Tip and Drip

Target text


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

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Target Words:

  • tip
  • drip
  • dip
  • clip


  • Watered-down finger paint
  • Bowls
  • Yarn or string
  • Large paper clips
  • Washcloths

The children will paint with paper clips and their fingertips as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with drip, such as clip, dip, sip, and rip.

Literacy Activity

  • Tie a paper clip to the end of a piece of yarn or string, and give one to each child with a piece of paper. 
  • Distribute the paint in bowls among the children and say, “Watch me tip the paint to drip into the bowl!”
  • Have the children chant, “Tip, drip, tip, drip,” as you fill each bowl. 
  • As the children make their art, demonstrate the various actions below and instruct them to follow along: 
    • Grip clip: hold the string and lift the paper clip off the table.
    • Dip clip: dip the clip into paint while holding the string.
    • Clip drip: allow the paint to drip off the clip and onto the paper.
    • Slip and flip the clip: let the clip slip and flip along the paper to make tracks and designs.
    • Dip tip: dip the tips of your fingers in paint.
    • Drip from tip: let paint drip from your fingers onto the paper.
  • When everyone is done painting, give the children washcloths to wipe off their fingers and the table.

More Practice

  • Have the children hold up their artwork for everyone to see. 
  • Have the children tell you how they made the art, and write the instructions on the whiteboard (e.g., Tip the paint and drip into the bowl. Dip the clip. Drip the paint off the clip. Let the clip slip and flip.). 
  • Read the instructions back to the children, and have the children hold up their artwork whenever a word that rhymes with drip is said. 

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Recognize and produce words that rhyme with drip


  • Paper clip attached to string
  • Paint or colorful condiments (e.g., ketchup, mustard, bbq sauce) 

Activity: Tip and Drip 

  • Together with your child, think of words that rhyme with drip (e.g., tip, clip, grip, flip, tip, slip). 
  • Have your child use the paint or condiments to make an art project. 
  • Have your child focus on using -ip actions (e.g., dip the clip into the paint/condiments, drip it onto the paper; dip fingertips into the paint/condiments and let it drip; let the clip flip and slip across the paper). 
  • With your child, write instructions on how to make art with a clip (e.g., First dip the clip, then drip the clip; dip a fingertip, then drip the tip). 
  • Encourage your child to use words that rhyme with drip throughout the activity. 


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