A Valentine’s Memory Matching Game makes this holiday even more fun for kids of all ages. This free printable gives you 36 different matching game cards, with 72 total cards, so you can create a game as simple or as complicated as you’d like.
You can immediately download these matching game cards and begin playing in about 5 minutes. You can choose to play with as few as 8 cards or as many as 72. You decide what makes most sense for your players’ ages and the amount of time you have for the game.
This game is perfect for playing:
- at a Valentine’s party
- on Valentine’s day to add to the excitement
- as a family activity during the month of February
- as a homeschooling activity
Valentine’s Memory Matching Game
Benefits of Playing a Memory Matching Game
- Develop ability to distinguish differences
- Develop focus
- Develop attention span
- Develop spatial skills
- Develop fine motor skills turning cards over in place
- Builds problem solving skills
- Is fun so children want to play (and learn) again and again
Valentine’s Memory Game Printable
- Download your copy of the Valentine’s matching game by clicking on the link in the Resource Library.
- Right click on the document when it opens.
- Select whether you want to print or download the pdf.
- If you choose to download the document, you can print it later from your computer.
- I prefer printing the game cards on card stock paper. This is heavier paper that will hold up better to repeated game play.
- If you plan on playing the many times, you may want to consider laminating the cards so they will last longer.
How to Play the Valentine’s Memory Game
There are three different pages of cards, for a total of 36 different images on cards. There are 72 total cards with two copies of each different page.
Choose to play the Valentine’s memory matching game in the format you want. You can easily adapt the game for different ages and attention spans.
- Play the game with one page of image cards for a total of 12 different images and 24 game cards. Or play with the one page of word cards with 12 different words and a total of 24 cards.
- Play with two different pages of image game cards for a total of 24 unique images and a total of 48 game cards.
- You can play with all three pages which will give you 36 different pairs of cards with a total of 72 cards.
- You can choose to play with as many cards as you like. You can choose to play with 4 images or a total of 8 cards or any variation up to the total of 36 pairs and 72 cards.
- What every number you to choose to play with, make sure to print two copies of the cards that you choose.
Once you print out the pages of cards, cut the game cards out separately.
Shuffle the Valentine’s matching game cards and lay them out in a grid pattern, with the images face down.
- Lay the cards out with as close to as the same number of cards across and down in the grid as possible.
- One unique page of game cards (two total sheets) should be laid out in a grid of 6 by 4.
- Two unique pages of game cards (four total sheets) should be laid out in a grid of 8 by 6.
- Three unique pages of game cards (six total sheets) should be laid out in a grid of 9 by 8.
The goal of the game is to turn over two cards with matching images or words.
- The youngest player goes first and turns two cards over face up.
- The goal is to match the images on both cards. Some card images are similar, so players should be careful to make sure the cards match exactly.
- If the cards match, the player removes the cards and places them next to them. The player then take another turn attempting to match two cards.
- If the cards don’t match, the player turns the cards back over so the images are down and keep the cards in the same location. Then the next player turns over two cards attempting to match cards.
- The players continue taking turns until all the cards are matched.
- Players should pay attention to each card that is turned over and remember the location so that they can create matching pairs from memory.
- The player with the most matched pairs wins.
More Valentine’s Games and Activities
- Valentine’s Scavenger Hunt
- Valentine Finger Puppets
- Heart Coloring Sheets
- Valentine’s Day Color Pages
- Valentine’s Suncatchers
More Free Memory Matching Games
- Superhero Memory Matching Game
- Ocean Animal Memory Matching Game – coming soon
- Farm Animal Memory Matching Game
- Christmas Memory Matching Game
- Easter Memory Matching Game
Why not pin now so you can find this free printable Valentine’s memory matching game every February year after year after year.