Rhyming Words for Kids (Complete List)

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It’s rhyme time -- do you know enough rhymes to keep up with your child?

Many of us have fond memories of learning nursery rhymes and rhyming stories when we were children.

These tales are important because they expose children to rhyme, which is essential for language development (1). Children who have strong early language abilities, including listening and speaking, are shown to develop more robust reading and writing skills.

Helping your child recognize and use rhyme will help them first with their verbal language and then with their literacy. Introducing rhyming words for kids is an excellent way to do that.


How Do You Teach Rhyming Words To Children?

Children learn about rhyme in three stages, although there is much overlap as they move from one step to another.

Rhyme Exposure

This is when your child hears rhyming words. This can be in songs, when you read rhyming books together, or elsewhere. At this stage, you should point out rhyming words to your child.

Rhyme Recognition

Once your child hears a rhyme and points it out, they have reached the stage of rhyme recognition.

Rhyme Production

Finally, your child will be able to produce rhyme themselves. They may take great pride in asking you questions, such as, “Do you know what rhymes with door? More!”

While this may seem like a small thing to you, to them it’s big. Make sure to show them that you’re impressed with their newly-found knowledge.

Ways To Teach Rhyming Words

Make learning to rhyme fun by using some of these methods.

Share Rhyme In Books, Poems, And Songs

Reading rhyming books and poems and singing together will expose your child to rhymes in a fun, relaxing way. Read the complete story or sing the entire song first and then go back and point out the rhymes.

Then, when your child is aware of the concept of rhyming, ask them to point out the pairs of rhyming words they hear or read.

Once your child is familiar with rhymes, read or sing, but don’t say the second rhyming word. Instead, ask your child to provide a suitable rhyme.

Puzzles

Rhyme word puzzles are a fun way for your child to practice pairing up rhyming words.

Clip Cards

Not all rhyming words have the same spelling at the end. To prevent your child from becoming confused by the spelling, use peg cards where your child picks the correct rhyme according to the picture.

Lap Books

Create nursery rhyme lap-books with your child. First, print out the standard nursery rhyme and then have your child replace the original word with another of their own that rhymes.

Rhyming Dictionaries

Help your child find suitable rhyming words with a rhyming dictionary. These can be immensely helpful no matter what age you are, especially if you are a teacher, writer, or write lyrics for songs.

Rhyming Words For Kindergarten

These are great options for those who are younger than kindergarten or those who are still working on completing that first year in school. These are simple words that won’t be too challenging for this age.

Words That Rhyme With At

  1. Bat
  2. Cat
  3. Fat
  4. Hat
  5. Mat
  6. Pat
  7. Rat
  8. Sat
  9. Vat
  10. Slat
  11. Brat
  12. Flat
  13. Chat
  14. Splat
  15. That

Words That Rhyme With An

  1. Ban
  2. Can
  3. Fan
  4. Man
  5. Pan
  6. Ran
  7. Tan
  8. Van
  9. Flan
  10. Plan
  11. Span
  12. Scan

Words That Rhyme With Ab

  1. Cab
  2. Dab
  3. Drab
  4. Fab
  5. Flab
  6. Grab
  7. Jab
  8. Nab
  9. Lab
  10. Slab
  11. Tab
  12. Crab

Words That Rhyme With Ad

  1. Add
  2. Bad
  3. Clad
  4. Dad
  5. Fad
  6. Had
  7. Lad
  8. Mad
  9. Pad
  10. Rad
  11. Sad

Words That Rhyme With All

  1. Ball
  2. Call
  3. Fall
  4. Hall
  5. Mall
  6. Shawl
  7. Tall
  8. Wall
  9. Thrall
  10. Gall

Words That Rhyme With Ag

  1. Bag
  2. Flag
  3. Drag
  4. Gag
  5. Hag
  6. Nag
  7. Rag
  8. Sag
  9. Tag
  10. Wag

Words That Rhyme With Ip

  1. Ship
  2. Chip
  3. Clip
  4. Dip
  5. Drip
  6. Flip
  7. Grip
  8. Hip
  9. Kip
  10. Lip
  11. Nip
  12. Pip
  13. Rip
  14. Sip
  15. Slip
  16. Skip
  17. Snip
  18. Tip
  19. Trip
  20. Zip

Words That Rhyme With Ap

  1. App
  2. Cap
  3. Clap
  4. Flap
  5. Gap
  6. Lap
  7. Map
  8. Nap
  9. Rap
  10. Scrap
  11. Slap
  12. Snap
  13. Strap
  14. Snap
  15. Tap
  16. Trap

Words That Rhyme With Id

  1. Bid
  2. Did
  3. Hid
  4. Kid
  5. Lid
  6. Mid
  7. Rid
  8. Sid
  9. Grid
  10. Slid
  11. Skid
  12. Squid

Words That Rhyme With Op

  1. Bop
  2. Cop
  3. Crop
  4. Clop
  5. Drop
  6. Flop
  7. Hop
  8. Mop
  9. Plop
  10. Prop
  11. Shop
  12. Stop
  13. Swap
  14. Top

Words That Rhyme With Am

  1. Clam
  2. Cram
  3. Dam
  4. Gram
  5. Ham
  6. Jam
  7. Lamb
  8. Ram
  9. Slam
  10. Spam
  11. Tram

Words That Rhyme With Ig

  1. Big
  2. Dig
  3. Fig
  4. Gig
  5. Pig
  6. Rig
  7. Twig
  8. Swig
  9. Wig
  10. Brig

Words That Rhyme With Ar

  1. Are
  2. Bar
  3. Car
  4. Far
  5. Jar
  6. Scar
  7. Star
  8. Tar
  9. Ajar
  10. Guitar

Words That Rhyme With Aw

  1. Awe
  2. Caw
  3. Claw
  4. Draw
  5. Flaw
  6. Paw
  7. Raw
  8. Saw
  9. Straw
  10. Thaw

Words That Rhyme With Ay

  1. Bay
  2. Clay
  3. Day
  4. Gray
  5. Hay
  6. Jay
  7. Lay
  8. May
  9. Pay
  10. Play
  11. Pray
  12. Say
  13. Stay
  14. Spray
  15. Sway
  16. They
  17. Way
  18. Tray

