Note: I created this printable Thanksgiving Matching Game way back in 2012. It was certainly time for an update! I left the post mainly as it was written over a decade ago when I had all younger children. The Thanksgiving Memory Game itself, however, has been completely updated, along with the pictures in this post.
Please re-download the newest version and use it again with your young ones!
The original post:
I’ve written before about how much my 3 and 5-year-olds love memory-style match games.
But the truth is I love them too.
It’s education and fun all wrapped into one. Just as learning for the littles should be!
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Thanksgiving Matching Game
This Thanksgiving Matching Game is a fun activity to add to your Thanksgiving School list. You will see below that I have listed a variety of ways that I use this Thanksgiving activity with my own kids, so browse through those ideas while you’re waiting for this to print!
Included in the Thanksgiving Matching Sets:
- red apple
- orange pumpkin
- Native American boy
- Native American girl
- Pilgrim boy
- Pilgrim girl
- Pilgrim house
- Wampanoag longhouse
Note that you can print the matches with labels or without labels. Choose what is best for your learning situation!
How We Use Match Games in Our Homeschool
➡️ Looking for more match games? Browse through the Sorting and Matching category and find several themes from which to choose.
Match games are such a versatile activity, as they can be used for many different ages. Here are just a few ways our family plays with these printable games:
♥♥ I often sit with my almost 2-year-old and we say the names of each picture together.
Sometimes I stack them and she enjoys pulling off the top card. Other times, I lay them out in groups of 4 or 6 and call out the name of an object.
My toddler then points to it or picks up the cards. It’s a great way to increase her vocabulary.
♥♥ My 3 1/2 year old and I play this as a matching game.
I lay out half of the matching pairs one by one. My preschooler finds pairs as I lay down the cards face up so she can see the picture.
If we play with the cards that have the words printed at the bottom, we go over beginning sounds.
I also play this memory-style with my 3 1/2 year old, but I only use 3 pairs of cards at the time. I choose 3 pairs, turn them face down so she can’t see the pictures, and we then play as a memory game.
♥♥ When my 5 1/2 year old and I play match games, we place all of the cards face down and play as a memory game. It’s a great opportunity to practice reading if we play with the set of cards that has the name of the pictures at the bottom of the card.
Sometimes I’ll choose 1 or 2 cards with easier names to copy during her handwriting time.
In the download, I have also listed several ways you can use this printable match game with older kids. Make sure you take a look at those!
How To Assemble Thanksgiving Match Game
First, choose which set of matching cards you would like to print – with labels or without labels.
If you anticipate using this match game more than once (and you will use it more than once!), make sure you print the matching cards on card stock. Laminate it for even longer durability.
➡️ I have used this Scotch laminator for years, and can testify that it is a workhorse!
Then simply cut along the black lines.
Now it’s time to play! One of the joys of match games is that they’re so simple to put together and then play.
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