Playing a matching pairs game (also commonly known as Memory or Concentration) is a great first game for children from around the age of 3 years as it is easy to play with just a few simple rules. Super for helping to develop observation skills, memory and concentration, as well as game playing skills like turn taking, one of the great things about matching pairs is that you don’t need much to play with – a printed copy of our super cute, winter animal matching pairs game is all you need to get started!
Like all of our matching games for kids, this one is free to download and print (instructions below!)
How to Play Memory or Matching Pairs
You will need a printed set of game cards for this game – ensure you have two of each animal before beginning.
Shuffle the cards and spread them all face down on the table.
Take turns to turn over two cards, searching for the matching picture 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 (in the same position) and play moves to the next player.
Once all cards have been matched, the player with the most pairs wins the game.
The cards are also great for playing a fun I Spy game that also helps to develop powers of observation as well as listening and verbal skills. You can find the instructions for play over on our Fruit Memory Matching Game post (and grab a set of the free, printable fruit matching game cards while you are there!)
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How to Print Your Animal Matching Pairs Game
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