Rhyming words refer to two or more words that end with the same or similar sounds.
I believe that as our kids learn the alphabet and words and begin to read, they can be introduced to rhyming words, which is an important aspect of language found in books and rhymes.
There are four stages of learning rhyming words-
- Identifying rhyming words
- Matching rhyming words
- Finding the oddities in rhyming words
- Producing rhyming words
Interesting Rhyming Word Activities for Your Kids
You can make learning rhyming words engaging for your kids by including simple activities that are entertaining and educational.
I would say rhyming words is an aspect of literacy learning that can help your kids develop their awareness of phonology and reading skills and their ability to listen and identify sounds.
In this blog post, I have compiled a list of hands-on and engaging activities for your kids to learn rhyming words. 😁
Rhyming Words Stack Building Block Towers
Print and stick small pieces of paper with various rhyming words to individual building blocks. You can get your kids to stack the labeled building blocks belonging to the same word family group that rhymes to build a tower🗼.
Building blocks labeled with a Cat, Bat, Hat, Rat, and so on can be stacked to form a tower.
My son loved playing this game and had a lot of fun trying to build the towers while learning rhyming words.
Rhyming Words Hand on the Head Game
You can read out a rhyming book and instruct your kids to listen carefully to the narration. Every time your kids hear a pair of rhyming words, they can put their hands ✋🏼 on their heads to show they found the rhyming element.
I found that this activity is a great way to teach your kids to identify various rhyming words while developing their listening skills.
Rhyming Words Read and Sing Alouds
Choose a book 📖 or rhyme 🎶 with a rhythm format centered around rhyming words and guide your kids to read it aloud. 🗣️
You can get your kids to focus on the rhyming words to help them understand better.
I would say that this is a simple yet effective method for your kids to identify and learn about rhyming patterns while reading through the books and singing the rhymes to develop in them a love for reading.
Rhyming Words Ladder Formation
You can start the rhyme ladder by writing a word from a word family on a whiteboard or sheet of paper. Now, to add the rungs to the ladder, your kids can take turns adding rhyming words to form and complete the ladder.
You can make multiple ladders with different word family groups to help them practice more.
I tried this activity with my son, and he could think of many rhyming words to form the ladder as high as possible.
Rhyming Words Sticky Note Game
I would say that this game is fun for your kids, and they can learn more rhyming words while doing this activity.
Draw a table on a whiteboard or paper with 5-6 columns or as many as you want. You can write one main word from various word families at the top of each column and draw a picture next to each as a visual reference.
You can then write as many rhyming words as you want on sticky notes 🗒️ for each main word in the columns. For example – if you have five columns, you can write five sets of rhyming words, and the number of rhyming word sticky notes for each column is up to your choice.
To play this game, let your kids pick sticky notes from the pile and place them in the correct columns that match the rhyming word families.
Rhyming Words Sensory Finding Game
Your kids can indulge in sensory play to nurture the senses and improve fine motor skills while playing a game to learn about rhyming words.
Add a dry sensory material to a container like sand, salt, rice, and so on to make a sensory bin 📤, and you can also add other small items and toys for them to play with. Write rhyming words or draw pictures from the same word family on tiny pieces of paper and hide them in the sensory material.
You can get your kids to play with the sensory bin to stimulate their senses and allow them to feel a sense of calm as they search for hidden words.
I suggest you make paper slips with rhyming words from a different word family for each round or make them in new pairs of rhyming words for each round of the game.
Rhyming Words Passing Game
I must say that my son and I equally loved playing this game of passing rhyming words, and it helped him expand his word knowledge.
This simple and fun activity can be done with 2-3 people or even a group of people, which makes it even more fun.
One person starts by saying a random word out loud, and the next person has to think of a rhyming word from the same word family.
You can keep this game going until one person cannot think of any more rhyming words to reply with. You can start the next round by repeating the same process.
Rhyming Words Sorting Game
Your kids will love this simple sorting ✔️ activity to match rhyming words into their main word family groups.
You can write down words or draw pictures on individual slips of paper with a few sets of rhyming words. Shuffle and place them in a basket or box.
Give your kids separate bowls to sort the various rhyming sets of paper slips according to their main word family group.
Rhyming Words Card Matching Game
I suggest playing a card 🎴game with your kids to help them match various rhyming words and pictures in a fun way.
Write down or draw pictures of pairs of rhyming words like cat and bat, blue and glue, sun and run on individual cards, and shuffle them.
This game can be played in a few ways –
You can get your kids to match the word cards only based on rhyme or picture cards only based on rhyme or let them match picture cards to their rhyming word cards.
You can include a time limit to make the game more exciting.
