8 Silly & Fun Ways to Play with Rhymes for Kids

Rhymes for kids is a great way to enhance language skills. Rhyming words for kids is the basis of many traditional children’s literature books because rhyming phrases helps kids learn.

Let’s Play with Rhymes Today!

Rhyming Words For Kids

Today we are super excited to have a guest, Melissa Taylor from Imagination Soup to tell us more about silly rhymes for kids. She has a passion for teaching literacy in a fun and unexpected way.

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children's rhymes using foam letters.
The first letter of the word makes such a difference!

Children Rhymes

I love that learning to rhyme and playing with rhyming are foundational skills for reading.

Don’t you?

Rhyming is so much fun! Plus, the sillier you make it, the more kids will enjoy it.

Here are my top eight favorite ideas for fun, playful rhyming activities for kids.

1. Sing Rhyming Songs

Sing these familiar songs to practice rhyming.

Silly variation: When you get to the last word in a line, change it!
Example: In the Ants song, see what other words you can rhyme with the number words.

Songs

Down By the Bay

Miss Mary Mack

The Ants Go Marching One by One

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

2. Rhyming Thumbs

Take rhyming with you anywhere like this easy-to-play game that is perfect for the waiting room, a restaurant, or a sister’s lesson.

Say two words that may or may not rhyme. Have your kids decide if the words rhyme or not:

  • Thumbs up if they rhyme.
  • Thumbs down if they don’t.

3. Toss, Rhyme, Catch

My daughter who is seven still loves to play this with me. We get a ball and stand (or sit) facing each other.

The person who tosses the ball says a word. The other catches and throws it back, saying a word that rhymes. Keep going until you run out of rhyming words. Then, start with a new word.

Example: Hall “ ball and turtle “ surtle (yes, you can use nonsense words in our game!)

4. Funny Rhyme Treasure Hunt

Write your own treasure hunt clues using rhyming end words. Not only is it a great way to be active, but you can use so many  funny rhymes to keep your child engaged.

Let’s play rhyming games!

5. Magnet Letter Words

Do you have magnetic letters for your fridge? Use them to start a word tower. Make an easy word like HAT. Ask your child to make list of rhyming words underneath. This way it’s easy to see the letter family in the pattern:

  • HAT
  • CAT
  • BAT
  • SAT
  • RAT
  • MAT
  • …AT

6. Explore Nursery Rhymes

Read nursery rhymes together. Find several that you can learn by heart. Now, try to say them in silly voices: cowboy, fancy person, squeaky mouse, loud talker.

Nursery Rhymes are full of…well…rhymes!

Nursery Rhyme Books

7. Read Rhyming Books

As your reading these rhyming stories, see if your child can guess what rhyming word is coming up. (Especially in Guess Again! Because there’s a trick!)

5 Little Monkeys jumping on the bed…

8. Fingerplays

Fingerplays are chanting rhymes with hand movements. You probably know more of these than you think. They’re great because they add movement to rhyme!

  • The Itsy, Bitsy Spider
  • Pat-a-Cake
  • I’m a Little Teapot
  • Open, Shut Them

So rhyme and play,

this very day.

Your kids will say,

Hip-hip, hooray!

Rhyming Finger Play Books for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Let’s get fancy with finger play rhymes!

Want More Children Rhyme Activities?

What better way to learn about rhyming than with poetry and limericks!

What is your favorite way to play with rhymes? Do rhyming word games come naturally to you?

10 Comments

  1. These are great ideas. I am always looking for new ways to incorporate rhyming into our day. I can’t wait to try out the thumbs up if if rhymes, thumbs down if it doesn’t.

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  5. Great ideas – rhyme all the time!! I use the thumbs up thumbs down all the time in my Kindergarten classroom – for rhyming and so much more too! A great way to quickly see who gets it in a large group 🙂

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  8. Heather Brown says:

    I am so grateful for all these great ideas. I care for a brother and sister, she is almost 6 and he is almost 10. We love reading and singing and using our imaginations. Thank you so much for the new ideas. It is sometimes difficult to come up with new activities that are both educational and fun.

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