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Where Is the Pet? Rhyming and Spatial Words
pet rhyming activity


Children will identify rhyming words.
Children will understand and use language of space


  • Where is the Pet? Rhyme printout
  • Pet pictures


Share the following rhyme with children:

Where Is the Pet?

The bunny is in the honey.
The dog is behind a log.
The mouse is in the house.
The cat is under the hat.
The snake is in the lake.
The red bird is third.
The rat is on the mat.
The fish is next to the dish.

Have children repeat the rhyme with you several times. Then identify with children which words in each line rhyme.

Create sentence strips for each line in the rhyme. For example, for line one: The bunny is in the __________. Have children think of other words that rhyme with the word “bunny,” such as “money.” Or for line one you could write: The __________ bunny is in the honey. Children might think of “funny” or “sunny.”

Spatial Words :

This rhyme uses words that tell where things are, or position words, such as "in," "by," and "next to." It is important that children learn these words and their meanings to help them find things, place things, follow directions, or give directions at school, at home, and when reading.

Point out the position words in the rhyme to children. Brainstorm some other position words with children. Make a list.

Create sentence strips with pictures for each line in the rhyme as you did above, except this time, make a blank space where the position word goes. For example, for line one: The bunny is __________ the honey. Have children think of another word to replace the word "in" that shows position, such as "near" or "under."

Provide a hat and a stuffed toy (example: cat). Have children manipulate the stuffed toy and hat and put verbal labels on what they are doing to help extend the language of space. Prompt child to put the "cat" in the hat. Ask the child "Where is the cat?" Child answers in a whole sentence: "The cat is in the hat." Continue and use different spatial terms.

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Additional Pet Activities and Printables

Samples of our pet activities, crafts, and games available
on our KidsSoup Resource Library:




Position Word Cards

Create a set of position words on index cards. Use the cards as an aid to teaching opposites. Make up an obstacle course and place the cards next to the appropriate activity, action, or position.

Rhyme Hunt

This rhyming game can be played indoors or outdoors. Take any object from inside or outside the house like a mat or chair. Ask your kid to hunt for an object whose name rhymes with the name of the object you have selected. For example, if you select chair, kids have to show their hair and if you select mat, kids show a hat.

Where Is My Toy? Game

Play a game using position words with your child. Have your child take a favorite small toy and place the toy in different places upon your direction. Then ask your child where he or she placed the toy. For example, have your child put the toy on his or her head. Then ask, “Where is your (name of toy)?”

Body Rhyme Game

Choose a part of the body such as the head. Say a word and have children tell you if they think the word rhymes with head, such as "bed" or "red." Include also words that do not rhyme.

pet memorials

Movement Activities

picture of Lilly jumping rope

The Pets Go . . .
(Tune: The Ants Go Marching)

The dogs go running one by one, hurrah, hurrah
The dogs go running one by one, hurrah, hurrah
The dogs go running one by one,
The little one stops to suck his thumb
And they all go running round and round
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!


Have one child be the cat and clap a rhythm for the group. The other children listen and act like copycats by clapping the same rhythm as the “cat” did. Let children take turns becoming the cat and creating a rhythm for the copycats to imitate.