Use simple riddles to encourage your child to make rhymes.
Explain that you will say a word, and your child must think of a word that rhymes with your word and starts with the sound you give. Here are some examples:
What rhymes with pet and starts with /g/? (get)
What rhymes with hop and starts with /dr/? (drop)
What rhymes with rug and starts with /b/? (bug)
Remember to provide the beginning sound, not the letter (the sound /b/, not the letter B).
Use word families representing each short vowel sound (cat/hat, get/bet, sit/bit, mop/stop, cup/pup). These are the first vowel sounds your child will learn to read in kindergarten.