Are you looking for a rhyming game to help your child brush up on this important skill? Try our free matching activity!
Rhyming is one of those oh-so-important pre-reading skills. In fact, children who have difficulty rhyming usually have trouble learning to read. That’s why I’ve written a couple of posts about rhyming.
- Why rhyming is important
- How to teach your child to rhyme
I’ve also recommended some rhyming books to help your child learn to hear rhyming words.
- Rhyming books for kids ages 2-4
- Rhyming books for kids ages 5-8
I’ve also shared my popular rhyming clip cards. Now I’ve taken some of those rhymes and put them into a simple matching game. I hope you get a chance to try it!
Free rhyming game
The download includes 24 rhyming pairs, but I kept it simple when I introduced the game to my preschooler. We played with just ten sets.
As he turned over a card, he named the picture. I included the words on the cards for kids who can read them. I also wanted to make sure that there’s no confusion as to what each picture represents.
As he flipped over two cards, he checked for a rhyming match. If the two cards weren’t the same rhyme, he turned them back over. When he found a rhyme, he put the cards in his “win” pile.
Rhyming is easy for my four-year-old. In fact, he breezed through my rhyming clip cards without any trouble. But the memory element of this game really challenged him. He enjoyed it, and I could see him learning. I call that a winner!
I recommend printing the sheets on cardstock and laminating. The rhyming cards will be very durable that way! If you’d like the blue backs (pictured), print pages 2-9 front to back. If you’d like to have white backs (or print on your scrapbooking paper trimmed to a standard paper size), just print pages 2, 4, 6, and 8.
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