Clay Play


Recognize words that rhyme with clay (e.g., do play and clay rhyme?) and produce rhyme words (e.g., think of a word that rhymes with clay). 

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • clay
  • play
  • gray
  • spray
  • tray
  • today
  • pay


  • Clay (gray, if possible)
  • Trays
  • Spray bottle(s) filled with water
  • Pretend money

State and model the objective 
Tell the children they will play with clay and practice saying words that rhyme with clay.

Practice the skill within an activity

Today we play with clay

  • Explain to the children that today they will play with gray clay (if available) and listen for words that rhyme with clay.
  • Give a piece of clay on a tray to each child and let them play with the clay.
  • Help the children think of an item they would pay money to buy in a store (e.g., a toy ball, a candy bar, or something else that they like.
  • Have the children mold various items out of clay to put in a pretend store. 
  • Allow the children to pretend to pay for clay items in the store.
  • Ask the children to put the clay away and spray off their trays with a spray bottle.
  • Invite the children to share what words they heard in the activity that rhyme with clay: today, play, spray, tray, away, pay.

Apply the skill 

Practice rhyming

  • Produce words that rhyme with clay
    • Remind the children of the words they played with (clay, play, gray, spray, tray, pay).
    • Tell them you can think of other words that rhyme with clay (hay, day, say).  
    • Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with clay. 
    • If a child doesn't respond in a few seconds, give him/her an option:  
      • "How about pay?  Does pay rhyme with clay?" (Nod your head yes to let the child know that they rhyme) 
      • "Do day and clay rhyme?" (Nod your head yes)

March and say the sounds in words that rhyme with clay 

  • Tell the children that will practice saying words that rhyme with clay in fun ways
  • Have the children march and say the beginning and ending sounds of the word day:
    • segment sounds: say /cl/ (march right), say /ay/ (march left)
    • blend sounds: jump with both feet and say day to blend the sounds into the whole word
    • Repeat with other words that rhyme with clay (e.g., hay, ray, may, bay, pay, lay).


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