Our free sorting mats will help your kindergarten students practice their rhyming skills. Kids will enjoy this simple rhyming activity for kindergarten and first grade students – they will become word detectives! It is a great way to develop phonological awareness!
Rhyming Activity For Kindergarten
Do you remember kindergarten? Do you remember all the fun, rhyming books that your teacher would read to you? Or, how about the rhyming songs that the teacher would invite you to sing? Did you know that these rhyming activities and books were an important part of learning to read as a child? This Rhyming Activity For Kindergarten is a fun way to help kindergartners to work on reading readiness.
What is rhyming?
The definition of rhyming is “the correspondence of sounds at the ends of words or phrases.” This is especially true when it involves the ending of the word. Here are a couple of examples of this:
- Flower / Power
- Cold / Behold
- Cat / Hat
Why is rhyming important in learning to read?
There are a number of reasons: Rhyming
- Helps kids with phonemic awareness.
- Forms a strong foundation for reading.
- Gives kids the opportunity to see how words break down into smaller parts. This is an important skill in reading.
- Allows young learners to explore language and teaches them about word families.
- Helps kids to learn how to make predictions in their reading
How do you introduce rhyming words to kindergarten students?
Start by explaining that rhyming words are words that have the same ending sounds.
Then give simple examples
- cat and hat
- bat and rat
- car and bar
- dog and frog
- hand and band
Short CVC (consonant, vowel consonant) words are the best way to start. They are perfect for early readers.
Singing is the prefect rhyming activity and kids love to sing along! What they don’t realise is that they are learning all about rhyming patterns. Don’t you love learning that happens without kids even realizing it?
Here are some fun songs
Down By The Bay
Five Green and Speckled Frogs
Five Little Monkeys
Willoby Wallaby Woo
We should be reading to kids every day already, right? When trying to teach kids about rhyming, it is good to add in some fun rhyming books into the mix. There are so many fun rhyming books to choose from. Kids love stories and quickly pick up the rhyming patterns.
Emphasizing the rhyming words as you read. Another trick is to pause before reading a rhyme word, so the children can fill it in for you.
Mix it up
Try to incorporate rhyming activities into your daily routines. For instance, create a counting rhyme to help kids improve their number knowledge. For example, “1-2-3, look at me!” or “1-2, I see you.” You’ll find the kids will soon start to recognize the patterns.
Make it Up
Kindergarten aged kids are silly. Embrace it! Make up silly, fake words and have the kids find a “regular” word that rhymes with it. It will make them giggle and keep them having fun and wanting to rhyme more.
Use Rhyming Activity Centers
Most children this age love games and activities. We can take advantage of this in our rhyming activity centers. Providing a wide variety of different activities will give our students an opportunity to practice rhyming in an engaging way. They won’t even realize they are working!
Free Printable Rhyming Activity
We’ve created an easy game that you can print and have on hand. It is perfect for a rhyming center, but you could also direct parents to this post, so they can make their own game. The best part? We’ve made it editable, so you can add your own rhyming clip art and words.
How to edit the pdf.
Make sure you have KG penmanship installed. You can print this font for free here. Install it BEFORE opening the PDF. Click in the blue form fields and add your words. Please note that the font will automatically adjust in size.
You will need some clip art to edit the pictures. We usually purchase our clip art from Teachers Pay Teachers. Search for “rhyming words clip art.” Purchase the art and print it to your computer. It is usually has to be extracted from the zip file. Click on the image icon and a dialogue box will come up and allow you to choose the clip art.
Easy To Prepare
- Grab the file.
- Edit the pictures and word bank if you wish.
- Print onto cardstock and laminate for durability.
- Cut out the sorting mats and the rhyming cards.
- Print the recording sheet onto copy paper.
How To Use
- Give each child a rhyming mat, a recording sheet, and a pile of rhyming cards.
- Direct students to look through the cards and find a rhyming pair to place on their mat.
- They print the two rhyming words on their recording sheet, place the pair of cards to one side and find another rhyming pair.
- Repeat until the recording sheet is full.
Looking for more practice rhyming? Practice does make perfect as the saying goes. We have lots free rhyming printables to help your children get lots of practice – from puzzles, matching activities, worksheets, games, activities and more. Plus don’t miss these rhyming books for kindergarten.
- These rhyming word worksheet pages are super cute and perfect for practice anytime!
- We have lots of fun rhyming puzzles to choose: simple rhyming words for kindergarten, robot rhyming activities, pencil rhyming word activity, or baseball cvc rhyming words
- These clipcards allow students to practice rhyming pictures
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- No one does rhymes like Dr Seuss! Try our free printable Green Eggs and Ham Worksheets or One Fish, Two Fish Dr Seuss Rhyming Games
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- Sneak in some practice this fall with these Pumpkin Rhyming Words or these
- Pumpkin Worksheets and games that work on rhyming
- In December, try these rhming christmas worksheets for kindergarten or these Gingerbread Rhyming Puzzles
- Check out these winter rhyming puzzles to choose from: hot cocoa puzzle winter activities for kindergarten, hat winter theme activity ideas for kinderarten,
- BUMP boardgame winter activity for kindergarten, cute mitten activities for kindergarten matching rhymes
- Practice rhyming with these fun Valentines cut and paste printables
- Looking for spring rhymes? Try these bunny spring rhyming words worksheets, cute egg puzzles with Easter rhyming words, butterfly printable rhyming games, planting tulips rhyming activity for kindergarten, st patricks day donut rhyming game, rhyming words on these flower worksheets
- or these rainbow activities for kindergarten matching rhyming w0rds
- In summer you’ll love this watermelon rhyming activity these flower rhyming worksheets, this matching rhymes summer activity for kindergarten, beehive Rhyming Games for Preschoolers, or this Bee Clip-it rhyming activity for kindergarten
- or this cute smore Matching Rhyming Words Activity
- Rhyming with Valentine’s Day cut and paste worksheets
- Lots of free rhyming activities for kids
- Super cute rhyming words worksheets pdf
How do you practice Rhyming with your students? What are their rhyming favorite activities? Please leave a comment below.
Rhyming Activity for Kindergarteners
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