Rhyming Words Activities

The Task

Children identify words that rhyme in a series of activities. For example, "Put your thumbs up if these two words rhyme--pail-tail or cow-pig?" or "Finish this rhyme, red, bed, blue, ______."


  1. Snap and Clap Rhymes
    • Begin with a simple clap and snap rhythm.
      • Get more complex as children move along in rhyming.
        Clap  Clap Snap  fall Clap  Clap Snap  ball
        Clap  Clap Snap  hall Clap  Clap Snap  small
      • A variation is the "I say, You say" game:
    I say fat. You say _____. I say red. You say _____.


  2. Rhyming Word Sit Down
    • Children walk around in a big circle taking one step each time a rhyming word is said by the teacher.
      • When the teacher says a word that doesn't rhyme, the children sit down:
    she tree flea spree key bee sea went


  3. Rhyming words in songs, poems, and big books
    • As you do shared reading with the students, pause at the end of phrases and let the students supply the rhyming words.
      • After you have read the poem together ask students to find the rhyming words.
        • Generate other words that rhyme with these rhyming words.


  4. Silly Rhymes Big Book
    • Use rimes (roots of word families) and rhyme charts around the classroom to create silly poems with the class.
      • Write the one line rhyme with the whole class in big letters on large chart paper (Shared Writing).
        • Read aloud several times.
          • Use different voices. Have children sound and clap words.
            • Have a child illustrate the rhyme.
              • Repeat each week for another set of rimes.