How to play
If kids are new to the topic, or if they need some help with their spelling, introduce the vocabulary by using our Vocabulary Words list before playing the game. Otherwise, they may find it quite difficult.
There are twenty four cards in the game displayed on two boards. Twelve of the cards have pictures and twelve of the cards have words. At the beginning of the game they are displayed face down.
Click on two cards to match the word and the picture. If they show the pair, the cards remain open. If the two cards don’t match, they are turned face down again. Try to remember where the pictures or words are. Continue until you have twelve pairs.
More online activities
If your students enjoy our matching game, you could expand it (or give your students extra practice) by playing related classroom word games. Here are some ideas to inspire you. These activities can be used in any topic!
Draw and label your words. You must colour your drawings. Don't forget to add lots of great detail!
Draw and colour a picture. Hide your words inside your picture. See if someone can find your hidden words!
Write each of your words on two different cards. Turn all the cards face down, then flip over two cards at a time and see it they match. Keep them if they do or flip over and try again.
Learn and practise English with our printables that go well with the matching game. You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print these resources.
Read and Match
This is a very easy matching test designed for ESL beginners and young kids. In this activity, students draw lines between each word and its picture.