Rhymes, rhythm and repetition

Rhyming helps babies and children learn about words, sounds and language formation.

Hearing and using rhyme, rhythm and repetition helps children develop early literacy skills. The repetition of words, ideas and skills is important for early brain development, as it creates secure foundations for early learning.

Using rhyme, rythm and repetition in song, while reading or even to make up your own rhymes, is great fun for babies and children. Rhyming lets children learn about sound and have fun with words.

Making your own rhymes in conversation (for example, ‘let’s pat the cat’ or ‘see the bee in the tree’) or making a funny poem can spark your child’s imagination and can be a fun way to learn. Encouraging your child to think of their own rhyming words lets them get creative and explore sounds.

Image Children and an educator make funny faces as they sound out words in a ryming book

Published — 11 October 2016 Last updated — 02 November 2016