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Hink Pinks

Updated on June 29, 2015

Word Play Plus Reference Skills in One Lesson Plan

You can create hink pinks as part of your language arts lesson or just for the sheer fun of playing with words. What is a hink pink? And what about a hinky pinky or a hinkety pinkety?

Try these as examples:

Hink Pink

Q. What is a sham cobra?

A. a fake snake!

Hinky Pinky

Q. What is a fantastic detective?

A. a super snooper!

Hinkety Pinkety

Q. What is a frozen vehicle?

A. an icicle tricycle.

Do you see the pattern? Each riddle is a set of two rhyming words with a clue. One syllable sets are hink pinks. Two syllable sets are hinky pinkies. Three syllable sets are hinkety pinketies. They are fun to solve, and they are fun to create!

So what's a smashed fedora? Yes, A FLAT HAT.

Learn Vocabulary and Rhyme with Hink Pinks

Introduce hink pinks to your children. Give them a few examples. Try some online hink pinks or a free printable worksheet or two.

Enjoy the fun word play and then make your own hink pinks. Here's how to go about it.

STEP ONE: Think of two rhyming words that can go together in a phrase. Don't worry if the combination is ridiculous; that makes it fun! You can use a rhyming dictionary to find words too. Write down your two word phrase. Make sure that the combination is the same number of syllables.

example -- spare chair

Would you like a convenient handout with these steps for making hink pinks? Just click here for hink pink worksheet.

STEP TWO: Now make your clue. Think of a different way to express the two terms in your phrase. Using a thesaurus is helpful for finding synonyms to make your clue.

so how about an extra seat?

STEP THREE: Now put the two parts together, and your hink pink is finished:

An extra seat?


Once you know how to make hink pinks, you can create your own puzzle pages and board games. Look in the freebies below where there are printable templates to use for hink pink games.

So what's a hair piece for a hog? Yes, A PIG WIG.

Rhyming Dictionary - An Essential Tool For Creating Hink Pinks

Merriam-Webster's Rhyming Dictionary, Second Edition, Trade Paperback
Merriam-Webster's Rhyming Dictionary, Second Edition, Trade Paperback
A rhyming dictionary is so fun for word games, writing poetry, and just for browsing.

Thesaurus (paperback) - For Writing Clues to Your Hink Pinks

The Merriam-Webster Thesaurus
The Merriam-Webster Thesaurus
Using a thesaurus is an important reference skill. And every library needs one!

Want More Hink Pinks and Hinky Pinkies?

a bashful insect?

a shy fly

an elated father?

happy pappy

a reptile snowstorm?

a lizard blizzard

an evil pastor?

a sinister minister

Hink Pink the Board Game!

Hink Pink
Hink Pink
This hilarious new party game is a fast blast of riddles and rhymes. For more information, read the rules that accompany the game.

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      7 years ago

      @anonymous: Could it be a Harsh Marsh??? !!!!

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      7 years ago

      What is a rough and unpleasant swamp

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      8 years ago

      What is a typewriter that grows on a tree?

      A ripe-type!

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      8 years ago

      What is an animal and a bonet???

      A rats hat.

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      9 years ago

      @MargoPArrowsmith: Hear, hear! Jimmie's work is above par. I have never experienced a home-school environment, but I can tell that Jimmie's homeschool work here is the way it "should" be for students. Don't see why she can't share "and" sell. ...Maybe she already does. :D ...Kudos for Lensmaster Jimmie.

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      9 years ago

      @anonymous: Could it be a wine mine?

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      9 years ago

      What about . . . A cave where spirits are sold? Please help me figure it out. Thanks!

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      9 years ago

      I hope you are thinking about selling your lesson plans. I know you like to share and I applaud that, but you also have an amazing business here.

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      9 years ago

      I've never heard of these! So much fun...

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      9 years ago

      Ah, what fun oh my! i.e., Hinkety Pinkety What is a frozen vehicle? ... er, An icicle tricycle. Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas my dear.

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      9 years ago

      A limping ghoul?


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      9 years ago

      I hadn't heard of these before, but what fun! I'm going to pass your link along to my daughter, who homeschools my grandchildren. :)

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      10 years ago from Royalton

      What a fun way to play with words!

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      10 years ago

      Great page! Thanks.

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      rewards4life info 

      10 years ago

      A very creative and fun word game. Thanks for sharing.


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