Rhyming Turkey Cards

Activity for ages 3 to 5.

Rhyming is one of the skills children need to learn before they’re ready to dive in and start reading. (You can see the 4 signs kids are ready to read HERE.)

These adorable cards are a playful way to work on rhyming skills with your little turkeys this Thanksgiving. Just print and play!


Getting Ready

To prep, I first printed the cards on white cardstock to keep them extra durable for little hands.

Then I used my paper trimmer to cut around the outside border.  

I grabbed a small bucket to keep the rhyming cards in, but you could also store them in a pencil box or a storage baggie.

The entire set of Rhyming Turkey Cards includes 54 pairs: shell-bell, dog-log, etc. 

Rhyming Turkey Cards

From small groups to independent literacy centers, I love this activity because there are a variety of ways I could use the cards with my kindergarten students.

Find a Rhyme

First, my students started with the full pile of cards and searched through the stack to find the matching rhyme: bat-cat, fan-can…

They continued until all of the cards had been matched.

If you find that using ALL of the cards at once is too overwhelming, simply pick a smaller amount and work up to matching the complete set.

Rhyming Cards Memory

Another day, students played a motivating memory game with the set.

They shuffled the cards and then turned them face down on the ground.

Students took turns turning over two cards at a time looking for rhyming pairs: nest-vest. It was a match! So the child placed both cards in her keep pile.

After all the rhyming pairs were found, the student with the most rhyming pairs was declared the winner. 

Again, the activity could easily be adjusted to meet the needs of your students by using all of the rhyming cards or just a few.

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  1. zula

    These are super cute! Thank you for making these! However, I am also having trouble downloading. 🙁

  2. Carmen Ferrer

    Nuevamente 🙁 no puedo descargar este precioso material. Gracias a su consejo pude descargar la otra vez pero…. no recuerdo que tenía que hacer?? Ayuda por favor. Gracias, Carmen

    • Ashley

      Hi Carmen,
      I sent you an email with download instructions.
      Hope that helps!
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

  3. Candy


    • Ashley

      Hi Candy,
      Thanks for reaching out. I’m sorry you’re having trouble downloading. We never want that. Please check out our troubleshooting video HERE for help. You’ll also want to make sure you have the most recent version of Adobe Reader Other and that you’re allowing pop ups from our site. If you still can’t get it to work, you can email me at hello@playdoughtoplato.com
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

  4. Jackie

    I don’t understand where to clock t get the turkey rhyming cards. They look adorable!

    • Ashley

      Hi Jackie,
      Thanks for reaching out.
      You want to click on the blue Download Here button. It’s directly below the image of the Thankful turkey craft.
      Let me know if you need any further help.
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador



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