Rhyming isn’t just fun, it is a very important skill that preschoolers and kindergarteners need to learn as they begin their journey of reading and writing. Utilizing fun rhyming activities for preschoolers is a great way to help them learn about rhyming.
Learning about words that rhyme will help children in their reading journey as they begin to sound out words and read new words. This is a great motor skill activity and good for literacy, too.
Be sure to check out my One Fish Two Fish Rhyming Words for Kids for more rhyming fun.
Rhyming Activities for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners
Rhyming is important for students as it helps them to understand the language better, thus helping in their language development. Rhyming helps with fine motor skills and other important learning activities.
Why is rhyming important?
- It helps them understand language better thereby helping their language development
- It helps them learn to read and write by recognizing patterns within words, such as word families.
- It helps with spelling. When a child realizes that words that rhyme are comprised of similar letters called word families, they can spell out other words.
- It helps them increase their reading skills because they pick up on sounds that sound similar. If they can spell the word ‘mat’ then they likely can spell the words ‘cat’ or ‘rat’ since these words belong in the -at word family.
- It helps with phonemic awareness and comprehension.
Learning rhyming words for kids can be fun with this fun and hands-on printable activity where students will determine whether the 2 words rhyme with each other.
You can easily use them to make up silly rhymes, or pair them with additional rhyming activities, too. The more resources you can use, the more fluency in reading and writing will follow.
If you’re using these in a classroom setting, the whole class can easily use these rhyming picture cards for learning fun! Once one person has the answer, move on to the next person until you’ve gone through all the stack and agreed on the last word.
What are the stages of rhyming for kids?
When it comes to stages of rhyme learning, there are ways that you can help your child work on their language skills and rhyming skill.
There are actually three stages of rhyming that kids will learn, and each will help to develop an essential skill that they will use as they grow.
Once they start to hear rhymes and rhyming words, they start to recognize the pattern.
The more that you give them exposure to rhyming vocabulary, the more they’re going to understand rhyming words and how they have similar ending sounds.
This is the part of learning where they will be able to start using rhyming words in their own lives. They can start making up their own rhymes, be a part of a lap book creation full of rhymes, or even have fun looking in dictionaries with you to identify more rhyming words.
How to Teach Rhyming Words to Kids
- Listen to rhyming songs and poems. Sing nursery rhyme songs that require movement from learners. You can also add in fingerplay to make it more hands-on and engaging for young students. Whenever a pair of words rhyme in the song, you can point it out. Once they start to get the hang of it, you can then ask to see if they can identify any rhyming words within the song.
- Play rhyming games such as this fun game that showcases rhyming words over here.
- Use fun printables and games to teach rhyming. Rhyming is a fun activity and learners can have a ton of fun while identifying rhyming word pairs.
- Read Rhyme books. Talk about the goat in the moats. Or making a bet on pets. Or hearing the cow moo at the zoo. Or hopping over a log as you jog. Or taking a jet to the vet. So much fun!
- Learners can eventually move on to making their own rhyming words. You will present the learner with a word and they will need to give you a rhyming word for it. To make it more fun for learners, they can make up silly words that rhyme with the given word. For instance, if you gave them the word ‘pin’ they could come up with the word ‘zin’ as a rhyming word. This is not a real word, but allows learners to focus specifically on the sound and the idea of rhyming words
- Play activities where learners will have to match words belonging to the same word family. This rhyming snowman printable in these Winter Centers is a perfect activity for helping learners identify words that belong to the same word family.
Word Family List Of Rhyming Words
Words that rhyme with at
Words that rhyme with an
Words that rhyme with ad
Words that rhyme with ab
Words that rhyme with at
Words that rhyme with ag
Words that rhyme with ap
Words that rhyme with ip
Words that rhyme with id
Words that rhyme with op
Words that rhyme with am
Words that rhyme with ig
Words that rhyme with ar
Words that rhyme with aw
Words that rhyme with ay
Words that rhyme with en
Words that rhyme with et
Words that rhyme with in
Words that rhyme with it
Words that rhyme with od
Words that rhyme with og
Words that rhyme with op
Words that rhyme with ot
Words that rhyme with all
What is Included in this Rhyming Words for Kindergarten Activity:
- 16 Does it Rhyme? clip cards
- Recording sheet (optional)
- Worksheet – if you prefer to use worksheets
- Color and printer-friendly black and white versions of the printable
Supplies Required for the Printable
- Printable (at the end of the post)
- Wooden clothespins
How to Prep this Rhyming Activity for Kids:
Decide whether you would like to use task cards or the worksheet option.
The worksheet option is a very low-prep option, you only have to print and copy out enough copies for your learners.
If you are using the task cards versions, then print out the color copies or the printer-friendly black and white version of the task cards.
Laminate the pages and cut apart to create the task cards. You can store them in task card boxes for easy storage.
If you would like to have accountability with your learners, you can print out the recording sheets which are included in this printable.
List of Rhyming Words Included
These are the words that are included in this printable. These words are simple and easy words to rhyme and are perfect for learners who are just learning to rhyme or need some additional practice in rhyming.
- Dog and frog
- Caught and spot
- Eye and pie
- Snow and throw
- Gate and skate
- Door and pour
- Bunny and honey
- Moon and spoon
- Bear and chair
- Car and star
Learning About Words that Rhyme with Kindergarteners
How do you use these rhyming words printable with your learners?
Present your learners with the task cards and clothespins. If you are using recording sheets print those out and give them to your learner as well.
Explain to your learner the purpose of the activity. In this case, learners are supposed to identify whether the 2 words present rhyme with each other or not. Ask them to identify the 2 words on the task card. The first one has ‘dog’ and ‘frog’.
Get your learner to sound out both words clearly and make them pay attention to the sounds in the words. Do the ending sounds sound similar? Do they rhyme? If they do, then ask them to clip ‘check’ or ‘tick’ part on the task card. If the 2 words don’t rhyme then they clip the ‘cross’.
If they are using the recording sheets, then they will color in the answers onto the recording sheet as well.
In this way you can get learners to do this activity.
They can continue to do this until they tire or until all the task cards in the set are completed.
If you prefer to use the worksheet version, then just print out as many copies as required for your learners. Repeat the same process and explain the activity to them.
From here, learners will cut out the right hand side of the paper and cut apart the pictures.
They will identify the words on the left hand side and figure out which pair of words rhyme with each other.
They will paste that into the matching box to complete the worksheet.