Match Games never go out of style here at the Hill House!
As some of my children have gotten past the preschool age where match games reign supreme, I’ve implemented a few other strategies to make them last just a bit longer during the elementary years.
Make sure to scroll through and read how we continue to use match games on into 3rd and 4th grades!
How to Use this Match Game for Multiple Ages
With just a bit of creativity, you can turn any match game into a printable to use for years to come. I hate to print out a game and then only use it a couple of times – that wastes my oh so expensive printer ink!
This printable set includes a whopping 30 different matches!
Here are a few ways that we continue to use match games:
→ Toddlers and Preschoolers: For this age group, I use the game as a true memory-style match game. For younger learners, take out just a few matches at the time and turn those face down. 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 4 old draw a card from the stack in my hand. She then has to find the match from those that are face up.
→ Late Preschool and Kindergarten: 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.
Also, you can also play by dividing the stack by matches so half of the match is in each stack. Then turn all of the cards in one stack 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 sound of each object shown on the card.
→ First Grade and Second Grade: After playing memory-style match, have your child choose several of the words to use as copywork.
Or choose a set of 5-6 cards (or more!) and have your child place them in alphabetical order.
Lastly, have your child choose 1 or 2 words and make up their own sentences using the word in the correct context. Make them as serious or as silly as you want!
→ Second Grade and Third Grade: Have your child alphabetize the whole list of words! That might take awhile! Place the cards in ABC order or have your child write them on paper for extra handwriting practice.
Choose 5-6 words and have your child write a story using those words.
Choose several words and have your child write a paragraph.
Choose several words and have your child write their own dictionary! Help them in writing the correct part of speech, a short definition, and use the word in a sentence as an example. This could be a fun multi-day project!
More Winter Worksheets and Activities
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