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Rhyming with Candy Hearts

Today we have a sweet rhyming activity for your kids! And it’s designed for all ages, because rhyming continues to be an important part of phonological awareness even as students move on to more advanced reading.

Let’s get started!

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Preparing Your “Rhyming with Candy Hearts” Game

Getting ready to play your “Rhyming with Candy Hearts” Game is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Just follow these simple steps!

  1. Select a level (we’ve included color and black-and-white cards for every level of All About Reading).
  2. Print, cut, and color (if necessary) the playing cards for your selected level.
  3. If desired, laminate your cards.

Playing the Rhyming Game

In this activity, your children match pairs of rhyming words. They’ll make the connection that if they can read wiggle they can also read giggle. We’ve included words from all four levels of All About Reading so everyone can play.

children playing rhyming activity

For younger kids, mix up the playing cards and place them on the table with the illustrations facing up so they only have to match the words. rhyming activity playing cards face-up

For older children, you can add an extra level of challenge by placing the cards face down and playing Concentration.

boy selects rhyming activity cards

Either way, children should read the words aloud as they match the rhyming pairs.

child holding rhyming activity cards

Continue playing until all the pairs have been matched.

children playing rhyming activity

I hope you enjoy playing this sweet rhyming activity with your children! Let me know how you liked it!

Be sure to check out our other posts on rhyming!

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Photo credit: Elaine from Humble Dwelling

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Virginia

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Love these!

Amber

says:

I really appreciate these resources. I have a child who really struggles with rhyming words. He really wants to be able to read, so this has been really helpful to get him where he wants to be.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Amber,
I’m sorry your child is struggling with rhyming. I understand; I had one that had a lot of trouble with it. You may find our blog post on Rhyming helpful as well. It includes free games and activities to help you work on rhyming.

Rachel

says:

What a fun way to learn rhymes!

Rebekah G.

says:

This looks like a good activity.

Amanda Burnem

says:

What a fun idea!

Sherry Salter

says:

What a fun way to review rhyming!

Danielle

says:

Thank you so much for this! I have a question though. It says it’s a reading and spelling review. How would I go about doing the spelling portion?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Danielle,
Great question!

That is where the blank hearts in the download come in. The children can make their own rhyming hearts. You can use their spelling cards to give them one word to write, then they come up with a rhyming word. You could also use the printed words for spelling practice, but make sure to choose words that they have covered in All About Spelling. The level 4 words here match with AAR 4, not necessarily AAS 4.

I hope this helps. However, if you would like an activity that is more directly for spelling review, check out our Popcorn Party! game.

Jennifer

says:

Thank you for this! My daughter will love it.

Jen

says:

What a cute idea! ❤️💗

Jennifer Whitcomb

says:

Looks like fun! My kiddos would love this activity!

Niki F

says:

What a great idea with Valentine’s day coming around the corner! Thank you!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Niki,
You are welcome! We hope you have a lot of fun and learning with this activity.

Breana

says:

I just came across this activity at the right time. My girls will love it! Thank you for sharing.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Breana. We hope your girls will have a great time with it!

Christina

says:

Will be giving this a try!

Amber Schaney

says:

Cute!!! We’ll be trying this out next week!!

Shelley

says:

Cute!

Joelle

says:

This looks like fun! Just in time for Valentine’s Day activities :)

Julie

says:

My heart loving daughter will LOVE to play this game. thank you.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Julie,
I hope she ❤️ this game! 😊

Jennifer Olszowy

says:

I love to use rhyming with my students, how fun!

Rhonda M

says:

Rhyming is so important! Thanks!

Susan

says:

Love it!

Tiffanie

says:

This is super cute. printed it today

Traci

says:

Looks fun! Thank you!!

JaimeB

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My youngest will love this (as will her older sisters!). She is in the Pre-reading program and rhyming with Ziggy is her favorite thing!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jaime,
I know Ziggy would love to play Rhyming with Candy Hearts with her!

Lucy Mills

says:

Thanks! We’re going to give this a whirl tonight!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I hope you had a lot of fun with this activity, Lucy!

Rebecca M

says:

This is so smart!

Jennifer

says:

This is a cute idea! My 5yr old is obsessed with rhyming right now!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jennifer,
I hope your 5-year-old enjoys this activity as much as we have!

Lindee

says:

Thanks for a great activity!

Desiree

says:

I want to try this with my boys!

Janine

says:

Looks like a really fun game! My kids will love it

Tara Bailey

says:

looks like fun!

Danielle Ray

says:

I love this! My son struggles with rhyming but this looks like a fun way to help him understand.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Danielle,
This can be a fun way to practice rhyming! However, we have another blog post that discusses the stages of rhyming and has other downloadable games and activities to practice rhyming. 5 Ways to Teach Rhyming

Most of my students have difficulty with rhyming words so this will be a great game for them to play. I am glad that you made a game for each level.

Carrie Miyake

says:

Looks like a fun way to get in a little learning and some family “game” time. Perfect game for this time of year. Looks cute.

