rhyme words (e.g. "Think of a word that rhymes with doodad."). 

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • had
  • doodad
  • glad


  • Small object (paper clip, eraser, bolt, nut, washer, screw, nail)
  • Music (optional)

The children will play a game to find a doodad as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with doodad, such as  had, glad, mad, and lad.

Practice the skill within an activity
Who Had the Doodad? game

  • Have the children sit on the floor in a circle and tell them that a doodad is a little object whose name you have forgotten.
  • Explain the rules of the game, Who Had the Doodad
    • One child will be "it" and stand off to the side, facing away from the game, while all the other children sit in a circle. 
    • One child sitting in the circle will be given the doodad and will start passing it quietly around the circle. 
    • Play music (optional) or have the children say, "Who had the doodad?" while the doodad is passed from child to child. 
    • Stop the music or say, "Stop doodad!" and have all of the children pretend to hold the doodad in their hands, whether they have it or not. 
    • The child who is "it" will turn around and go from child to child asking, "Do you have the doodad?" 
    • When the child holding the doodad is found, that child will say, "I had the doodad!" and will be "it" for the next round. 
  • Point out that the word had rhymes with doodad.

The doodad chant

  • As a class, make up a chant using -ad words about being glad that you found the doodad (e.g.; "I'm not sad. I'm not mad. I am glad because we had the doodad!")
  • March around in a circle and say the chant together. Each time you say a word that rhymes with had, have the children raise their hands, clap, or stomp extra loud.

Apply the skill
Produce words that rhyme with had

  • Remind the children of the words they played with (had, doodad, glad).
  • Tell them you can think of other words that rhyme with had (dad, sad, lad).  
  • Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with had
  • If a child doesn't respond in a few seconds, give him or her an option:  
    • "How about bad? Does bad rhyme with had?" (Nod your head yes) 
    • "Do had and sad rhyme?" (Nod your head yes)

Recognize rhyming words 

  • Have the children repeat a set of two words (e.g. had, mad)
  • Ask the children to show you a glad face if the words rhyme and a sad face if the words do not rhyme.
  • Repeat with other sets of words: (e.g., fad, bad; tad, Chad; lad, cat; glad, dad; pad, dog; rad, sad).

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Recognize and produce words that rhyme with had.


  • Pictures of three people (can be photos or pictures from magazines)
  • Several small pieces of paper with doodad written on them

Activity: Who Had the Doodad?

  • Place the pictures on a table and have your child close his or her eyes while you hide a "doodad" under one of the pictures.
  • Have your child open his or her eyes and guess which picture the doodad is under by saying, "He/She had the doodad!" 
  • If your child guesses correctly, then he or she gets to keep the doodad.
  • Switch roles and have your child hide a doodad under one of the pictures and have you guess who had the doodad.
  • Repeat the game until there are no doodads left.
  • Count how many doodads each person had (e.g., one doodad, two doodads, three doodads, etc.) and see who had the most doodads.
  • Remind your child that had and doodad rhyme, then take turns saying words that rhyme with had (e.g., sad, glad, rad, fad, lad).


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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.A: Recognize and produce rhyming words.