Make Your Own
Use blank 4" X 6" index cards to prepare different matching games. Store the sets of cards in zippered plastic bags.
- Upper and lower case letters
- Pictures of opposite things
- Beginning consonant and picture of something that starts with the letter
- Photos of students and students’ first names
- Numbers with same amount of objects
One way to play:
Preschoolers need to move! Count out the number of cards that you need so that each student will get a card. Make sure they all have matches, so, if you have twenty students, you will need 10 pairs of cards. Mix them up and place the cards face down on the floor. Remind students that they need to walk not run. Say “Go". Students should take a card from the pile on the floor and go around the room to find the match. FOr example, if the student has the upper case “A," the student needs to find the person with the lower case “a". The matched pairs need to stand together until everyone has found a partner. Then the teacher walks around and checks them.
Another way to play:
Let’s say you are using the upper and lower case letter cards. Put the upper case letters in a separate pile for the teacher. Put the lower case letter cards in a large circle on the floor. Sing or play some music as the children parade around the circle. When the music stops, hold up a card. The student standing on the matching card is out unless they can name the letter.
Individual, pairs or small groups
You can use your matching card sets to play a memory game with a small group or individuals. Place about 12 cards face down and have one student turn over a card and try to find its match by turning over another card. If they don’t match, place the cards face down in the same place. The next student does the same thing. If the cards match, the student keeps the pair of cards. The one with the most cards wins.
As an assessment tool, individual students can match all of the cards.