I have a couple of kids in my house who are either just learning to read or just beginning to learn to recognize what sounds the different letters make. Because they already have concepts like colors and counting down pat, I thought it would be fun to make some matching cards for them, so they could learn to recognize words like the names of the colors and numbers while playing a few games and having fun. Today I’m going to share the color matching cards with y’all. So far they’ve been a hit in my house, both with the pre-readers and some of the bigger kids who are always up for a new game!
To make the cards, I used my paper cutter to cut twenty-two 3″ x 3″ squares out of black card stock. I then cut twelve 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares out of white card stock (11 for the color words I chose, and the 12th for the white matching square) and then one 2.5″ x 2.5″ square in each of ten different colors of card stock. I used my scrap booking corner rounder punch to round the corners, but that is totally optional. I glued (with a kid’s glue stick) a small square on top of each larger black square, and then wrote the color names on the white squares.
Because I like things to be durable and I have a small laminating machine (that I found at Goodwill for $7–love me some thrifty bargains!) I went ahead and laminated them, cut them out, and rounded those corners as well. But laminating is definitely optional here, if you’re going for something even quicker and easier.
There are several ways to play with these cards. The first thing we did with them was just simply match them up. I put the cards on the table in two piles, one with the colored squares and one with the words. Then I helped Joanna as she would sound out a color word, and then once she figured out the word she matched it to the appropriate color. With Jeremiah who is even younger and just barely learning letter sounds, I would do the opposite…pick up a color and ask him the name, then ask him if he knows what letter sound that starts with.
Such as “Green, green…/g/, /g/…do you know which letter makes the /g/ sound?” Then he can look for the cards that start with “G” (green and gray in this set) and we can break it down further from there.
After matching them up that way for a little bit, we made a memory matching game out of the cards. This is where a couple of the older boys got involved as well. Joseph especially loves memory matching games and is really good at them, so of course he wanted in on it!
Just like with a typical memory match game, we just placed all the cards face-down on the table, and each kid took turns flipping over two cards and naming the colors or reading the words they turned up. If they made a pair they got to keep it and go again. If they didn’t make a pair, it was the next kid’s turn.
They had a lot of fun with this and played several rounds before I made them break for lunch. I’m such a mean mom, making them stop playing so they can eat. 😉
Another game I thought of that we will try next time is to place all the colored cards in various places around the room (or even the yard, if it isn’t too windy), and then hand a kid a word card one at a time and they have to figure out the word and then run and find the matching color as quickly as they can. That will be a good high-energy game for those times when they’re ready to bounce off the walls anyway, especially if we can do it outside.
So there you have it–a quick and easy matching game to learn those color words while having fun! Can you think of any other ways we can use these besides the several I’ve mentioned? I’d love to hear y’all’s ideas as well. I’m always looking for creative ways to help my kiddos learn while having tons of fun!
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