- Although rhymes may seem unimportant when educating a toddler, they actually have many benefits. Not only is rhyming fun for children, but it also helps to develop rhythm, memory and auditory skills. Participating in various rhyming activities with your child will encourage a sense of humor as well as teach him listening skills.
- Create a list of easy words such as "day", "cry", "key" and "four." Show your toddler the list and allow him to choose one of the words. If he cannot yet read, have him point at the word. Say the word for him and then ask him for words that rhyme. If he needs help, give him an example (if the word is "cry", tell him that "fly" sounds like cry). Explain to him that the ending sound is what creates the rhyme. After he's figured out as many rhymes as he can for the first word, move on to the next.
Rhyming Match Game
- Gather about six to ten index cards (you will need an even number). On one, draw a picture of an image that your child is familiar with (i.e. cat, dog, spoon). On another card, draw a rhyming image (i.e. bat, log, moon). Continue creating pairs of rhyming images on the cards until each card has an image. Lay the cards out in rows and flip them over, image-side down. Have your toddler choose one card and flip it over. Tell her to try and find another card that contains an image that rhymes with the first. If she does not make a match, flip both cards over and start again. When she finds a match, he may remove the two rhyming cards from the pile. Continue until all rhyming matches have been found.
Read Rhyming Books
- To familiarize your child with rhyming words, read him rhyming books. Dr. Suess books are easy-to-read and contain catchy illustrations that will keep your child's attention. A few examples are "The Cat in the Hat", "Green Eggs and Ham" and "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish." Nursery rhymes are also a fun, educational way to rhyme with your children. "All Around the Mulberry Bush", "Jack and Jill" and "Humpty Dumpty" are a few ideas. When reading, add emphasis to the rhyming words and encourage your toddler to rhyme along.
Make Up Songs
- Create silly (or serious) songs with your toddler using rhymes. When it's raining, sing something like, "I can't go outside and play because outside it's raining today!" Or, if you're driving in your car and your toddler gets restless, make up a little tune; "Driving in my car, going really far, wonder where we are!" Be enthusiastic about it and ask your child to come up with their own songs.