Rhyming Words Hide and Seek Word Game
My son loves playing hide and seek, and this classic game of hide and seek 👀 includes a fun twist for kids to find hidden word cards to learn rhyming words.
You can write various rhyming words on individual cards and hide them around the house. Your kids are the seekers who can search for all the hidden cards of rhyming words, and after they find each card, make them say the word out loud as practice.
You can use different sets of rhyming words from the same rhyme family group for each round of hide and seek. Cat, hat, bat, etc., can be used for one round while chairs, pairs, stairs, etc., for another.
Rhyming Words Indoor Scavenger Hunt
I recommend you make your kids play this scavenger hunt 🕵🏽♀️ game to match rhyming word pictures by going on a fun scavenger hunt.
You can hide printouts of various pictures around the house. Make a matching checklist with pictures rhyming with the printed pictures that you have hidden.
Now for the exciting part of the game – let your kids try to find the hidden images and tick them off the checklist by matching them to the pictures that rhyme with the ones they found.
For example – if kids find a picture of a cat, they can tick off a picture of a hat in the checklist.
Rhyming Words PowerPoint Slides
You can allow your kids to find whether the set of words or pictures is rhyming or non-rhyming with PowerPoint 💻 as a practice.
Create a PowerPoint presentation in which each slide has two or more words or pictures – some can be rhyming while some can be non-rhyming.
You can instruct your kids to give a thumbs-up if the slide has rhyming words or pictures and a thumbs-down if the slide has non-rhyming words or pictures.
Make your kids say the words aloud or describe the pictures aloud to help them register the rhyme.
Rhyming Words Obstacle Course
I would say obstacle courses are so much for kids and can be played within the comforts of your home.
You can arrange household items like chairs, stools, pillows, buckets, ropes, and so on to set up an obstacle course. Place a sticky note with a word or picture on all the objects.
The fun part begins now – before crossing each obstacle, your kids have to come up with a word that rhymes with the assigned notes to successfully complete the obstacle course. 🎯
Rhyming Words Jumping Hoops Game
Let your kids play a fun and hands-on game using hoops ⭕️ to improve their ability to form rhyming words.
Lay hoops on the floor in a line and place a piece of paper with a word or picture in the middle of each hoop. Your kids have to jump into the hoops one after the other and think of a rhyming word on the spot based on the assigned word.
My son loved playing this game, and I included a time limit to make it challenging and exciting.
Rhyming Words Toy Driving Game
I guarantee if you have toy-loving kids like my son, they will definitely have a lot of fun with this hands-on activity.
You can ask your kids to bring their toy vehicles like cars 🚗, trains 🚂, trucks 🛻, and so on from their collection. Stick small strips of paper on them with rhyming words belonging to the same word family.
You can place cards to indicate each word family and get your kids to drive their toy cars and vehicles to match the rhyming words to their word family and group them together.
I cut out wide strips from black colored paper and added lines with white and yellow markers to create tracks for my son to drive his vehicles on these tracks toward the word family cards.
Rhyming Words Lacing Cards
Lacing cards are one of my son’s favorite activities. It also helps kids develop their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, and you can make your kids match rhyming words using this fun matching plus lacing activity.
Cut a rectangle strip from a thick sheet of paper. Write words or draw pictures with matching rhyming words on the left and right sides of the rectangle in jumbled order. Punch holes next to all the rhyming elements.
Now, for the fun part of the activity – give your kids a piece of thread 🧶 or string and let them lace through the holes of the rectangle card by matching the rhyming pairs on the left with the ones on the right.
Rhyming Words Lacing Donuts
You can also try this lacing activity, which is almost like the previous one but with a slight difference in the process, by including pipe cleaners and donut 🍩 cutouts.
Print small outlines of donuts, as many as you want, and let your kids color and decorate them. Write rhyming words on the individual donuts to create various sets from the same word family.
You can allot as many donuts as you want for each word family. Collect a few pipe cleaners to represent each of the word family sets.
Make your kids lace the rhyming donuts through the pipe cleaners based on the word family they belong to for an exciting activity.
Rhyming Words Coloring Sheets
If your kids love coloring 🖍️ activities, as my son does, this would be an enjoyable and perfect activity for them while they can also learn along the way.
I recommend you divide the sheet of paper into square boxes and either print or draw outlines of two or more rhyming and non-rhyming pictures from the same word family in each square.
Your kids can color only the rhyming picture outlines in each square while leaving the non-rhyming ones blank.
You can also do the same activity in another version. Assign a picture for each row and draw 3 to 4 picture outlines in the same line, with one being non-rhyming; get your kids to color only the outlines that rhyme with the main assigned picture.
Rhyming Words Shape Puzzle
This activity is so simple and fun, and kids will be excited to play it.
