Purchased Match decks are plentiful in stores, making your own deck is half the fun
about 50 index cards (must have an even amount and at least 20)
pairs of matching stickers 1 per card (or markers, crayons, etc.)
purchased set of Match cards (optional, and in my opinion, not nearly as fun)

1. Create your own Match cards. Take 2 index cards and place them side by side. Place the same sticker on each card, or for more fun, draw similar pictures on each card (ie. two trees, two smiling suns, two flowers, two houses). You can also use magazines and cut out "like" images.
2. Create between 10 and 25 matched sets of cards in this manner.
3. To create your "game board" shuffle the completed deck and place the cards, face down in even rows (for example if you have 20 cards then you would make 5 rows of 4 cards). The more cards you have the trickier the game.

How to Play

1. The first player turns over any two cards keeping them in the exact same place. (Make sure to turn the cards all the way over so everyone playing can see what's on them).
2. If the overturned cards are a match, then the player gets to keep the pair. The player removes the cards, leaving spaces in the playing board. The player who made the match gets to go again, turning over two more cards....
3. If the cards are not a match, the player flips them back over in their same spot, and the next player is given a chance to play.
4. The next player repeats these steps.
5. Play continues until all pairs of cards have been matched. The player with the most pairs wins!


1. You can create themes based upon the images on the cards.
2. If your child loves animals, then use animals stickers on the cards to create a game of "Match the Animals"
3. If your child is into sports, place sporting items and team logos on the cards for a gaming of "Sporting Match"
4. The options are endless!


1. Cards can be made out of any artwork (duplicate pokemon cards, baseball cards, cereal box characters, anything you can get 2 of).
2. Make this a family activity - have each family member make 2 or more sets of cards to build a personal deck.

Activity Length
15 - 30 minutes
Either/or (can be played either way)

1. This game is great in the classroom! If your children are learning vocabulary, one card can have the word and its matching card can hold the definition.
2. If you would like to focus on math skills, place a math problem on one card ex. 4+4= and place the solution on the matching card ex. 8. (This can also be done with multiplication, division, etc)
3. Match is also a wonderful way to learn Science terms, States and Capitals, and Geography!
4. Let learning be fun!

Attention, please! (a few rules to follow)
Mess Factor
Clean and tidy
Noise Level
Number of Players
3 to 4
5 to 10
Prep Time
10 - 20 minutes
Space Needed
Small (a clearable open space the size of a 1-car garage)
Team Division
Every man for himself (individual players)