Tall Ball Race

Tall Ball Race
Target text


Recognize words that rhyme with tall (e.g., Do tall and ball rhyme?) and produce rhyme words (e.g., Think of a word that rhymes with tall).

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Target Words:

  • ball
  • wall
  • crawl
  •  tall
  • small


  • Balls or crumpled paper 
  • A large area with a wall

The children will have a relay race using a ball as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with tall, such as all, ball, call, crawl, and small.

Literacy Activities
Relay race with a ball

  • Divide the children into teams and give each team one ball.
  • Have one child from each team race to the designated wall and back doing actions as follows:
    • Round 1: Hold the ball and crawl.
    • Round 2: Hold the ball high above the head and run "tall" with the ball.
    • Round 3: Hold the ball and run very small (squatting down and running very low to the ground).
  • Repeat the sequence of running to the wall as many times as needed to let every child have a turn.
  • While one child from each team races, have the other children who are waiting chant the following phrase:
    • Round 1: "Crawl, crawl, crawl with the ball!"
    • Round 2: "Tall, tall, tall with the ball!"
    • Round 3: "Small, small, small with the ball!"
  • Help the children recall the words they heard that rhyme with tall.

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Produce words that rhyme with ball

  • Remind the children of the words they played with that rhyme with tall.
  • Sit in a circle and roll the ball to each other
  • When a child receives the ball have them stand up tall and say a word that rhymes with tall (support as needed). 
  • After the child has shared a rhyming word, have the child pass the ball to another child.

Recognize rhyming words 

  • Have the children repeat a set of two words (e.g., ball, tall).
  • Ask the children to stand up tall if the words rhyme and stay down small if the words do not rhyme (support as needed).
  • Repeat with other sets of words: (e.g., call, stall; fall, mall; hall, cat; all, doll; brawl, crawl; wall, truck).


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Recognize and produce words that rhyme with tall.


  • Two balls
  • A large area to run in

Activity: Tall Ball Race

  • As you each hold a ball, race back and forth to a designated wall three times.
    • 1st time: Crawl with your ball.
    • 2nd time: Hold the ball high above your head and run “tall” with your ball.
    • 3rd time: Run small with the ball (squat down and run very low to the ground). 
  • While racing, repeat phrases like, “Crawl, crawl, crawl with the ball!” “Tall, tall, tall with the ball!” and “Small, small, small with the ball!”
  • Help your child recall the words he or she heard in the activity that rhyme with tall.
  • Sit on the ground across from each other and roll a ball back and forth to each other, saying a word that rhymes with tall each time you pass it.


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