Homemade Matching Card Game

A few weeks ago I started doing “preschool” with Mikayla.  It’s a bit of a shift for us in that it’s more involved and intentional than what we were doing but it’s not quite a full blown preschool program either. This fall we plan to either enroll her in a preschool somewhere or I will do a full blown preschool program at home – haven’t decided yet.

Anyway, I’ve been researching preschool stuff and putting together some sort of plan and “curriculum”. My friend introduced me to a blog by a homeschooling mom with TONS of homeschool tips and information and free, printable downloads. The blog is Confessions of a Homeschooler and I would recommend any homeschooling parent (or anyone thinking about homeschooling) check out her vast collection of information.

I was inspired by all of the printable curriculum available from Erica. One thing I wanted to get for Mikayla was a matching game. She plays one on my phone and loves it but I don’t want her nose in a screen all the time so I wanted a paper matching game. Sure you can buy them for about $8 but if I can make my own laundry detergent I can surely make my own matching game.

I already had thick cardstock so this was essentially free – other than the ink used to print the cards. I printed the back side of each page with an all-over design so that the cards would be the same on one side once I cut them out. Turned the pages over and ran them back through the printer to print the front of each card. And, since it was so fun and easy, I wanted to share them with you. Feel free to print and use them yourself or be adventurous and make your own! Also, if you have access to a laminator, it’d probably be a good idea to run these through it to make them more durable.

Color Matching Cards
Shape Matching Cards
Sky Matching Cards
Number Matching Cards (print this page twice so you have two of each card)
Alphabet Matching Cards (print this twice)
Animal Matching Cards (print this twice)

Matching Cards Back – Here’s what I used for the back of my cards. Another idea would be to use scrapbook paper that is printed on one side and white on the other.

Happy Matching!!


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