Teaching Resource

I Can Rhyme! Game

PDF, Google Slides | 8 pages|Grades: Pre-K - 1

Practice producing rhyming words with a set of 36 rhyming word cards and game boards for up to 5 players.

Open up your students’ minds to rhymes! 

In this activity, players choose a card to identify the word and verbally produce a new word that rhymes with it. 

How to Use This Rhyming Words Exercise

Use this resource as a reading center activity, with your guided small group, or as a whole class activity (see below) to practice producing words that rhyme.

Players choose a card, identify the word, and say a rhyming word. If the words rhyme, they keep the card on their I CAN RHYME! board. If the words do not rhyme, they put the card back.  

Scaffolding and Extension Tips + More Ways to Play with This Rhyming Words Exercise

Challenge students who already understand the concept to record the rhyming words on a whiteboard or piece of paper. When the game is complete, students can look at their lists and produce additional rhyming words.

Invite students to use a visual reminder, like an anchor chart or an alphabet display, to sound out words they may struggle with. 

Use this resource as independent practice for fast finishers, and for full-class learning opportunities like scoot activities, lesson reviews, formative assessments, and more.

Rhyming Words Brain Buster

As a small group or full class, challenge your students to think of as many rhyming words as they can. Working through each word at a time, say the word out loud and break it apart by its sounds. Then, give the students 30 seconds (you keep time) to give you some examples of words that rhyme with it, writing the words down as you go. 


During small group instruction, create a grid of 5 cards on top of a table. Give each student a fly swatter. Say a rhyming word for one of the pictures and have the students swat the card that rhymes with the word you say. The first student to swat it correctly sets the card aside in their own pile to keep score. The student with the most cards wins. 

Write the Room (Scoot Activity)

Hang sheets of chart paper around the room and post a card on each one. Individually, or with a partner, have students rotate around the room adding one word that rhymes with the word on the card. Words may be used only once.

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

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This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan and a Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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