Phonics Phase One Aspect 4: Rhythm and Rhyme

This aspect really encourages children to tune in to the sounds of words. Children need to build a stock of rhymes through hearing them lots of times in books or songs. Showing pleasure in books and enjoyment of reading helps children to see them as a source of interest. There are many wonderful books written in accessible rhyme for children. Dr Seuss is always a good place to start but of course we all have our favourites.

Explore below for a number of Activity Village resources that will help with this aspect of Phase One Phonics. You could also explore our collection of printable children's action song lyrics here if you need more inspiration.

Phonics Phase One Aspect 4: Rhythm and Rhyme

Activity Ideas

  • Read - and keep reading! Choose books and stories with repetitive refrains and encourage the kids to join in
  • Sing - and chant and move. Include singing and rhyming activities in everyday routines
  • Point out rhymes "in the wild" - you're a poet and you know it! Celebrate if your children notice a rhyme!
  • Rhyme challenge - produce an object (or notice an object as you go about your day) and challenge the kids to find a rhyme.

Our Phonics Phase One Aspect 4 Resources

Phase One Rhyming Words Dominoes

Phonics Phase One Rhyming Words Dominoes

Play a traditional game of dominoes with these printable dominoes cards, but instead of matching dots, match the words that rhyme. Fun for kids of all ages. You could laminate the cards if you like, or glue them onto rectangles of craft foam for a more substantial "tile".

Phase One Rhyming Words Odd One Out

Phonics Phase One Rhyming Words Odd One Out

These colouring in sheets are great for practising rhyming sounds. There are 4 sheets in total in this pdf file. They could be used for more discussion around other words that the children can think of that rhyme.

Phase One Rhyming Words Odd One Out Colour

Phonics Phase One Rhyming Words Odd One Out Colour

These colourful sheets (4 in the pack) make a great quick starter activity. You could show them to the children on the screen or print them out and laminate the pages so that the children can circle the odd one out using dry-wipe pens.

Phase One Rhyming Words Snap Pairs Game

Phonics Phase One Rhyming Words Snap Pairs Game

Use our colourful cards for a game of rhyming word Snap! Or a game of pairs, where the children must find rhyming pairs. The children need to be familiar with the rhyming word families before they can use them in a game – spend time looking at the pictures and talking about the pairs.

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