Cindy

says:

Thank you so much for this! My young reader struggles with rhyming words so this is a huge help.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Cindy,
We are glad to help. We have another blog post with other rhyming games as well. 5 Ways to Teach Rhyming

Katie Wyatt

says:

Wow! I love this idea. I have often tried to help my kids identify word families and understand this concept. I think this makes sense.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Katie,
We have a blog post on Word Families that you might also enjoy.

Amanda

says:

I’m sure my daughters will enjoy this! Love that there are blank hearts too for my pre-reader!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Amanda,
You could use the blank hearts to match capital and lowercase letters if your child is ready for that. Or you can just use the letters your pre-reader knows and have him or her say the letter name as matches are made.

I hope you have lots of fun with these!

I am going round and round on whether or not to invest in another program for spelling for my kids. This is my first year homeschooling and I’m just not quite sure what is my best option. What I have learned is that they are horrible spellers. I have printed off a few of your freebies and they are great. I think that I’m 99% there.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Zoe,
Do you have any specific questions or concerns?

Here are some ways that All About Spelling can help kids that have struggled with spelling:

– Each lesson time is simple and explicit and will include 3 simple steps: the review of what was learned the day before, a simple new teaching, and a short practice of that new teaching.

– Incremental lessons. All About Spelling breaks every teaching down into its most basic steps and then teach the lessons in a logical order, carrying students from one concept or skill to the next. Each step builds on what the student has already mastered.

– AAS is multisensory. Research has shown that when a child is taught through all three pathways at the same time, a method known as simultaneous multisensory instruction, he will learn significantly more than when taught only through his strongest pathway.

– AAS uses specially color-coded letter tiles. Working with the letter tiles can make the difference between understanding or not understanding a concept.

– AAS is scripted so you can concentrate on your child. The script is very clear, without excess verbiage.

– AAS has built-in review in every lesson. Children that struggle generally need lots of review in order to retain concepts. With AAS, your child will have a Review Box so you can customize the review. This way, you can concentrate on just the things that your child needs help with, with no time wasted on reviewing things that your child already knows.

– All About Spelling has a gradual progression for increasing the student’s stamina and fluency in writing, from words and short phrases in Level 1, to phrases and short sentences in Level 2, to 12 dictation sentences per step in Level 3. Partway through Level 3, the Writing Station activity is introduced. In this exercise, students write sentences of their own that they make up using some of their spelling words. In this way students have begun to use words in a more real-world context through dictation and writing, to help them transition to longer writing assignments.

All About Spelling has a one-year guarantee. You can try it, and if for any reason you feel that it isn’t the right match for your child, return it for a full refund.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have additional questions.

Lisa

says:

I have used AAR and AAS with my daughter for about 3 years now and she loves the activities that go along with the lessons. It makes the lessons so much more enjoyable for her.

I have students reading at different reading levels and although this isn’t unusual it can be hard sometimes to find fun activities that will support and give enjoyment to all of them. We’re looking at poetry this term and although not my favourite topic the rhyming candy will support and demonstrate how easy it is to rhyme some words and challenge them to make silly sentences using the words. Thanks for all your hard work and I hope to continue downloading some wonderful resources.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Marjorie,
How wonderful that you can use this Rhyming with Candy Hearts activity to reinforce reading on your student’s different levels while also working with your poetry studies! We hope you have a lot of fun and learning with these!

Arfat Hadrami

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I am very grateful for receiving your innovative regular tips of ‘allaboutlearningpress’ and my kids,students and I have found it extremely useful by all means. Thank you very much indeed!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You are welcome, Arfat. We hope your kids enjoy this activity!

Nurjehan

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What a neat idea, I love and am sure kids will-love it and learn very well.

Cyndi stevens

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Cute!!

This will be so fun for Valentine’s.

Jen G

says:

Oh, these look like fun!

Lynn M

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This is lovely that you are offering these extras to use with your program. I suggest that you offer a black and white option also. I printed it in gray scale but I love to be able to save money on ink and then we color them ourselves.

Merry at AALP

says:

Thanks for the suggestion; I’ll pass this on to our team!

Susanna

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Rhyming has always been difficult for my son. Hoping he is going to enjoy using these along with his AAR.

Thanks!

Barbara

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After receiving the free penguin pack with my purchase of All About Reading Level 1 I decided to visit your site to see what other supplemental materials you have available. My kids are going to love this valentine packet, thank you!

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Barbara! Enjoy! :)

Janine

says:

Thank you for sharing this free printable.

I love the word choices in this rhyming freebie! So appropriate for older readers who need to expand their vocabulary knowledge as well as learn those spelling patterns. Sharing! :)

Shirley

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This would be fun to make it into a memory game!

Marissa

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Thank you for the free downloads. My kids love them.

alena

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Thanks for the free downlands. I use them for my children at school.

stefhny

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Thanks for the free downloads very useful to my daughter.

Amy

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This is great. Thank you so much for all the wonderful Free Dowloads you have. They are wonderful. My son and I love them. Thanks so much !! Have a wonderful day !! Amy and Andre :)

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