Rhyming Activities for Early Readers

Rhyming words are simply two words that end with the same sound. Emerging readers often learn to read, write and spell using Word Families - a group of words that have the same ending letters or ending sounds. (Example: 'AT' Word Family is fat, cat, mat, hat.) Here are some fun accessible rhyming activities for young students!

Going on a Rhyme Hunt

Tell your students to, "Find an object that rhymes with ____."  Students will look for objects that rhyme with the desired word. Initially, encourage students to walk around the room and touch things that rhyme. Example: "Find an object that rhymes with blue." The student might find the object, 'glue'.

For students who are visually impaired, carefully define the area that the student searches for the object. Initially, the item might be defined as things in the student's desk, in his backpack, or even body parts. The student can physically touch these items to provide clues of words that rhyme. Items can also be placed randomly on the student's desk. The defined area make be expanded to specific centers in the classroom or rooms in his home. Then, the rhyming word matches may be expanded to larger areas, such as items on the playground or in the gym. The student should move from physically touching the items to thinking about items that are typically found in these areas.

Rhyming Objects Examples

Body parts:

  • said/head
  • boulder/shoulder
  • hose/nose
  • bear/hair

Objects in backpack:

  • den/pen
  • blue/glue
  • munch/lunch

Objects in classroom:

  • Care/chair
  • nook/book
  • fox/box
  • sock/clock
  • label/table

Objects on playground:

  • fall/ball
  • ding/swing
  • hide/slide
  • madder/ladder

Rhyming Riddles 1

Students read the rhyme and write their answer. These rhyming riddles work well when recreated in Google Forms using fill in the blank (short answer) format. If your student is not yet ready to write the desired word, create a Google Form using multiple choice answers. (Information on how to create accessible Google Forms here.) Google form quizzes are fully accessible with screen readers and easy to navigate! 

If your student is using an iPad but has not yet mastered Google Forms, you can copy/paste the riddles into a Pages or Google Docs document and your student can listen to the document using VoiceOver.

Rhyming Riddles Examples

Use these rhyming riddles below or create your own rhyming riddles! Choose simple sight words or spelling words and create your own rhymes.

  • You sleep in me and I rhyme with sled.
  • I am an animal that can hop and rhyme with log.
  • You need me to eat and I rhyme with moon.
  • You wear me on your head and I rhyme with cat.
  • I say “oink” and rhyme with wig.
  • I light up the sky and rhyme with fun.
  • I say “quack” and I rhyme with truck.
  • I am red, white, and blue and rhyme with bag.
  • You can fly me in the sky and I rhyme with white.
  • You have ten of these and they rhyme with rose.
  • I fall from the sky when it’s cold and rhyme with glow.
  • I soar fast through the sky and rhyme with wet.

Editor's Note: The Rhyming Riddles were found on Pinterest; unfortunately, the author is unknown.

Rhyming Riddles 2

These rhyming riddles are more challenging, as the words rhyme but may be spelled differently. This is a great spelling activity!

Start with a base word and read the clue. The answer will fit the clue and must rhyme with the base word!

Example: Base word is "Air." There are 19 different clues/words on this worksheet.

  • First clue is: The clue is "A forest animal."
  • Second clue is: "A type of fruit."

Find 15 base word rhyming worksheets on the Bogglesworldesl website. You can download 10 free practice sheets.

Recreate this workshop in an accessible digital format (Google Forms, Pages, Docs, etc.) for students with visual impairments!

Rhyming Take Out the Trash

Write two or three simple rhyming words per sentence, along with one word that does NOT rhyme. The student needs to 'take out the trash' by eliminated the word that does not rhyme. 

When creating rhyming take out the trash word groups using traditional paper braille worksheet, the student can "erase" the braille word that does not rhyme. With a Pages/Docs worksheet, the student can delete, mark or move the "trash" word. With a Google Forms worksheet, the student can choose (multiple choice) the trash word or can write the trash word in the fill-in-the blank format.

Examples of Take Out the Trash Words

cat, hat, wig

dad, mom, sad

pig, wig, hat, dig


Note: The rhyming activities that are done on an iPad (or other device) are compatible with a braille display. If desired, the student can mute VoiceOver and complete the assignment using refreshable braille only.