The Rhyming Tree at the Roald Dahl Museum

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Maria Blyzinsky, The Roald Dahl Museum
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1:00pm, 8th June
Museum, Revolting Rhymes
The Rhyming Tree at the Roald Dahl Museum

A new interactive display for the Story Centre.

Eagle-eyed visitors to the Roald Dahl Museum will notice something different in the Story Centre.

The Rhyming Tree is a new exhibit aimed at families and school children, encouraging them to play with words and pictures to make funny rhymes.

Installing the Rhyme Tree at the Roald Dahl Museum

Here’s Danny from the fantastic Outside Studios who helped to install the Rhyming Tree in May.  

Designing the tree

Although it only took one day to put up, the Tree took several months to design. Back in January, we tested some early ideas with pupils from St Mary’s Farnham Royal Church of England Primary School who were visiting the Museum. Thanks to their fantastic feedback, we were able to make some important changes to make everything work even better.

How does it work?

The Rhyming Tree uses magnetic peaches, like giant fridge magnets, with words on one side and pictures on the other to represent different rhyming sounds. We’ve also provided some starter-rhymes where you can change the endings. Two of the rhymes are by Roald Dahl while the other two are by Roald Dahl super-fans who entered the Revolting Rhymers competition last year!  

Visitors are invited to swap the peaches to make new rhymes in the branches of the Tree.  Here’s one of our favourite rhymes, with toasted marshmallows and blue flamingos!  

Playing with the Rhyme Tree at the Roald Dahl Museum

Or you might prefer to make a rhyme with dirty windows and a pair of bongos, or a piece of string and a honey-bee sting. For those who are feeling extra creative, there are lots of blank peaches for you to write or draw your own rhymes. Just like Grace, our Learning Officer, (pictured below) who couldn’t wait to get stuck-in. (She was the one who compiled the list of rhyming pictures and sounds). Or you might decide to be like the BFG and make up your own words.

First go at the Rhyming Tree at the Roald Dahl Museum

Share your rhymes!

However you use the Rhyming Tree, we can’t wait to know what you think about it and to see your new creations. Remember to photograph your rhymes and share them with the Museum on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.