It is no secret that my kiddos are huge fans of Match Games. We mix up the way that we use them, so the variety – and the fun pictures – leave them begging for more play time.
The newest set of Match Games is from Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. What an absolutely fun book! After reading it a million times, I found some graphics that would make the perfect game for my girls.
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How to Play The Very Hungry Caterpillar Match Game
For younger children, set out only 4-5 pairs of cards face up. If your child has too many choices, he may become overwhelmed. Encourage him to find the cards that have the same picture. Once a match is made, read the word that names the picture at the bottom of the card, emphasizing the beginning and ending sounds.
Once your child has successfully matched those initial pairs, try playing the game with the cards turned over to practice memory skills. When your child masters those chosen 4 or 5 matches, set them aside and choose another set of cards to play.
For older preschool children or Early Kindergartners, play The Very Hungry Caterpillar Match Game as you would a regular memory-style game with the cards face down. Play with just 4-5 matches face down, or use the entire stack of cards face down, depending on your child’s ability.
For best results, print this game on cardstock and laminate for longer durability.
Click here to download the match game:
You Tube Video of Eric Carle Reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Of course I’ve read this story to them a ton of times myself, but it was such a treat to find a You Tube video of Eric Carle reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
Here’s the clip if you’re interested. If you’re reading this post in an email or reader, you’ll have to click through to view the video.
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Download other free printable match games at Mama’s Learning Corner:
Match Game Packet – set of 3 games, including zoo animals, transportation vehicles, and fruit themes