Toddler Language

Being able to rhyme usually begins around 4 years of age. If your child just turned 3, I would wait a little bit to work on this skill!

Language Milestones Targeted

Expressive Language

Receptive Language

  • Uses about 500 words 
  • Speaks with 4+ word phrases 
  • Understands 900 words 

Do They Rhyme?

To start this practice, we will focus on having your child identify if 2 words rhyme or not. This is a bit easier than actually rhyming words. 

What You Need: Rhyming List

How To Play: Print the list of rhyming words above. Read a pair of words from the list to your child and then ask....Do they rhyme?

If your child gets it right, yeah! Move on to the next pair. If your child makes a mistake, repeat the pair of words again and emphasize the ending sound. Explain how the ending sounds are the same so they rhyme or how they are different and don't rhyme. 

Repeat the list a few times for a few weeks or until your child gets good at it.

Which 2 Words Rhyme?

What You Need: Rhyming list of 3 words

How To Play: From the attached list below, read all 3 words in one row and then have your child decide which two words rhyme. This task is good for auditory memory as well. 

If your child gets it right, go on to the next question. If your child can’t figure out the answer, read one word such as “dog” and then ask your child..."does dog, log rhyme" or "dog, cat rhyme?"

If your child still doesn’t get it right, tell hime/her which 2 words rhyme while emphasizing the ending sounds. Explain how they sound the same at the end!

Time To Rhyme

What You Need: Nothing, just a set amount of time to play with child

How to Play: While at dinner, riding in the car, out for a walk, or playing at home, practice rhyming with your child. Say a word and ask your child to say a word that rhymes. Then, have your child say a word and you make up a rhyming word. 

Most kids like to play this “game!”

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