Welcome to our alphabet series! Today, we will be sharing all about teaching R words for kindergarten.  

As children enter kindergarten, they start a journey of learning, curiosity, and exploration.

One of the initial challenges for educators and parents is teaching the alphabet. Among the letters, the letter R holds its own charm.


In this blog post, we’ll explore some exciting activities that start with R, introduce words that start with R, and provide useful tips for teaching the letter R to kindergarteners.

 Activities that Start with R

  1. Rhyming Games: Engage children in rhyming games and activities. This helps them recognize the phonetic patterns and improves their vocabulary.
  2. Rainbow Crafts: Create vibrant rainbow crafts. This is also a great way to integrate your lessons about colors and color words.
  3. Recycling Projects: Teach children about the importance of recycling through fun recycling projects. Make use of recyclable materials to create art and craft projects, and discuss how recycling helps our environment.
  4. Rock Painting: Let children express their creativity by painting rocks. This activity allows for discussions about shapes, colors, and textures while emphasizing the letter R.
  5. Robot Day: Let the kids use miscellaneous items from around the house or classroom to build robots. Old boxes, legos, pipe cleaners, and buttons are great materials to get started with.

Printable Alphabet Worksheets and Activities 

Here is a collection of alphabet activities, and printable letter r worksheets,  you can do when teaching letters and sounds.

Alphabet Vocabulary Words and Picture Cards

Free Alphabet Playdoh Mats

Alphabet Q-Tip Painting

Alphabet SuperStars

Beginning Sounds Picture Sort

Alphabet Letter Search

Alphabet Coloring Pages 

Check out the complete alphabet activity pack HERE, including pocket chart cards, sorts, and write the room activities. 

alphabet worksheets and printable activities to do with prek, kindergarten, and first grade kids. #alphabet

To introduce letter R words to kindergarten children, I recommend integrating word and picture cards into their daily life routines.   

The alphabet word cards come with lowercase r and uppercase R cards, along with picture cards and words cards that have easy words that start with /r/ – both have a corresponding picture to help build the child’s vocabulary. 


List of R Words for Kindergarten

  1. Rainbow
  2. Robot
  3. Rabbit
  4. Rocket
  5. Ring
  6. Rain
  7. Raccoon
  8. River
  9. Rock
  10. Red
  11. Run
  12. Read
  13. Ride
  14. Rose
  15. Rest
  16. Radio
  17. Rug
  18. Rice
  19. Rat
  20. Ruler
  21. Ribbon
  22. Road
  23. Round
  24. Roll
  25. Rattle

These words cover a variety of objects, colors, actions, and animals. They are ideal for expanding the vocabulary of young children while they learn to recognize and pronounce the letter R.


Tips for Teaching the Letter R in Kindergarten

  1. Phonics Songs: Utilize phonics songs and rhymes that focus on the letter R. Repetition and melody make learning enjoyable and help children retain information.
  2. Letter Tracing and Playdoh: Encourage children to trace and make the letter R using sand trays or alphabet playdoh mats.
  3. Story Time: Read a variety of alphabet books to engage the kids in learning letters and sounds.
  4. Visual Aids: Hang alphabet picture cards and word wall cards in various locations.
  5. Playful Environment: Create a playful learning environment where children can freely explore alphabet games, puzzles, and interactive activities.


In conclusion, teaching the letter R to kindergarteners can be an enjoyable experience with the right blend of activities, words, and teaching strategies.

By incorporating these fun and engaging approaches into the curriculum, you can set young learners on the path to becoming confident readers.

Before you go, here are more posts you’ll enjoy:

The Complete Alphabet Series

The Best Kindergarten “I Can” Statements

How to Do Math Talks in Kindergarten


R Words for Kindergarten