Kids struggle with rhyming for different reasons. One is that they have trouble with a skill called phonological awareness. It includes the ability to connect letters with sounds. Difficulty with skills like these can be
early signs of dyslexia
Kids may also be confused by which sounds in a word need to match. If asked to find words with the same sound, kids may look at the first sounds, like the “buh” sound in bat and bed. But for rhyming, the sounds at the end of words need to match, like the “at” in bat and cat.
Attention can also be a factor. If kids have
trouble with focus
, they may tune out at some point. That’s especially true when they’re asked to produce rhymes.