Rhyming Activities

How to Help Your Child with Rhyming
Becoming aware of how our spoken language works and how this relates to reading is one aspect of developing as an accomplished reader. Here are some ways to help your child learn to rhyme. Remember, children must first develop an ear for rhyme before they can start producing rhyming words.

1. One of the best ways for children to develop an ear for rhyme is to hear lots of stories that encourage language play through the use of rhyme. As you read rhyming books to your child, point out the words that rhyme on each page. (Dr. Seuss books are often full of rhyme! Another great title is The Hungry Thing by Jan Slepian and Ann Seidler.)

2. Recite nursery rhymes together. Emphasize the rhyming words. Say the nursery rhymes again and let your child fill in the rhyming words. "Jack and Jill went up the ____."

3. Listen to children's music. (Music by Raffi contains many great rhyming songs.)

4. Play The Name Game. Think of rhymes to go with the names of family members. (Mary Berry, Brian Lion, Jennifer Hennifer, Mama Llama, etc.) Call each other by your silly rhyming names.

5. Play Rhyme Time. Say three words to your child. Two of the words should rhyme. Have your child identify the two rhyming words. (cat/bat/dog; box/bag/fox; sack/pit/bit)

6. Play Let's Eat. As your family is eating dinner, say, "Find something that rhymes with silk. (milk) Find something that rhymes with licken." (chicken) Let your child ask you to find something that rhymes with _____.

7. Play Let's Go Shopping. As you do your grocery shopping, say to your child, "Let's buy something that rhymes with lead. (bread) Let's buy something that rhymes with mutter. (butter) You can modify this game for a trip to the pet store or a trip to the toy store. "Let's find an animal that rhymes with wish." (fish)

8. Play I'm Thinking. Say, "I'm thinking of a word that rhymes with pat. You wear it on your head." (hat) "I'm thinking of a word that rhymes with seen. It is a color word." (green)