Try This Rhyming Words List (+10 Free Rhyming Cards)

Do you need a rhyming words list to use with your students? This blog post contains rhyming words and recommended activities to engage your students. This list of words may be useful when working with preschool students, kindergarten kids, and students in 1st grade. A definition of phonological awareness and an explanation of phonemic awareness are included. Example tasks for phonological awareness are explained (rhyming, alliteration, syllable blending, phoneme isolation, phoneme segmenting, phoneme blending). Speech therapists and teachers will also find a recommended list of rhyming word books, activities, and games. In addition, you can score your own FREE set of picture cards to target rhyming. Make sure to bookmark this post! 

This blog post provides a rhyming words list and also provides free rhyming picture cards

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What Is Phonological Awareness?

Phonological awareness is identifying and manipulating sound structures in words.

It can involve identifying or manipulating words, syllables, and sounds.

Some example phonological awareness activities include:

  • rhyming (recognizing rhyming pairs, producing rhymes)
  • alliteration (i.e. identifying words that start with the same sound)
  • syllable blending (segmenting words into syllables, counting the number of syllables in a word)
  • phoneme isolation (identifying the first, middle, or last sound in a word)
  • phoneme segmentation (“tell me the sounds in the word bat” -/b/…/a/…/t/) and phoneme blending (“I’ll say these sounds slowly, then you blend them to make a word: “n”…”a”…”p”)


50 Fun Phonics Activities. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.savvas.com/resource-request/50-fun-phonological-activities

5 Phonological & Phonemic Awareness Activities. (2024). Retrieved from https://www.lwtears.com/blog/5-phonological-phonemic-awareness-activities 

Here are free rhyming words list and a rhyming word picture cards for speech-language pathologists and teachers to use for phonological awareness

What Is Phonemic Awareness?

Phonemic awareness is identifying and manipulating phonemes (individual sounds) within words. 

It’s a subcategory of phonological awareness.

Some example phonemic awareness tasks include:

  • sound isolation (“What’s the first sound in the word ‘bat’?”, or “What’s the last sound, or ending sound, in the word ‘pig’?”)
  • sound blending (this involves “blending” sounds together to form a word- “What word do these sounds make? /h/…/o/…/t/?”)
  • segmentation (this task involves the ability to ‘break’ words apart into phonemes- “What sounds are in the word ‘bat’? /b/, /a/, /t/”)
  • sound addition (this is when you add a sound to a word to create a new word- for example, adding the /s/ sound to the beginning of the word ‘pin’ to form the word ‘spin’)
  • phoneme substitution (sound substitution involves changing one phoneme in a word to another- for example, changing the /t/ in the word “tap” to /s/)


LeVos, Dr. J. S. (2024). Phonemic Awareness: Parent Guide and Essential Skills. Retrieved from https://www.beginlearning.com/parent-resources/phonemic-awareness/

Phonological Awareness and Language Development

SLPs know that phonological awareness provides a strong foundation for overall language development.

A solid foundation in phonological awareness is important for reading and spelling development.

Research indicates that children with spoken language impairment often struggle with phonological awareness tasks

Gail Gillon’s research recommends that SLPs focus on phoneme-level tasks, such as blending and segmenting individual speech sounds.

Though this can be hard work, students need to practice these skills.


Gillon, G. (2002). The ASHA Leader7(22), 4–17. doi:10.1044/leader.ftr2.07222002.4

Speech Sound Development and Phonological Awareness Skills

How is phonological awareness linked to speech sound development?

Children need to be able to both perceive and produce speech sounds.

​Understanding the individual sounds within words is an important phonological awareness skill.

Correctly producing these sounds is beneficial during phonological awareness tasks. 

What Are Rhyming Words?

Rhyming words are words that end with similar sounds.

An example of a rhyming word pair is “cat” and “bat”.

It is important to note that in the English language, rhyming words do not always need to be spelled the same way. 

An example is “cake” and “ache”. 

This picture shows a rhyming word pair from the ake word family

Are Rhyming Words Spelled the Same?

Many rhyming words often have similar letter patterns. 

For example, “gate” and “date” both end in “ate”.

However, some letter patterns may rhyme but are spelled differently.

An example would be “wait” and “late”.

Hands-On Activities and Resources

Are you looking for hands-on activities to work on phonological awareness? 

Speech-language pathologists, teachers, intervention specialists, and other educators who work on rhyming and phonological awareness tasks will want to check out these fun resources. 


These fun ocean-themed phonological awareness worksheets target rhyming and other phonological awareness skills!

Danielle L. reviewed, “An excellent resource for teaching phonemic awareness to not only struggling 2nd grader readers, but all students. Thank you!”

