These sorting mats are wonderful for practice with rhyming words!
When I asked my readers what they wanted to see next, a number of them asked for rhyming activities. And one reader in particular asked for a rhyming activity in the same format as my consonant sound sorting mats.
Originally I hesitated to share those consonant sound sorting mats because they aren’t exactly low-prep. But I’ve received lots of positive feedback on them.
So… here you are. Rhyming word sorting mats!
The download includes fourteen separate mats. On each mat, a child is holding a sign with a picture. Children need to find the four picture cards that rhyme with the main image. You’ll find rhyming mats for the following words: snail, clap, bell, king, toe, pot, pie, knight, key, glue, plug, snake, tag, and lock.
To prepare the activity:
- Print the mats and cards.
- Laminate (we love this laminator!)
- Cut apart the cards and mats. (Note: Experiment first. I like to cut apart the pieces after laminating so I don’t have to cut twice, but it depends on your machine. Ironically, the big expensive school machines may not have as tight of a seal, causing the cards to peel if you don’t cut them apart before laminating.)
- Attach clear Velcro dots to the mats and backs of the cards.
Even though his grandparents were visiting, I was able to persuade my Four to step away from Grandma time and do a little rhyming. I started with just two mats to keep it simple. I helped him identify the main images on each mat.
He often needed help identifying the name of each picture before he could determine where it fit. (To make this easy for you, I included a picture key with each set of pictures in the download.)
After sorting between two mats, we decided to go for three. He took off all the pictures (love that Velcro rriiip!) and placed them in a row. I mixed them up.
For each card he named the picture and the key images. “Shell. King, shell. Lock, shell. Bell, shell. Yup – bell, shell.” Then he attached the picture to the correct mat.
I was pleased with how well he did with these! Maybe it’s because he’s been listening to me read a lot of my Little Letter Books to his 2-year-old sister. They’re packed with rhymes and really help kids develop an ear for them!
We did one more set of three mats before he was ready to be done.
He loved these, and we’ll be sure to pull them out again!
More FREE rhyming activities you’ll love:
- Rhyming Bingo cards (a giant classroom set!)
- Rhyming clip cards
- Rhyming matching game
- Printable books of songs and nursery rhymes