Rhyming is an important pre-reading skill for children. Having phonological awareness to hear the different parts of words (beginning and ending sounds) separately is the first step to understanding rhymes. One way to help children learn about rhyming is to read or sing rhymes to them.
My favorite book on rhyming is “Rhyming Dust Bunnies” by Jan Thomas. The book is about four dust bunnies, Ed, Ned, Ted, and Bob. Three of them love to rhyme all time. Bob always joins the game, but his words never rhyme with his friends. In the end you find out that Bob is trying to warn his friends about what is going on around them (like someone using a vacuum cleaner). I like that the book includes a variety of simple rhyming words but also shows that not all words rhyme. The book is short, entertaining, and simple. It is a great option for an adult to read to young children and for beginning readers to read on their own or to an adult. In conclusion if you are looking for a book about rhymes, I suggest “Rhyming Dust Bunnies” by Jan Thomas.
Some other well-known books that help with rhyming are: There’s a Wocket in my Pocket by Dr. Seuss; Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin and John Archambault; and the Llama Llama series by Anna Dewdney. Any book that rhymes works to help children learn about it. So, find a favorite of your own.
If you prefer to sing or say the rhymes here are a few simple examples:
Five Green and Speckled Frogs
Five green and speckled frogs (hold up five fingers)
Sat on a speckled log,
Eating the most delicious bugs,
Yum, yum! (Rub tummy with other hand)
One jumped into the pool (tuck one finger down)
Where it was nice and cool,
Then there were four green speckled frogs,
Four green and speckled frogs…
(Continue until there are no speckled frogs on the log).
The first to come to the garden bed
Is a lovely butterfly of brilliant red.
Then in comes another and that makes two,
Fly right in, my friend of blue.
“The garden is fine, the best I’ve seen,”
Says the butterfly of spring time green.
Our garden needs a sunshiny fellow,
Fly in, butterfly with wings of yellow.
Little friend of purple, fly in too,
This garden is waiting for a color like you.
Orange, orange you’ve waited so long,
Fly right in where you belong.
Butterflies, butterflies you’re such a sight,
Flying in together-a summer delight!
Hey Diddle Diddle
Hey diddle diddle
The cat and the fiddle.
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed to see such a sport.
And the dish ran away with the spoon.