We adore match games here at the Hill House, and this Brown Bear, Brown Bear Match Game is no exception!
You can use this match game for several different age/skill levels and anything that can be used with multiple ages is always a win in my book!
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And while you certainly don’t need to have the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, it certainly does make this a whole lot more fun!
How to Use Brown Bear, Brown Bear Match Game for Multiple Ages
This Brown Bear, Brown Bear Match Game is even more versatile for multiple ages than most match games. Because it includes object words and color words, you can use it with early readers, in addition to preschoolers.
Here’s how we use this game in our own home:
Toddlers and Preschoolers:
For this age group, I use the game as a true memory-style match game. For my 2 1/2 year old, I take out just a few matches at the time and turn those face down. We then take turn finding those 3-4 match sets.
Another way to play is to turn 5-6 cards face up so the picture is shown. I then have my 2 1/2 year old draw a card from the stack in my hand. She then has to find the match from those that are face up.
Later Preschool and Early Kindergarten:
This age group probably use all of the cards in the stack at one time. You can place all of the cards face down and play memory-style, where you turn over two cards at the time and determine if the cards match.
You can also play by turning all of the cards face up so the picture is shown. Have your child draw a card and then find the match on the “game board.” After she finds the match, have her determine the beginning letter/sound of each object shown on the card.
One last way to play with this age group is to incorporate the word cards. Regardless of the way you play (cards face up or face down), introduce the word cards as each match is found. Have your child point to the beginning letter of each and repeat the sound. After you’ve played this way for several rounds, play with just 2-3 matches and see if your child can identify the correct word card associated with the picture.
Kindergarten and First Grade:
In addition to the ways mentioned above, you can incorporate the word cards and the color cards. After ensuring that your child knows each of the words, add them into the possibilities for matches. For example, divide the picture cards into two stacks, so you only play with half of the picture cards at the time (as to not be overwhelming). Then find the corresponding word cards and/or color cards. You can then play a traditional match game with these cards.
Another way to play is to place all of the picture cards out face up. Have a stack of the word and color cards to draw from. Have your child draw a word/color card and then find the match on the “game board” of picture cards.