Good Night, Gorilla – Memory Match-Up

Good Night, Gorilla - Memory Match-Up



Ages: Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st

Domains: Social-Emotional, Cognitive, Language & Literacy

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This activity’s main focus is on making pairs of either upper and lower case letters (literacy) or pairs of large and small sized animals (cognitive) while cooperating in a turn taking game (social-emotional) that is a simple yet fun way to work on expressive and receptive language skills (language).

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If your child isn’t ready for matching uppercase and lowercase letters you can print out the last 3 pages of the cards and replace the lowercase letters with all uppercase letter cards.  Also, if this is your first time playing a “memory game” you will most likely want to start with fewer pairs and work your way up to using the full set of cards. 

  1. Print out Memory Match-Up Cards.
  2. Cut out the cards along the dashed lines.
  3. Laminate if you desire.
  4. Choose desired number of sets you want to play with, mix them up, and spread them out face down on a flat surface.
  5. The first player begins by turning over 2 cards.  If they find a match (EX: two armadillos, or an upper and lowercase letter ‘B’) then they get to keep those cards and take another turn.  If they don’t find a match then they turn the cards back over and the next player takes a turn. (The game is over once all the sets have been found.)

An easy way to bring math into this activity is to count out the number of pairs that each person found and compare who found the most or least amount of pairs.

These cards are also amazing for sorting.  They can be sorted by: text color, picture size (big or small), letter type (upper or lowercase).  You can do this as a solo activity or can turn it into a cooperative game where you and the child (or children) work together to sort all the cards into categories (or “piles”).  A great one to start with is sorting by text colors.

To add more of a challenge you can use a dice to determine the number of categories you need to sort them into.  (If you roll a 1, roll again until you get a different number.)  As an example, if you roll a 6 you might choose to sort them into piles of: animals, food, tools, humans, uppercase letters and lowercase letters.

You could also use the cards to play a great turn taking game of “Go Fish”.  I prefer using  only the letter cards with older children and only the picture cards with younger children, but you’re welcome to see what works best for you and your little one(s).  Or like I mentioned with the “Match-Up Game” you can print out the last 3 pages of cards and remove the lowercase cards from the deck (since matching two uppercase letter cards is much easier than matching an upper and lower case letter together).  Plus, if your child knows their colors but not the name of all the letters they could ask, “Do you have a red letter card?”


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 Memory Match-Up Cards Activity & Extensions

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Cut, Color & Paste - Letter B (banana)

DIY Dice