Free online rhyming games are a great way to engage the whole class in an activity. We have searched the internet to find some of the better ones here. The online rhyming games include.
These games are all free to play, and available online. We also have a Christmas Rhyming game as i am updating this at Christmas!
I am putting this up jointly as a memory jogger, and if it was as time consuming for others as well as me to find these, as hopefully a useful bookmark for other English teachers out there who have sat looking for half useful sites to teach this skill to their students as well.
I will try to stay on top of these as they do have a tendency to disappear from time to time (looking at you Digby the Rhyming Mole!!) However these should fit in with your lesson quite nicely. I am in the process of making one that is based on an infinite runner so if you’re not one of the 3 people that read this in the week i publish it is worth checking out the online games or the apps section of my website to see if i was successful!
We also have articles on the best games for other English and Phonics subjects as well. These include:
So lets kick this off.
A nice, functional does what is says on the tin rhyming game. Students have to match the rhyming pairs as they appear in a block of six on the screen. It has good vocal options so students can press and hear the word, however it also has them written. pros and cons to this of course.
It has multiple rounds, so it can last 10 minutes plus and does mix up the words so no game is the same. It uses images to help with vocab. as much as it can, and these although a little dated now do the job. As it reduces the number of options each time a pair is found it also helps to give confidence to students who struggle with English.
If you want to try it, just try here. https://www.turtlediary.com/game/words-that-rhyme.html
This game is part of a bigger website ( of the likes i can only dream of!) It is functional and works reasonably well though its low on replay value due to there being two games ( that i have found) which replay the same sound ( ug and ill) however for a quick interactive blast on rhymes it works well and has been around for a fair while!
The two games, featuring bees and rhinos ( on a hill) ask the student to find the words rhyming with bug and hill respectively. it is short, though you can play through again and they do have a ten second skippable video you have to watch before it lets you play.
Still it works , and i have used the game in my classes as part of the collection , the only downside is its limited use of rhymes so it can be used for the idea of a rhyme rather than the teaching of onset and rime.
Check it out here https://www.roythezebra.com/reading-games/words-that-rhyme-with-ug.html
I like the idea of this, i also understand its designed to be slow for young learners, but it really is slow.
Game play wish it is nicely done, players listen, and are prompted visually to collect words that rhyme with the given sound. they move in the same way temple run works.
However the game is only three words long before it ends and then the students ‘visit grandma’ and then chose which word they have collected she wants to use. The game does not have dangers, and apart from asking you if you are still playing has no lose aspects. this makes it a little easy, even for my ESL students so it can be used but its not the go to game for me.
There is an easy and difficult mode included though the difference is marginal, and there is no option to choose the ‘rime’ you want to practice. it is still useful in a classroom as it is short ( if they get it right) and can allow more students to play.
It is certainly worth a look https://pbskids.org/superwhy/games/wonder-reds-rhyme-racer/index.html
I like this one, instead of checking just pattern recognition, it allows students to listen and match, a much better way of checking if they have acquired the skill. It is a simple game where students listen then press the word that rhymes with the spoken word, simple animations and has three rounds per game and a play again option.
It sticks with traditional spellings and doesn’t include a lot of alternative sound spellings, so better for less able students. It does work great though and i use it a lot when teaching.
The link is right here https://www.roomrecess.com/mobile/RhymeRoundUp/play.html
Another useful rhyme game that uses listening skills instead of letter recognition. Players this time have to read the word, and listen) then click on the picture. It has the added bonus of if they are not sure when the picture is is will say the word as you hover the mouse over it.
It also uses alternative sound spelling, ai, eigh, ay etc, so students can make a start with different ways to spell sounds. It is looking a little dated, but it works just fine and not every thing should be judged on style over substance!
It randomises the words so students wont be able to rote learn the answers and it will keep them guessing.
There are some plus points to this game, it give the teacher or player the option to choose the sound they wish to practice, and there is a good sized selection. However it concentrates on letter recognition. You could of course encourage students to have to say the word as they colelct them in the maze.
Is is a little time consuming to play if you are in a class but could still be used. For the large selection of ‘rimes’is is worth a look to see if its something you could find useful.
This game is fine if you have students who already have the vocabulary, but it requires them to knwo what the image is before they can practice rhyming. I work in ESL and this is a little beyond a lot of my students abilities so its use to me is minimal.
However if you have a native classroom in Kindergarten or Primary it could be useful as a whole class activity. It is pretty, and if you say the words as they appear it may work better.
If anymore decent ones cross my path i will update this page, and when the rhyming games we are working on are finalised i will add them here as well.
Please check out my other posts on both VR in schools and other educational matters and if you want to know more feel free to email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or to sign up with the form below.
Hi I’m Marc. A teacher of over 15 years, mostly English but dabbled in outdoor pursuits and media. Thought is was about time to sharing both what I have learnt during that time and the resources I have put together. On this site we aim to teach the theory and share our thoughts, but also go that one step further and give you access to the hard resources you need for your class or for you children. Feel free to take a look at our resources, email us on email@example.com, or jump on the Facebook group to ask questions. Happy learning, teaching or playing!