How will you make children learn rhyming words in the class in a fun way? A few activities like circle the rhyming word, match-up, coloring rhymes and other such rhyming exercises etc. have been given in this EduZenith article, to make learning and teaching interesting.
Rhyming words are group of words that sound similar. Rhyming words are used in a poem, play or fiction to add melody so that one can easily remember and recite them, e.g. Cat and Hat, hip and dip, told and hold, etc. These words possess similar ending sounds. Such group of words are rhyming words.
Children are more receptive, if their study lessons are made easy and interesting to learn. Teaching children rhyming words is not an easy task. Thus, teachers can make use of some interesting activities and games in their class. Teaching rhyming words can be helpful in improving speech communication, like understanding phonics, syllables and words, intonation, and music. Teaching rhyming words can include writing activities which will also help children gain knowledge to write correct words and spellings, building vocabulary and word power. If you add brainstorming activities too, like riddles, storytelling, puzzles and assignments, it will further enhance learning.
Fun Activities for Teaching Rhyming Words
Draw some square boxes on the blackboard, each box containing a word. One thing to remember is that each written word must have at least one word of similar sound, anywhere on the blackboard. Ask children to color the rhyming words with their favorite color, but note that both words should be marked with the same color.
For example – There are 18 words in 18 squares, color two words that rhyme.
Click on one word to find its matching rhyming word, so that both the words will be highlighted in the same color.
Form 3 groups and assign a rhyming name to each. You can either conduct activities like search rhyming words from a text or can give the children some words and ask them to find out rhyming words from the same. The group that searches for more rhyming words should be declared the winner and of course, they should be getting small prizes like chocolates, trophies, etc. to motivate them further.
Here are some examples of common rhyming words:
- Oil - spoil, toil, broil, soil
- Ant - chant, grant, scant, pant
- Oon - moon, soon, afternoon
- Ot - shot, hot, cot, lot
- At - bat, cat, rat, mat, hat, sat, gat, tat, that, pat
Add some pictures of rhyming words in two separate columns. In this activity, one has to match rhyming words through pictures.
There are 12 different pictures in the following image. Ask students to draw a line between two matching pictures that rhyme. E.g. We've matched the picture of 'Frog' with the picture of 'Dog' as 'og' is the rhyming scheme between the two.
(Click on the image to print a Copy.)