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Rhythm and Rhyme

Tips for teaching rhyme:

  • When talking to your child about rhyme the best explanation is that ‘words that rhyme sound the same at the end’.
  • When teaching your child anything it is important that it is fun and in short bursts (no longer than 5-10 minutes).
  • Remember that the concept of rhyme is very tricky for young children; don’t worry if they don’t get it straight away!


Activity one

What nursery rhymes do you know?

Can you teach someone at home a rhyme?

Sing nursery rhymes with your child and miss out the second word that rhymes. For example 'Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great...........(fall).

Leave a gap to allow your child to fill in the missing word.

As they become more confident see if they can think of any other words that might rhyme (wall, fall, tall, ball). Reminding your child that these words all sound the same at the end.

If you aren’t very confident with singing nursery rhymes they are easy to find if you type ‘nursery rhymes’ into YouTube.




Activity Two

Read a rhyming story at bedtime and see if your child can pick the words that rhyme (they are usually at the end of sentences). Read these books with plenty of intonation and expression so that your child can tune into the rhythm of the language and rhyming words. Encourage them to join in with repetitive phrases such as “Run, run, as fast as you can, you can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man.”

So have a look through the book shelf to see if you have any stories that rhyme, all stories written by Julia Donaldson are very good for finding words that rhyme.