Toddler Language

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Phonological awareness is basically being aware of sounds in words and being able to manipulate those sounds. Some examples of phonological awareness skills are: 

  • Rhyming
  • Syllable segmentation
  • Identifying sounds in words (first, middle, last)
  • Deleting or adding sounds
  • Blending sounds together
  • Phonological awareness is extremely  important for later reading and writing skills.  

By 4 years of age, a child should be able to identify if words rhyme and even rhyme words.

The games in this section will target the important skill of rhyming.

What’s Included:

  • Activities to practice rhyming
  • Easily printable handouts
  • Space provided to make notes, ask questions, etc...

Recommended Use:

  • Practice these activities in order. Each activity increases in difficulty.
  • Your child may need motivation such as a sticker to complete the activity.

Phonological Awareness Games

1. 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: 

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.

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2. Which 2 Words Rhyme?

What You Need:

How To Play: 

Print the word list. Read all 3 words located in the same row and then have your child decide which two words rhyme. This is a good auditory memory task 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 him/her which 2 words rhyme while emphasizing the ending sounds. Explain how they sound the same at the end!

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3. 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
  • Have your child say a word and you make up a rhyming word
  • Take turns saying 2 words that rhyme

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