This Alphabet Memory Matching Game is the newest addition to our printable alphabet games collection and I think it’s super cute!
The game card set includes 26 alphabet picture cards – each card featuring an image representing the most common initial sound for one of the 26 letters of the alphabet – from a for apple all the way through to z for zebra, and 26 letter cards featuring the lower case form of the 26 alphabet letters (or graphemes).
You’ll find printing instructions for the alphabet memory matching game set below but before heading there be sure to check out these 5 fun alphabet games to play with your printed card set.
5 Alphabet Games to Play with Your Alphabet Matching Game Cards
1. Concentration/Memory Match: You will need one printed set of alphabet game cards for this game. Shuffle the cards well and then spread all cards face down across the table. Players take turns to turn over two cards, searching for the matching picture and letter card pairs. If the cards selected are a match, the player keeps the matching pair and takes another turn. If they are not the same, the cards are turned back over and play moves to the next player. Once all cards have been matched, the player with the most pairs wins the game.
Tip: If your child is not ready to play with the complete alphabet card set start with just 10-12 letter picture card pairs.
2. I Spy: Place the picture cards face up on the table. Mentally choose a picture (don’t tell your child which you have chosen) and give a verbal I Spy clue to describe the card you are thinking about, for example, “I Spy something that you eat. It’s sweet and round.” Your child can identify the card and name the object and its beginning sound -“Donut, d d d.” They can then place the matching letter card on top of the picture card. Continue by giving an I Spy clue another picture card.
3. Walk the Talk: You will need one set of picture or letters cards for this game. Create a path of alphabet cards by arranging the cards (face up) in a path across the floor. Invite your child to hop along the series of cards, saying the initial letter sound for each picture (or the alphabet name or sound for each letter), seeing how far along the path they can go. If playing with a group of children, the child who travels the furthest without a mistake is the winner.
4. Slap: You will need only the set of alphabet picture cards for this game. Place one card from the set face up on the table in front of two players. The quickest player to slap the table and say the initial sound correctly wins the card. Play continues until all of the cards have been challenged. The player with the most cards is the winner.
Alternatively, if you are playing with only one child, place all of the picture cards face up on the table top. Name the object on a picture card and the child must find that card, slap their hand on it and say the initial sound aloud.
5. Alphabetical Order: Place the picture cards into alphabetical order. Then add the letter cards.
Printing Your Alphabet Matching Game Cards
Click here to download: Alphabet Memory Matching Game. Save the PDF to your computer. Open the PDF and print the pages you require. When printing, select “Fit to printable area” (or similar) to ensure the page fits with your printer type and local paper size (these have been created at A4 size). I suggest printing onto card stock or matte photo paper.
The printable includes a printed backing paper. To use the backing page, turn the printed alphabet card pages over and place them back into the printer to print the background onto the other side – note, this is optional, if your cardstock is thick enough you may choose not to print the background.
Laminate the printed cards for durability.
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