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Concept: rhyming sounds

Game Type: card game for 2-4 players (3 is preferable)

Includes: 28 word cards and 1 robber card, rules, and a bonus skill sheet

Rhyming words are words that repeat identical ending sounds. Rhyming words are similar to “word families” but slightly different. In a word family the repetitive sound must be spelled the same, while a rhyming word can have a match with a different spelling pattern. For example, “bought” and “rot” are rhyming words but they do not come from the same “word family.” “Rot” and “cot,” on the other hand, do come from the same “word family.” Learning to recognize rhyming sounds is the first step in beginning to recognize short vowel “word families.” Cops and Robbers gives children the chance to practice 14 rhyming sound matches.

This game is played just like Old Maid. The object of the game is to discard all your cards. Players must find a rhyming word that matches each word card in their hand in order to discard the cards. All matches are placed in the players’ discard piles. A player who discards all of their cards is safe. The player left holding the “robber” at the end loses the game. Directions are also included for a more difficult version of this game.

All of the cards are labeled so if they get misplaced you can instantly return them to their home. As an extra bonus, with Cops and Robbers you also receive a special skill sheet to give your student additional practice with rhyming words!

After downloading and printing the file, it will be quick and easy to prepare this game for use. You may print as many sets as your family or class requires, but please don’t make copies to share with others. Laminating your game will help it last longer.

Keep in mind that each printer is different and the colors your printer uses may vary slightly from what you see on our photos or the files.

Cops and Robbers Printable Rhyming Game and Skill Sheet



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