This picture shows a rhyming worksheet that can be used to work on phonological awareness skills

This resource targets the following skills:

  • selecting which word doesn’t rhyme
  • identifying words that rhyme
  • generate a rhyming word 
  • segmenting words into syllables
  • sentence segmentation
  • identifying the first, middle, or last sound in a word
  • phoneme blending 

Each worksheet is low ink and no prep.


These games provide a fun way to work on phonological awareness!

  • Rhyming Bingo Game: the perfect rhyme activity for ages 4 and up! Your student will receive a bingo card and find the matching rhyme to earn a token 
  • Splat (Rhyming Words): this is a fun rhyming game for 1st, 2nd, or even 3rd-grade students who are working on rhyming skills
  • Rhyming Word Dominoes: this is a picture-supported rhyming dominoes game that your students may enjoy

Want to incorporate some physical education into your rhyming game? 

Play a game where your student completes the action you say, then generates a rhyming word:

  • skip
  • hop
  • jump
  • run
  • tap
  • stand
  • see

Another fun idea would be to go on a scavenger hunt around the school or outside on the playground.

If you spot a bug, you could think of words that rhyme (such as ‘hug’).

When your student spies a ‘slide’, he can think of another rhyming word (‘hide’).

Books and Stories

Books and nursery rhymes are a great way to work on phonological awareness!

They may include an internal rhyme (when two or more words rhyme in a sentence or verse).

An example of a book that contains an internal rhyme is “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault.

Here are rhyming books for speech therapy:

  • Nursery Rhyme Flip Book: this fun resource contains 20 nursery rhymes, such as Humpty Dumpty, Hey Diddle Diddle, and Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabley: this book is simply an enjoyable experience with a rather grumpy and selfish pug who learns to share!
  • Bear Feels Scared by Karma Wilson: not only does this book include rhyming words, it also contains some amazing tier II vocabulary words 
  • Hop on Pop by Dr. Suess: this classic and fun book would make a great addition to your phonological awareness library!
  • The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen: I’m obsessed with this adorable book that features a sad fish who learns how to smile  
  • Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney: this cute story features a llama who isn’t that patient with his mama 
  • Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle: the adorable illustrations and fun rhyming text in this story will ensure this becomes a favorite in your speech room or classroom!
  • Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas: these dust bunnies love to rhyme! Your students will enjoy the vivid illustrations in this book

In addition to children’s books, SLPs or educators may wish to purchase a rhyming dictionary

Song Lyrics

Children’s songs can be a wonderful way to work on rhyming!

Songs such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, The Wheels on the Bus, and Row, Row, Row Your Boat are great choices!

FREE Rhyming Picture Cards

Need some easy rhyming words and picture cards?

These cards could be used during small group centers or independent work.

Check out these free rhyming word cards with simple rhyming words to use with younger students. 

Add these rhyming cards to a sensory bin!

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This picture shows free rhyming picture cards that can be used for phonological awareness activities with preschool or kindergarten students

Rhyming Word Lists

These rhyming word lists contain a variety of word families:

  • ack (back, black, jack, pack, snack)
  • ad (dad, fad, had, bad, sad)
  • ag (bag, flag, rag, snag, stag)
  • ail (snail, mail, pail, sail, quail)
  • ain (pain, grain, gain, rain, plain)
  • ake (bake, brake, Jake, snake, shake)
  • ale (pale, scale, whale, sale, Dale)
  • all (call, ball, small, fall, tall)
  • am (ham, bam, clam, jam, scram)
  • an (can, fan, van, man, pan)
  • ank (bank, blank, thank, Frank, plank)
  • ap (cap, gap, nap, map, tap)
  • ark (bark, shark, park, Mark, spark)
  • ash (cash, dash, mash, trash, smash)
  • at (bat, hat, pat, cat, rat)
  • ate (gate, plate, skate, date, late)
  • ave (brave, cave, save, wave, gave)
  • eep (beep, cheep, sheep, sleep, sweep)
  • ell (bell, fell, smell, shell, yell)
  • en (den, ten, pen, hen, when)
  • et (pet, vet, set, wet, net)
  • ice (nice, dice, price, rice, mice)
  • ick (pick, stick, Nick, kick, trick)
  • ide (bride, glide, slide, ride, hide)
  • ig (big, pig, dig, fig, twig)
  • ock (sock, block, lock, rock, flock)
  • og (frog, fog, dog, log, hog)
  • ub (cub, club, tub, shrub, stub)
  • ug (bug, dug, hug, tug, slug)
  • unk (bunk, junk, skunk, sunk, trunk)


In conclusion, this article provided a rhyming words list. It also recommended exciting and effective games, activities, and worksheets that can be used to target rhyming with your students. 

Be sure to bookmark this post so you can reference this article anytime!

SLPs may appreciate the importance of phonological awareness with regards to language development. 

Additionally, you can download this free rhyming words activity that includes picture cards to use with your students. 

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