Rhyming is one of my favorite skills to work on at preschool. These rhyming activities for preschoolers are not only fun, but they are also important literacy activities too. The ability to rhyme is not something that is all or nothing, it develops from being exposed to rhymes, noticing rhymes, judging what does and does not rhyme, completing rhymes, and eventually creating their own rhymes. Your students will likely be all over this scale; I know mine are. Most of these rhyming activities for preschoolers can easily be differentiated so that no matter where your student is on this scale, they can work right where they are at in their skill development. Don’t forget some of the best rhyming activities are exploring nursery rhymes! Check out our lesson plans for nursery rhymes here.
What are some good rhyming activities for preschoolers?
The best are activities they WANT to do. That’s it. Make them fun and engaging. The best rhyming activities are ones your students will have fun with.
Rhyming Blocks – Print your own and turn old Duplo into early literacy tools. My students LOVE this activity and I use it at free choice a well as small group.
The Mitten Rhyming Match Game – perfect for after you have read The Mitten By Jan Brett.
These simple find the rhyme cards are part of our lesson plan for the nursery rhyme Hickory Dickory Dock! Get it for free here.
Pet Rhyming – Pets are always a fun theme to talk about in preschool because preschoolers have very strong opinions about pets. Use that interest to fuel some rhyme practice with these pet-themed rhymes!
This rhyming game is great for any age but will need a reader to help play. It’s great for small group at preschool with a couple of students and a teacher.
Get outside and play with rhymes with this super fun and no equipment needed rhyming game. Rhyme Tag!
My students love any activity with locks and keys, and this free printable rhyme matching game is no exception. They adore it.
I used this heart rhyming game around Valentine’s Day, but you can use it any time of the year. The colors around the heart act as a scaffold for students too!
Roll a Rhyme – I wasn’t sure how my students would respond to this math and rhyming mash-up, but it was a huge success, and they worked not only on rhyming but also on subitizing!
Printable Rhyming Game – My preschoolers love to rhyme, and games like this rhyming board game are perfect for our literacy center. Children usually play with me first and then, after that, use these rhyming games independently.
Food Rhymes are a fun way to work on rhyming, and I hope that my students keep working on rhyming using words like food words that they use daily to keep working on this skill.
Updated to add this awesome rhyming game my students have fallen in love with!
For more simple preschool ideas, check out my book Everyday Preschool!