I really like car games. I came up with a fun one this weekend as Jen and I drove back and forth from a family party. The goal was simply to try and name as many rhyming rules as possible.
lefty loosey, righty tighty
I thought we’d come up with tons! But we only came up with a handful:
I before E except after C… something about neighbors.
The silverware had a fight! The knife and the spoon were right, the fork left, bereft.*
Quickly it became apparent that we needed a distinction between rhyming rules and rhyming advice. Rules must give some sort of life instruction when presented with a binary situation: a right and wrong way of doing something. For example:
Leaves of three, let them be. Leaves of four? Eat some more!
It’s an easy way to learn to avoid poison ivy but it’s not a rule outright. It’s really just advice.
I am sure that you, good readers, have more in the memory banks. Any contributions?
*Alicia thought to add this word at the end. Awesome!