Repeated exposure to rhyming activities will help your kids build this important early literacy skill. Here are many activity ideas for teaching rhyme.
Why is Rhyming Important?
Rhyming is one of the phonological awareness skills that form the foundation for early literacy. Phonological awareness is the ability to hear and manipulate different parts (syllables, initial sounds, rhyming parts, phonemes) of spoken words.
Kids build phonological awareness when the play with words. While playing with words, kids begin to hear patterns in spoken language. This knowledge then helps them understand how sounds and letters work as they begin to read and write.
3 Stages of Learning to Rhyme
There are three stages to mastering the ability to rhyme.
Hearing a Rhyme – With repeated exposer to rhyming books and songs, kids begin to develop the ability to hear the rhyme in spoken language.
Identifying a Rhyme – Next, kids will start to identify two words that rhyme.
Producing a Rhyme – The final stage is when kids are able to produce their own examples of rhyming words.
The good news is that playing with words is fun and exciting for young children. Rhyming is an especially fun skill to practice and can usually be picked up by kids with repeated exposure. Here are some ways that you can help kids hear, identify and then produce rhymes.
Some of the best children’s books feature rhyming words. As you read, point out to your kids that some of the words sound the same at the end. Soon, they will be able to identify the rhyming words on a page.
If you need some new rhyming books to add to your library. Check out my favorite rhyming books for kids.
Rhyming Songs & Fingerplays
Classic nursery rhymes, Rhyming songs, and fingerplays provide a great way to play with words. They are great for circle time, story time, and transitions.
One of my favorite rhyming songs is Down by the Bay. Here are some free rhyming picture cards that you can use with the song.
Rhyming Name Activities
One of the best ways to introduce literacy skills to young kids is to focus the activity around their name. Young kids love themselves and they love their names.
These editable rhyming books were inspired by the Willoughby Wallaby song. They feature kids’ names and photos.