Back to school time is near! In the midst of this busy season, I am always looking for some back to school activities that are entertaining and simple to prepare. This free back to school memory match game is a great way to kick off the school year. It strengthens observation, concentration and memory in a fun way. Kids will enjoy playing it again and again!
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This back to school memory match is simple to prepare. Simply download the file (HERE), print, glue on to construction paper (I did this so that the kids couldn’t see through the paper, but you could also print on cardstock), laminate for durability if you choose, and cut!
There are 18 cards total with 9 different pairs of back to school items. Each card contains a picture and word.
Playing Memory Match
You can choose to play this game with as many or as few matches as you like. You could start with just a few, and then add more to make it more challenging! We decided to start off with 12 cards (6 matches) and then work up from there.
We played in pairs, taking turns flipping over two cards at a time. If they matched, that person kept the cards and took another turn.
If the cards didn’t match, they turned them back over and then it was the other person’s turn.
We kept going until all the cards had been matched. The person with the most matches was the winner.
One of the best things about this game is that kids usually want to play it more than once. This gives them even more practice in strengthening their concentration and memory. It can also be a great game for kids to play together as an icebreaker or a get to know you activity.