Fill in the Blank

Fill in the Blank
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Encourage memory and linguistic proficiency by having your child finish the lines of their favorite songs and rhymes.

5 minutes
0 - 30 months
Group size
1 - 2 tots


  • 1 Song or Rhyme (a favorite that your child has heard several times before)
  • 1 Rhyme or Songbook (a favorite to encourage their reading ability)


  1. Begin reciting or reading the song or rhyme. If you have a book, point to the words as you read.
  2. Recite until you reach the end of a line that has a rhyming word.
  3. Instead of finishing the rhyme, look at your child with expectant (perhaps puzzled) eyes for at least 5 seconds.
  4. If they finish the rhyme, celebrate. If not, act as if you remembered the word or figured out how to read it and continue.
  5. Stop at every rhyming word and see if your child fills in the blanks.

Developmental skills