Opposites Memory Matching Game

The latest in our printable matching games for kids collection, this free, printable opposites matching game is a fabulous tool for reinforcing learning about antonyms with preschool, kindergarten and first grade children (you’ll find the download instructions at the end of this post).
Opposites memory matching vocabulary game

The set includes 12 matching pairs of commonly understood opposite terms – for example, sweet and sour, open and closed, long and short. Each card includes a picture prompt and word, with the set also including a printable backing sheet.

The game can be played in pairs as part of class literacy groups or used as a homework resource.


Shuffle the cards well and spread them face down across the table.

Players take turns to turn over two cards, searching for the matching pairs of opposites. For example, hot and cold.

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 location and play moves to the next player.

Once all cards have been matched, the player with the most pairs wins the game.

Opposites vocabulary game

Printing Your Opposites Matching Game

Click here to download: Opposites Memory 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. Laminate the printed cards for durability.

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  1. This is so great! Thanks for the printable opposites memory game. It will be a great learning activity and also fun for them to get to cut out before they play!

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