Rhyming Cards

rhyming cards

Here are three printable rhyming cards above you can download to use for whole and small group rhyming activities. Click on the picture above to download.

Whole Group:

  • Pass one card out to each student. Next, call out “rhyming friends” and the students have to find their classmate who has a card that rhymes with theirs.
  • On index cards, glue 2 pictures to each card. Make some cards with rhyming pairs and other pairs that do not rhyme. Show one card to the class, ask them to identify the pictures orally, and ask the students if they rhyme. I have found that when teaching young children to rhyme it helps to use hand motions to indicate rhyming pairs and non-rhyming pairs. If the two pictures rhyme the students place their hands in front of them palm to palm- in a finished clap position. If the words don’t rhyme they move their hands out to their sides with the palms facing up as if they were shrugging without the shoulder movement. This is a physical movement that they quickly learn to associate with things that are the “same” and “different”, it also works well with English language learners. You could also extend this idea and have them do other physical movements to indicate rhyming and non-rhyming pairs such as jumping or clapping.

Small Group:

  • Have students match pairs of rhyming cards
  • Place 3 cards in front of students, 2 that rhyme and one that does not and ask them to tell you which words rhyme. To spice up this activity you can have the students use fun pointers and props to indicate the correct answer. Things like witch fingers and small, decorative pencils with fun erasers on the end are highly motivating.
  • Make a rhyming mat for each student in your small group using the pictures above. Place real objects in a basket that rhyme with the pictures on the mats, you can use the Lakeshore Letter Sound Tubs for this. For example, if the caller holds up a bat the student(s) who have a cat on their mat would place a chip on the cat because it rhymes with bat.

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Vanessa is the creator of Pre-K Pages and author of the book A Fabulous First Year and Beyond: A Practical Guide for Pre-K and Kindergarten Teachers. She has more than two decades of teaching experience and enjoys helping kids and teachers through her professional development sessions. Follow Vanessa on Facebook, Google +, Twitter and Pinterest.


  1. Thank you for the printables. Those are great ideas. I like having them find their rhyming friend. I’ve been reading “Raising Confident Readers.” Richard Gentry suggests to have your child give you a high five every time he hears a rhyming pair when reading. My little one loves high fives so it has worked great. I agree that hand movements help cement that knowledge.

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