Have fun while also practicing memory skills when playing this free wild animal matching game. It’s a great way to entertain young children and children of all ages.
It’s easy to adapt the game for different difficulty levels simply by changing the number of cards in play.
You can download and begin playing the game right away.
How to use the Wild Animal Memory Game cards
- A great way to keep young children engaged and learning on a rainy day
- Use the game cards as flash cards for animal recognition in the classroom or for homeschooling
- A fun way to make family time fun for a range of ages.
- The animal matching game cards can be used to practice English vocabulary words.
Wild Animal Memory Game
This animal matching game is flexible and allows you to choose how you want to play it.
- This memory game can be played alone or with others.
- You can play for a set time limit or until all the cards are matched.
- You can play with fewer cards or the entire deck of 72 cards, 36 pairs of cards
Benefits of Memory Games
- Helps build matching skills while having fun
- Practices concentration skills and focus
- Practice of visual discrimination skills in comparing images to find matches
- Builds memory skills and cognitive thinking skills
- Can be used for vocabulary teaching, especially if you play by naming the animal and colors on each card
- Cutting the picture cards out of the printed sheets practices scissor skills
What you need to make this Wild Animal Matching Game
- Free matching game pdf – Simply sign up for our free newsletter to gain access to this game and 125+ additional printable resources
- Paper – You can use computer paper, but I recommend using thicker card stock paper so that the game cards hold up better to repeated game play.
- Scissors or paper cutter
How to play the memory game
- Print out the free pdf.
- Cut out the animals memory game cards.
- Shuffle the cards.
- Choose how many flash cards you will layout for the age and skill of the players.
- Play with one page of image cards for a total of 12 different images and 24 game 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.
- Lay the cards out in a grid with even numbers of cards in each row and column.
- 12 unique pairs of animals should be laid out in a grid of 6 by 4.
- 24 unique pairs of animals should be laid out in a grid of 8 by 6.
- 36 unique pairs of animals should be laid out in a grid of 9 by 8.
- Determine if you will play until all pairs of cards are matched for a set time limit.
- The youngest player starts first.
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How can I use the printable (what restrictions are there on use)?
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