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Rhyming Words and Activities for Kids

Michele Meleen
Mother and daughter thinking on bed

Kids might think rhyming words are just for preschoolers, but as their vocabulary expands so do the rhyming sets students can complete. Incorporate these rhyming lists taken from grade-appropriate sources like the Dolch Sight Words and Fry high frequency word list.

Kindergarten Rhyme Sets

By age five or six children start to learn sight words and simple words so they can begin to read.

  • See, she, be, bee, me, we, he
  • Look, book, cook, hook, took
  • Run, one, sun, son, done
  • Can, an, ran, than, man, pan

Rhyming Scavenger Hunt

Choose one word from one of the rhyming sets. Ask your child to find something that rhymes with that word and bring it back to you. Kids should try to find as many rhyming items as they can in five minutes. They can bring back an object, point to something fixed, or write a rhyming word.

First Grade Rhyme Sets

Kids at this grade level should be able to read simple sentences and start to discover more complex words that aren't spelled phonetically.

  • By, fly, eye, why, try,
  • When, then, again, men, pen
  • You, who, do, new, too, through
  • Could, wood, should, would, good

Make A Rhyme Memory Game

Have your child write each word from the list on a separate index card. Mix up all the index cards then place them face-down in a grid. Take turns flipping over two cards at a time. If they rhyme, you keep the pair and take another turn. If they don't, you flip them back over, and it's the other person's turn. The player with the most rhyming pairs at the end wins.

Second Grade Rhyme Sets

Students ages seven to eight should begin writing complete narratives for projects and book reports. They'll need to increase their vocabulary knowledge with spelling lessons to write interesting texts.

  • Around, found, ground, sound, round
  • Does, was, fuzz, buzz
  • Fast, last, past, cast, mast
  • Those, chose, close, slows
  • Your, four, more, door, poor

Write A One-Line Story Rhyme

Challenge your child's creativity with a fun writing activity. Ask him to choose a rhyme set from the list then write one sentence that includes all the given rhyming words. The sentence must make sense and use each word exactly as it is, without modification.

Third Grade Rhyme Sets

At this grade level, kids start to use more linking words, temporal words, and begin writing dialogue.

  • Eight, great, state, rate, gate, ate, wait
  • Clean, mean, been, green, machine, seen
  • Though, ago, grow, show, low, know, slow
  • Start, smart, part, cart, dart, heart, tart

Create Rhyming Art

Choose one rhyme set to work with on an art project. Provide basic craft supplies such as paper, glue, markers, and scissors. Kids must choose one word from their rhyme set to make an image of. Then, they should include all the other words in the main image. For example, in the first set you might choose "eight" as the main image. You'd have to craft an "8" using drawings of gates, states, and the actual written versions of the other words on the list.

Fourth Grade Rhyme Sets

Fourth graders should be able to write nonfiction and fiction in a clear and coherent manner.

  • Dance, chance, enhance, stance
  • Written, bitten, kitten, mitten
  • Teacher, creature, preacher, feature, bleacher
  • Weather, feather, tether, together, leather

Write A Backward Rhyming Poem

Typically in poetry the rhyming words come at the end of each line. In this wacky activity, kids are challenged to start each line with a rhyming word. Instruct students to choose one rhyme set from the list. They can write their poem following any rhyme scheme, but the rhyming words must appear at the start of the lines rather than the end.

Fifth Grade Rhyme Sets

Kids ages ten and eleven are expected to use precise language and advanced narrative techniques such as pacing.

  • Brother, mother, another
  • Laugh, calf, half, graph, staff
  • Pipe, hype, type, stripe, swipe, gripe, ripe
  • Wonder, blunder, thunder, plunder

Host a Rhyming Bee

Gather a group of kids to compete in a rhyming version of a classic spelling bee. On their turn, each child is given a word. They will have five seconds to shout out a rhyming word. If they give a correct response, they move onto the next round. If they give a wrong response, they are out. Kids can't repeat a word that's already been used. The last student standing is the winner.

Rhyme Time Any Time

Kids of all ages can learn new skills from studying rhyming lists. Use your child's curriculum to choose age-appropriate words then look for rhyming words to pair them with.

Rhyming Words and Activities for Kids