Words That Rhyme With Ell

  1. Bell
  2. Cell
  3. Dell
  4. Fell
  5. Gel
  6. Sell
  7. Shell
  8. Smell
  9. Spell
  10. Tell
  11. Well
  12. Yell

Words That Rhyme With En

  1. Den
  2. Men
  3. Pen
  4. Ten
  5. Then
  6. When
  7. Wren
  8. Zen
  9. Ben
  10. Ken

Words That Rhyme With Et

  1. Bet
  2. Get
  3. Jet
  4. Let
  5. Met
  6. Net
  7. Pet
  8. Set
  9. Wet
  10. Yet

Words That Rhyme With Ew

  1. Blue
  2. Blew
  3. Brew
  4. Chew
  5. Clue
  6. Crew
  7. Cue
  8. Do
  9. Dew
  10. Drew
  11. Ewe
  12. Flew
  13. Glue
  14. Grew
  15. Knew
  16. New
  17. Phew
  18. Shoe
  19. Shoo
  20. Stew
  21. Through
  22. Threw
  23. True
  24. Two
  25. View
  26. You
  27. Who
  28. Zoo

Words That Rhyme With In

  1. Bin
  2. Chin
  3. Din
  4. Fin
  5. Grin
  6. Inn
  7. Pin
  8. Shin
  9. Skin
  10. Spin
  11. Twin
  12. Thin
  13. Tin
  14. Win

Words That Rhyme With It

  1. Bit
  2. Fit
  3. Hit
  4. Kit
  5. Knit
  6. Lit
  7. Mit
  8. Nit
  9. Pit
  10. Sit
  11. Quit
  12. Skit
  13. Slit
  14. Spit

Words That Rhyme With Od

  1. Cod
  2. Bod
  3. Odd
  4. Nod
  5. Plod
  6. Prod
  7. Rod
  8. Squad
  9. Trod
  10. Pod

Words That Rhyme With Og

  1. Bog
  2. Blog
  3. Cog
  4. Clog
  5. Dog
  6. Fog
  7. Frog
  8. Hog
  9. Jog
  10. Log

Words That Rhyme With Op

  1. Top
  2. Chop
  3. Cop
  4. Crop
  5. Drop
  6. Flop
  7. Hop
  8. Mop
  9. Pop
  10. Shop
  11. Stop

Words That Rhyme With Ot

  1. Blot
  2. Cot
  3. Clot
  4. Dot
  5. Got
  6. Hot
  7. Knot
  8. Not
  9. Plot
  10. Pot
  11. Rot
  12. Shot
  13. Spot

Words That Rhyme With Ow

  1. Bow
  2. Brow
  3. Cow
  4. How
  5. Now
  6. Pow
  7. Sow
  8. Row
  9. Vow
  10. Wow

Rhyming Words For First Grade And Older

These are useful rhyming words for first graders and above with an expanding skillset.

Words That Rhyme With Ake

  1. Ache
  2. Bake
  3. Cake
  4. Brake
  5. Break
  6. Fake
  7. Flake
  8. Lake
  9. Make
  10. Quake
  11. Rake
  12. Sake
  13. Take
  14. Sneak
  15. Steak
  16. Stake
  17. Wake

Words That Rhyme With Ale

  1. Bail
  2. Bale
  3. Kale
  4. Dale
  5. Fail
  6. Hail
  7. Mail
  8. Male
  9. Nail
  10. Pail
  11. Pale
  12. Rail
  13. Sail
  14. Snail
  15. Sale
  16. Stale
  17. Tail
  18. Tale
  19. Trail
  20. Whale
  21. Detail
  22. Toenail
  23. Email

Words That Rhyme With Ain

  1. Brain
  2. Cane
  3. Chain
  4. Crane
  5. Drain
  6. Gain
  7. Grain
  8. Lane
  9. Mane
  10. Main
  11. Pane
  12. Pain
  13. Plain
  14. Plane
  15. Reign
  16. Rain
  17. Sprain
  18. Stain
  19. Strain
  20. Train
  21. Again

Words That Rhyme With Or

  1. Door
  2. Chore
  3. Core
  4. Four
  5. For
  6. Sore
  7. Floor
  8. Door
  9. More
  10. Oar
  11. Snore
  12. Soar
  13. Store
  14. Score

Words That Rhyme With School

  1. Cool
  2. Cruel
  3. Drool
  4. Fool
  5. Fuel
  6. Ghoul
  7. Jewel
  8. Mule
  9. Pool
  10. Spool
  11. Tool
  12. Who’ll
  13. You’ll
  14. Yule

Any Time Can Be Rhyme Time

Whether you are playing rhyme I-spy, singing nursery rhymes, or reading a book of children’s poems, the time you spend sharing rhymes with your child is helping them develop spoken language.

Build a little rhyme time into every day and give your child an advantage.

Introducing rhyming words is an excellent way to lay a solid foundation for literacy.

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About the Author

Patricia Barnes

Patricia Barnes is a homeschooling mom of 5 who has been featured on Global TV, quoted in Parents magazine, and writes for a variety of websites and publications. Doing her best to keep it together in a life of constant chaos, Patti would describe herself as an eclectic mess maker, lousy crafter, book lover, autism mom, and insomniac.
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