Your child will practice recognizing pairs of rhyming words in this activity. Rhyming is a pre-reading skill and also increases vocabulary and imagination.
Begin by telling your child that you have a basket full of items (or pictures of items). Say, “See all of these objects in my basket? Together, we’re going to figure out which two objects belong together because they rhyme, or have the same ending sound.” Hold up a cat and a rat. Say each word slowly and deliberately as you say, “Cat and rat are rhyming words because they both have the -at sound at the end.” Ask your child to repeat the words. Next, find some words that do not rhyme. Hold up a dog and fish. Say each word slowly and deliberately as you say, “Dog and fish do not rhyme. Those words do not sound the same at the end.”
Now hold up two objects that rhyme. Say each word slowly and have your child repeat the words. Ask your child if they rhyme. Continue, holding pairs of objects/pictures that rhyme or don’t rhyme, and help your child as needed.