Think about the word
It has 3 sounds (phonemes)
Can you have a go at reading all these other words that rhyme with rat. Look carefully at the beginning sound(s) as this changes the word. The end two sounds are always the same - 'a' and 't'- this is why the words rhyme!
Did you get them all right?
Now see if you can make up some silly sentences with the rhyming words.
e.g. The fat rat was wearing a hat.
He had a chat with the cat!
Here is a game where you have to listen very carefully to some sounds, and decide which creature is making that sound!
Do you think all of these animals would make good pets?!