Rhyming Picture Mats

Rhyming is an important step toward reading because it teaches kids to recognize patterns in words – a skill they’ll use when they learn spelling patterns later. Just like the activities included in our rhyming pack, these picture mats are a fun, hands-on way to help build rhyming confidence and skills in no time.

Free Rhyme Picture Sorts

Getting Ready

The prep for this activity was quick and simple. I printed the mats and cards on cardstock to give them extra durability and cut apart the pieces.

(If you’ll be using the sort in a classroom, you may also want to laminate the sheets for added sturdiness.)

FREE Rhyming Picture Mats. What a fun rhyming activity for preschool or kindergarten.

Rhyming Mats

I chose a few mats for the kids to work on first so that they wouldn’t feel too overwhelmed.

We talked about how words that rhyme have the same ending sound. “Bat” and “cat” rhyme, “dog” and “log” rhyme, and so on.

Listening to the last sound we hear in each word was quite tricky for some kids. I used the “cat” sorting mat first and explained that “cat”, “mat” and “hat” rhyme because they all end in the /-at/ sound.

We worked as a group to brainstorm other words that end in /-at/: rat, that, sat…

Then I introduced some of the other rhyming picture mats like “tree”. Some kids picked it up quite easily and were able to think of other words that rhymed like “me”, “she” and “knee”. When it was time to complete the rhyming mats, I let those kiddos work on the entire set at once. They were ready for the challenge.

Such a fun rhyming activity for preschool or kindergarten! FREE rhyming mats.

For kids that struggled with rhyming, I had them work on 2 or 3 rhyming mats at a time, giving them no more than six picture cards to choose from.

As they gained confidence and became more skilled at spotting words that rhyme, I added extra mats and pictures to their pile.

Free Rhyme Printables

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12 Comments

  1. Sondra

    Thanks Rosemary. These will be fun to do with my grandkids!

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    • Rosemary

      Thanks Sondra, I hope your grand kids enjoy the activities. 🙂

      Reply
  2. Cindi

    I love these rhyming cards! My students struggle with rhyming and I love having different ways to review and practice this skill

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    • Rosemary

      Hi Cindi, I’m glad you love the activities. My students struggle with rhyming too, so I’m often trying to think of something new to try. I’ve just made some more rhyming printables, so be on the lookout for those later in the month.:)

      Reply
  3. Carmen

    Thank you very much for sharing these great resources! They will be of great use for my kindergarten students during the upcoming school year!

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  4. Emma

    Thanks for sharing

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  5. Emma

    Thanks for sharing but I have trouble in finding the blue button to download, please help.

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  6. verna

    Thank you.

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  7. Rebecca PERERA

    Thank you for the forthcoming training on building thriving readers. I am looking forward towards the secrets.

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    • Malia Hollowell

      Hooray Rebecca! I’m so excited that you’re looking forward to the webinar on Sunday too. I can’t wait to see you there! 🙂

      Reply
  8. Randi

    Would you have a set like this without the words on them. During our flooding time we are told that the pictures can’t be with words.

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    • Ashley

      Hi Randi,
      I apologize, but we don’t have a set without words on them at this time.
      Warmly,
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

      Reply

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