Who’s excited for a rhyming words activity for kindergarten??!?! Surely, not just me…. I remember, one day early in the school year I sat among a small group of kindergartners. We were working on rhyming words. I began each rhyme and asked my students to raise their hand if they had an idea for the ending.
Hey, diddle, diddle, the cat and the…..FIDDLE! Star light, star bright, first star I see….TONIGHT!
We were on a roll. The students were engaged, excited and most importantly they were actually rhyming! We were talking about how we can HEAR the rhyme and how cool it is because they have the same LETTERS at the end, and so on.
I threw out the last rhyme.
Hickory, dickory, dock. The mouse ran up the…..BED!! yelled one enthusiastic kindergartner with a smile as wide as his face.
And so goes the job of preschool and kindergarten teachers across the globe:)
The Ice Cream Rhyming Words Activity for Kindergarten is absolutely perfect for helping your students become better rhymers. The instant feedback young learners get is priceless!
Download this free, no-prep rhyming words for kindergarten with pictures activity today to help any budding reader form a deeper understanding of our language. Hopefully, with time and patience, your little rhymer will happily shout DOCK…CLOCK!
Importance of Rhyming
Many studies show a correlation between early oral language and success with learning to read. Rhyming is an important component of oral language. All of the talking, singing and conversing we do with young children helps them understand increasingly complex language structures as they grow.
Nursery rhymes and early childhood chants and songs allow children to begin to hear how sounds relate to words, and later, how those sounds correlate to letters. As all of those complexities come together, children learn to read!
The more language a child hears, whether talking, singing or reading, the better off they will be when it comes to learning kindergarten reading skills.
Teaching rhyming words for kindergarten is just one component of phonological awareness that preschool and kindergarten teachers teach. Other concepts include breaking words into chunks, and identifying beginning/middle/ending sounds in words.
Eventually, students begin to read short CVC words and can start to SEE that those words rhyme because they have the same endings.
How to Use the Digital Ice Cream Rhyming Activity
Click on the link below.
Then, choose your preferred version: Seesaw or Google Slides.
In Slides, make sure to click the “Make a Copy” button so you have your own copy that you can then name whatever you want.
Once you have the slideshow open, the fun begins! Just name the picture on the ice cream scoop on the right and determine which picture on the left is the rhyme. Once your child finds the rhyme, they just have to click on the ice cream scoop and drag it over to place on top of the other scoop!
Finish up by naming the rhyme at least once. Then, move on to the next slide. Do as many as your learner is interested in.
Remember to keep this activity very ORAL. Ask your child to name each picture, then say the two of them together to see if they can HEAR the rhyme. The more rhymes your child hears, the better rhymer they will become.
In the event of a mistake, make sure to emphasize the correct answer by saying it a few times.
Other Rhyming Activities
Kindergartners should engage in a variety of hands on activities to recognize and identify rhymes. Rhymes should be introduced both orally with rhyming pictures and with CVC rhyming written words when young learners are ready.
Vary your lesson plans to include a variety of activities. Teach some rhyming games for kids to be able to independently explore. Sometimes, your entire lesson might be learning a poem, chant, or a song. Have fun!
- Carve out ‘Rhyme Time’ every day, even if it’s just a few brief minutes.
- Share rhyming books and poems and point out the rhymes.
- Play rhyming games like “Rhyme Around the Circle,” where one person starts and every other person must create a rhyme (even nonsense words work!)
- Play a memory rhyming matching game by placing sets of rhyming pictures upside down in a grid and turning over two at a time to make a match.
- Engage students in rhyming worksheets to vary the instruction and help them make that connection between pictures and words.
- Create a deck of rhyming word cards, perhaps with the word on the front and a picture on the back for students to match, read, and explore.
- Create clip cards with three pictures, but only two of them rhyme. Students will clip the one that doesn’t belong.