Rhyming Riddles

Today’s skill is a continuation of all your little one has learned about rhyming from past posts, but the skill also works with manipulating the beginning sound in the rhyming words.  So this is a great rhyming activity for your little ones who are ready for a challenge.

You are going to explain to your little one that you are going to give them rhyming riddles to solve.  Tell him/her that you are going to ask them that rhymes with a word that starts with a certain sound.  For example:

Mommy Teacher:  Is there a word that rhymes with punch but starts with /b/?  *Dont forget that when you see letters with // you make the letter SOUND.

Make sure to give your little one 3-5 seconds of wait time.  Repeat one more time.  Then prompt them with the answer (bunch)

1. Think of a word that rhymes with silly but starts with /ch/. (chilly)

2. Think of a word that rhymes with ton but starts with /r/. (run)

3. Think of a word that rhymes with bunny but starts with /f/. (funny)

4. Think of a word that rhymes with way but starts with /d/. (day)

5. Think of a word that rhymes with ball but starts with /t/. (tall)

6.  Think of a word that rhymes with fake but starts with /l/. (lake)

Come up with more riddles on your own specific to the skills you are currently working on with your little one!

After rhyming with the words funny and bunny I couldn’t help but use this picture of my sister from 1987/88.  I mean, she’s eating a carrot! And it was NOT Halloween or Easter either.

Rhyming Tree

What do you do when you have a friend who is an awesome mom, is super creative, and she shares her ideas with you, you share her ideas with everyone right?!?

Well, if you read my post “Read the Playroom” then you know how much I LOVED this:  Look at the pictures and notice a few things…. 1) She has a print-rich room with a lot of the objects labeled and the room is a great place to be active and still function as a learning environment.  Loving this!  She has a rhyming tree and this is what she says about it:

 “I saw the idea when I googled ‘playroom’ and someone had this as a bulletin board and I just made it specifically for rhyming. Anyway, this was super cheap to make! $15 for a roll of cork at Hobby Lobby (get it when it goes on sale for 50% or go online to print a 40% one item coupon and it’s even cheaper). Stuck it to the wall using double sided hanging tape, then at the Dollar Tree, bought a foam board for $1, cut it in half for the trunk. $0.99 for each bottle of paint at Hobby Lobby… I used 1 dark brown for the trunk, and 2 foliage green for the tree, printed off the words and used clip art from MS Word…. made this tree for under $12.
When I typed up the words on the computer, the first sound of the word I used a different color, and then all of the “at” rimes I used black so James can see that the ENDING sound is the same and the beginning is different.
I am working on putting a mailbox near the trunk of the tree that will hold letters of the alphabet so we can pull one letter out at a time and make a rhyming word, most will be nonsensical of course, but it will add to the fun of rhyming!”

Casey has a pre-k blog called http://prekplease.blogspot.com/ and her incredible kidspired creations are too cool to pass up!

If you get a chance to do a spin-off of the rhyming tree activity, please share it with all The Mommy Teachers!

Update from Casey: “The Dollar Tree had word strips (solid line at the top and bottom, dashed line in the middle) $1 for 30 so that I could label everything in the room.”

Fill in the Rhyme

“Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jump over the candle________”

This is the third phase of rhyming: Generating the rhyme that would complete the sentence.  However, you and I not only intrinsically rhyme, but we are familiar with this rhyme and if we are not, we could just use our deductive reasoning to figure that the word missing is “stick.”

Little children are trying to learn patterns in familiar rhymes so that they can acquire these skills.

So, first I want you to read your child some nursery rhymes or other rhyming books you may own, and after they are familiar with them, read them again without the second rhyme, giving them a few seconds of “wait time” to guess what rhyme is missing.

Then, I want you to print the following template:

Color The Rhyming Picture

Color The Rhyming Picture Poem


You are going to ask them to generate the rhyme and then color in the picture for the poem, or you can just ask your child to color the picture that rhymes with _______(for example, “fun”-and the answer would be “sun”).  My suggestion is to allow your child to name all the images in the picture first so that they will not be so confused when trying to identify the rhyming picture.

Even More to Learn About Rhyming

There are 3 different rhyming skills:

1) Listening to words and identifying whether or not they rhyme:  Do these words rhyme: “cat/rat”? ; Do these words rhyme: “hot/shoe”?

2) Listening to rhyming words and coming up with another one: “mop, stop, ________”  (Even if they say a made up word like shlop.)

3) Coming up with a rhyming word for a single word: “Can you think of a word that rhymes with day?”

My earlier rhyming posts are both activities that fall into the first category of the rhyming skills because both activities are made to listen for and identify whether or not the words rhyme.

Once your child can tell you whether or not words rhyme (skill #1), you want to practice activities that will help them to create rhymes. 

Click on the link for an activity for skill #2:

Create A Rhyme

Timing for Rhyming

I shared in my post “Why Rhyme?” that rhyming is a tier on the reading ladder because it gives children an awareness of sounds in words – words that sound the same versus words that sound different.
After you start working with them on distinguishing whether words rhyme or not (a listening activity), you will want to help your child listen to a string of rhymes and come up with a new rhyming word that would continue with the same ending sound.  For example, “What is a word that would rhyme with cat, mat, and hat?”  This is a great way for your little one to put into practice their rhyming skills.

But before we do that, I am including an activity that is going to introduce this concept without the “coming up with a new rhyming word” part.  Today, your little one is going to practice the first level skill by identifying which word in the group of rhyming words does not belong.  So your little one will determine if the which words rhymes with the other words (and which one doesn’t).  For example, “Cat, Mat, Sat, shoe?”  Which word doesn’t sound the same at the end of the word?  ________ (shoe)

I wanted to post another activity for rhyme identification so that you can help your little student master the skill before moving on to a more challenging rhyming activity.

Rhyming Match

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