Turtle Rhyming Puzzles


These free rhyming puzzles help kids learn to identify CVC words that rhyme. They’re great for kids in preschool and kindergarten.


Rhyming is an important skill that helps kids develop their phonological awareness. I teach rhyming in two phases – identifying rhyme and generating rhyme.

To teach kids to identify rhyme, I love activities such as laying out three pictures, saying the words such as “dog, cat, log” and then asking them “What rhymes? Dog, cat? Or dog, log?”. Once the kids can identify words that rhyme, then I move on to generating words that rhyme. This is when you say a word such as “frog” and the kids come up with a word that rhymes on their own. So you may ask “What’s a word that rhymes with frog?” and they may reply with a word like frog, log or dog.


Turtle Rhyming Puzzles

The aim of these rhyming puzzles is to help kids identify simple CVC words that rhyme. The puzzles feature a cute turtle theme and varied lines to help kids self-correct.


Preparation – Print and laminate the rhyming puzzles for added durability. Cut along the lines to separate the puzzles. I usually store my puzzles in a sandwich size zip lock bag.

How to Play – Spread the cards out on a flat surface such as a table. Choose a turtle head, look at the picture and say the word that rhymes – such as “fox”. Then find the other half of the turtle with the word that rhymes – such as “box”. Continue to match the turtles by finding each pair of pictures that rhyme.

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More Identifying Rhyme Activities

The following activities are also great for helping kids learn how to identify words that rhyme. You can click on the links below each picture to find out more.


Check out these rhyming worksheets here.


Check out this free set of rhyming cookies here.


More Awesome Rhyming Activities

If you’re looking for some more fun rhyming activities, be sure to check out the links to more free activities (shown below).



Campfire Rhyming Cards // Recipe for Teaching

Robot Rhyming Mats // Teach Me Mommy

Turtle Rhyming Puzzles // Fairy Poppins

Rhyming CVC Words // Playdough to Plato


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