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Memory game using shapes

Instructions Printer-Friendly

  • Gather 14 index cards/paper and a brown crayon
  • Together draw the following shapes on the cards - making 2 of each shape (rectangle, square, heart, circle, star, oval, triangle)
  • Mix up and turn cards facedown and play a memory game
  • Turn 2 cards face up.  If they are the same take them from the table.  If they don’t match, turn them back over in the same spot and let partner take a turn. 
  • Take turns until all the cards are a match

*Keep the cards in your purse or car for a fun game anywhere!


Try using only 4 cards (2 sets of shapes) and match only those two shapes.  Next add 6 cards and 3 sets of shapes.  Work until all 14 cards and 7 sets of shapes can be played with success. 


Instead of making only 2 cards to match, make 3 cards of each shape for matching.  You will now have 21 cards and 7 sets of shapes to use for the game.  Adding the third card needed for matching is a difficult task for preschoolers.


  • 14 index cards
  • brown crayon

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Oval
  • Color - Brown
  • Number - Nine, 9
  • Alphabet Letters - Q, T, L
  • Senses - Sight
  • Character Trait - Friendliness
  • Target Words - Fast, Front, Sort, Same

Monthly Proverb

Spanish - Tell me who you’re with and I’ll tell you who you are

Did You Know?

"The brain develops rapidly during the first five years and quality preschool programs can have a profound impact during this time.” CA First 5

Books to Read

"Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On"
by Lois Ehlert (Activity 7)

"Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"
by Bill Martin (Activity 8) (audio book available) (NOTE: Please look for the 25th anniversary edition where the text is back to the original wording)

"Old Henry"
by Joan Blos (Activity 12)

Music Playlist

"The Alphabet Song"
Album: Big Don’s Big Beat (Activity 5)

"Por Una Cabeza by Carlos Gardel"
Album: The Very Best (Activity 20)

"The Turtle Song"
by Suzi Shelton Album Simply Suzi (Activity 11)

Monthly Materials List

Click Here to view the list!

Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

There Was A Little Turtle

(Activity 11 Month 11)

There was a little turtle who lived in a box.

He swam in the water, he climbed on the rocks.  

He snapped at a mosquito, he snapped at a flea, he snapped at a minnow and he snapped at me.

He caught that mosquito, he caught that flea, he caught that minnow, but he didn’t catch me.

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

(Activity 19 Month 11)

Now I lay me down to sleep.  

I’ll count these hands instead of sheep.  

Help me to remember these friends I made.      

And all the wonderful times we played.