Onomatpoeia. Say it Three Times Fast!

HA!!  That's my little running joke with my firsties.  They think this word is SUCH a HOOT!!  Cracks me up.  We’ve been talking about onomatopoeia words since October-ish.  The kids LOVE to tell me when they find one of these sound words when they’re reading and they sit on pins and needles waiting to say, “I heard an ONOMATOPOEIA!!!!” while I’m reading to them.  I love that they’re so quick to identify these words without any help.  I decided it would be fun to do a little extension to reading activity to reinforce this concept.

Since the weather is changing and April showers are on the way, we read this little book first…

It’s a great little rhyming book with some awesome onomatopoeia words describing the sounds of rain.  After we read the book, we made a little brainstorm map.  I can’t believe I didn’t take a picture, but I’ll try my best to describe it.  I drew a big umbrella on a large piece of butcher paper and drew lots of raindrops underneath it.  Then I had the kids tell me as many words describing the sound of rain as they could and we wrote each word inside a different raindrop.

We learned all about weather at the beginning of the year, so this was a great opportunity for us to revisit what we learned.  I had the kids think of different types of weather that make sounds…thunder, lightning, wind, etc.  Then I had each of my kiddos pick out an umbrella, a handle, and 4-6 raindrops.  They each had to assemble their umbrella and write onomatopoeia words on each raindrop to represent the sounds of different types of weather.  LOVE it!!!


The kids came up with words like splash, drip, ting!, kerplop, whoosh, whirl, ssss, howl, and so many more!  What a fun way to reinforce sound words!! 


I don’t have a template for any of this, although that really would have helped with assembly!  HA!!  I was just cutting blind!  You’ll see that some of my raindrops are itty and some are HUGE, and my poor little umbrellas are all shades of funky.  I still think they turned out pretty dang cute!  I think this little craftivity would be fun with ANY concept!!!

Do you have any fun ideas for reinforcing onomatopoeia words?!?!  I’d love to hear them!


  1. These are soo dang cute! Love them!
    I just made your scrapbook paper kites today with my kiddos and they are fabulous! Except for some reason mine are ginormous...but still cute!
    Thank you for your continued inspiration!
    Kerri B

  2. We're making scrapbook umbrellas next week for a weather and seasons activity. I think I'll have to add some raindrops!

  3. That turned out sooooo super cute!! I love this lesson idea ;)

  4. I am cutting out rain drops right now for my kinders to write about spring using their five senses. We made rainbows to hang them under, but I may have to swap them for these umbrellas...presh! Thanks for sharing! :)


  5. I love this activity. By the way did you get my email?

    Tammy Daniels

  6. I love everything you do! Quick questions, are you still planning to post the fraction unit on TPT? Thanks for your hard work!

    M. Taylor

  7. What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing.
    I don't have any ideas of my own, but our PK teacher read aloud Mr. Brown can Moo and had her students read the onomatopoeia words and play instruments like rain sticks and wood blocks kind of like a reader's theater. There is also a freebie on Jan Brett's website that goes with Honey, Honey Lion and you can make a "rhythm band" to go with the onomatopoeia words in that story.
    I read your blog all the time-Thanks for all of your great ideas!

  8. These are just incredibly adorable. I think using the scrapbook paper for the umbrella instead of construction paper really bumped the look up a notch. I think you could probably incorporate this activity for a lot of onomatopoeia words... I have one ELL that loves race cars, so I am thinking a trophy and some dangling race cars?????


  9. or since I'm on a summer kick, ready to hit the beach, a big wave with ocean creatures dangling...

    Amy totalteachaholic.blogspot.com

  10. There was a silly band (really just one guy with friends that randomly performed with him) called Fishboy (yofishboy.com), and one of his songs went "An onomatopoeia is a Zip! Bang! Boom! Let's move into the country or the other room. I dig you like shovel and not a broom. An onomatopoeia is a Zip! Bang! Boom!" It only took a few times of me singing that around the house before my 5-yr-old picked up on it and now knows what that word means! Haha!

  11. Hello! I´m an ESL Spanish teacher, that is absotulety amazed at this beautiful and inspiring blog you write. Thanks a lot for your brilliant ideas :) Cris.

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  13. Too funny! My daughter is in first grade this year and has just discovered how amazing this word is. She thinks it's the best. It must be that age. It is a cool word.