I have shared a more advanced version of this rhyming activity, but that one requires students to read to participate. This preschool rhyming activity is perfect for literacy centers where preschoolers work independently because it only uses picture rhymes. Rhyming is a foundational literacy skill that children need for a bunch of reasons. When children play with rhymes, they are playing with sounds and learning to recognize sound patterns. Rhyming uses a lot of different skills like listening, distinguishing specific sounds (phonemes), and being able to break a word into syllables. For these reasons, we need to make space and time for lots of rhyming activities in our classrooms. Trust me, your students will love this one, and they don’t know it, but they are working on fine motor skills while they rhyme too!
How To Make This Rhyming Activity for Preschool
Gather your materials. For this preschool rhyming activity you will need some locks, this printable of rhyming pairs, tape, self-adhesive foam, and scissors. The dollar store is my favorite place for these locks!
Start by printing out this free printable of rhyming pairs.
Tape one of the rhyming pairs onto the locks.
Using the foam sheet, wrap the end of the keys. This makes a bigger space for the image to sit on.
Add the image with tape.
I only made three because my students are brand new to this type of rhyming activity, and I am just introducing it to them. As they master this and their attention span grows, I will add more.
More Literacy Center Ideas for Preschool
If you want more super simple literacy activities like this preschool rhyming activity that you can use in your early childhood education classroom, you have to check out my newest book Setting The Stage for Rock-Star Readers. It is packed with activities that work and help early educators lay the sturdiest foundation for literacy as possible for their students.