Sally Go Round the Sun

Sally Go Round the Moon

Sally Go Round the Chimney Top

Every Afternoon.

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Children are aware of rhymes long before they can identify them and can identify them sooner than they can produce them. Reading, reciting, or singing rhymes to young children before they can understand the principle behind rhyming is as important as introducing children to music before they can create it or to books before they can read.

Being able to hear and identify words that rhyme is the earliest phonemic awareness task. Phonemic awareness is the understanding that a word is made up of a sequence of discrete sounds, or phonemes, and it is an essential skill for learning to read. Plus, rhyming is the precursor skill to identifying syllables within words.

3 Tips for Playing Rhyming Games with Young Children:

  1. Ask children to listen for the “words that sound alike.”
  2. Try to use rhyming words that have only one syllable, such as “cat,” “sat,” “mat.”
  3. When first introducing the concept of rhyming, use words that can be associated with pictures, such as “dog” and “frog” or “sun” and “moon.” Later, progress to playing rhyming games without visual support.

Try this free Kindermusik@Home activity: Rhyme Around Town 

Rhyme Around Town Kindermusik@HomeThis rhyming activity for young children introduces the concept of rhyming in a simple way, then challenges children to spot the words that “sound alike.” Does mouse rhyme with pig or house?

Looking for more activities that support a young child’s development? Find a local Kindermusik educator at and visit a class.

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