I recently talked to a retired teacher that taught young kids to read her entire career. I asked her about ways to teach young children to read. My four year old twins are just beginning to read, and I was so excited to pick her brain on the best ways to prepare them for (hopefully) a lifetime of reading. I was surprised when she emphasized the importance of rhyming for early readers. She encouraged me to sing rhyming songs, read rhyming books and poems, and do rhyming activities with my kids. I’ve been on the hunt for rhyming activities since, and I created three free rhyming printable activities for early readers that my preschoolers love.
Why is rhyming important for early readers?
Rhyming helps kids hear and notice the sounds of language. Rhyming also helps kids hear many common word patterns, like -ed, -ick, and -ing, for example. Becoming audibly familiar with these sounds helps kids visualize them written.
Rhyming also helps kids understand the rhythm of language, and it’s fun! My kids have always loved nursery rhymes and rhyming books.
What printable activities are in the PDF Free Rhyming Printable Activities for Early Readers?
- Match the Rhymes – 3 pages of matching activities where kids draw lines to connect the rhymes.
- Rhyming Words Card Stack – 17 cards that kids can sort into three piles of rhyming words. I find this works best if I choose one card, and then we go through the other cards one at a time looking for rhymes.
- Fill in the beginning of the rhyming words – 2 activity pages where kids can fill in the beginning letter of a series of rhyming words.
My four year old twins really enjoyed these activities. They were a challenge, and we worked through them together.
After completing these activities, my four year olds were interested in rhyming for the rest of the day. Additionally, they tried to find rhymes to words we used, and it seemed they noticed rhyming words more after these activities.
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