You can choose a shape 💠 like a heart, star, circle, or square. Draw and cut outlines on paper. You can make as many shape outlines as you want for the game.
Cut these shapes into two parts in the middle and draw or stick pictures of rhyming word pairs on the two broken parts of the shapes.
Shuffle them on the floor and let your kids try to match the pairs correctly by bringing together the broken pieces of rhyming pairs.
You can reuse the back portions of the shapes by drawing more rhyming pairs for kids to play another round of the game.
Rhyming Words Surprise Draw
For a fun surprise draw game, you can add a few sets of rhyming words written on small strips of paper into a bag. Let your kids randomly draw two paper strips from the bag without looking.
If both the paper strips rhyme, they can draw two strips again. Otherwise, they can place the strips back into the bag, and the next person can do the same.
For example – if kids find a picture of the cat, they can tick off a picture of a hat in the checklist and continue to do so until they discover all the hidden pictures.
Rhyming Words Prompts Jar
You can write down words and draw pictures on small pieces of paper to serve as prompts and put them in an empty jar for an engaging activity.
Then, get your kids to pick a piece of paper and encourage them to list a few rhyming words according to their prompt.
I suggest you also get them to form two sentences with the last words rhyming with their prompt to help them learn how rhyming words are used in sentences.
Rhyming Words Prompts Basket
You can make a rhyming words basket 🧺 by collecting a few small objects from around the house to place in the basket for your kids to think of and rhyming words based on each of the objects.
I would say that the objects in the basket can be used as prompts for kids to improve their rhyming words and vocabulary.
Rhyming Words Stone Matching Game
First, get your kids to collect stones 🪨 from the garden with smooth surfaces and more surface space. You can print sets of rhyming images in small sizes and stick them on the stones with tape or make your kids draw small images for the same.
Your kids can play a sorting and matching game with these stones to group them by their word family groups in this fun and exciting game.
I print small images, laminate them, and stick them on the stones to use later as story stones for my son to create stories. I occasionally use stickers, too.
Rhyming Words Ice Cream Sticks Sorting Game
My son enjoyed this simple yet fun activity with jars and ice cream 🍦 sticks, and I’m sure your kids will love it.
You can start by labeling each jar with a word and the ice cream sticks with rhyming words from various family word groups. You can get your kids to sort the ice cream sticks based on their sounds and whether they rhyme and place them in the jar according to their word family.
Rhyming Words Footprints Hopping Game
You can print cutouts of a few footprint 👣 outlines. Stick a piece of paper with words or a printout of pictures on all left and right footprints to form rhyming pairs.
Place them on the floor in such a way that two footprint cutouts with matching rhyming words are close to each other, making it easier for them to hop.
Now for the fun part – get your kids to hop from one footprint cutout to the next matching one while saying the rhyming pairs out loud as they hop on the cutouts for this engaging activity.
You can also spread footprints on the floor with rhyming words from the same word family with a few non-rhyming words. Get your kids to hop across all the rhyming ones to complete the task.
Rhyming Words Clothespin Clip Cards
On a piece of thick paper or cardboard, you can write a word or draw a picture from the same word family in a larger size in the middle of the paper as the main rhyming element.
Write or draw a combination of rhyming and non-rhyming words or pictures around the sides of the paper or cardboard.
Get your kids to clip clothespins on the edges of the shape to the segments of words or pictures that rhyme with the main words or pictures in the middle as a fun learning activity.
You can cut the thick paper or cardboard into shapes like squares, rectangles, circles, diamonds, or hearts for different word families for your kids to clip clothespins around their edges.
Rhyming Words I Spy
Play the classic guessing game of I Spy with a literary twist to include rhyming words in this game to make learning more engaging and fun for your kids.
Like the traditional I Spy game, a Spy is chosen, and they can pick an object from around the surroundings and give clues but only in rhyming words to find the particular chosen object.
For example, if a Spy says, “I spy with my little eye an object rhyming with the word hair,” then your kids can say “chair” as the object to win the round.
To make the game even more different, the Spy can think of a random word in their mind and give rhyming clues for kids to find the Spy’s chosen words.
The above educational and interactive activities have helped my son learn rhyming words in a simple and fun way. He could identify, match, sort, and even find the odd rhyming words efficiently after doing these hands-on activities that also kept him busy.
I hope you enjoyed reading this list of activities and found some ideas to try at home with your kids.
Please leave a comment below if you have any more ideas to share or doubts for me to solve – I would love to hear your feedback! ❤️
I’m a former teacher with a background in child development and a passion for creating engaging and educational activities for children. I strongly understand child development and know how to create activities to help children learn and grow. Spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and volunteering in my community.