Fruit is hands down my favorite food group. There are so many delicious, naturally sweet pieces of food that taste good on their own or in combination with something else. I love having a fruit bowl as a center piece on my kitchen counter. I love smelling fruit growing on trees or on the vine. I also love using it as a theme to help teach my kids, just like with this adorable Fruit Shape Matching Game!
Fruit Themed Shape Matching Game
Shapes are literally everywhere. In our homes, outside, along the road, in stores, and in the books we read to our kids. And wouldn’t you know – kids who are learning shapes will see and point out every single one of them. Do your kids do that? It’s sweet, isn’t it?
This Fruit Themed Shape Matching Game is great if your kids are just being introduced to shapes, need a review, or wanting a game that a variety of ages and levels can play. This means it is perfect for a preschool classroom or a family.
This matching game is perfect for helping children practice shape recognition as well as naming the shapes. My kids love themed matching games, as do I, but I also love how incredibly low prep this activity is. Once it is prepared the first time it is ready to go time after time!
Materials needed for the
Free Printable Fruit Themed Shape Matching Game:
AmazonBasics Multipurpose Scissors – 3-PackScotch Thermal Laminating Pouches, 8.9 x 11.4-Inches, 3 mil thick, 100-Pack (TP3854-100)Scotch PRO Thermal Laminator, Never Jam Technology Automatically Prevents Misfed Items , 2 Roller System (TL906)
Prep & Playing the Fruit Theme Shape Matching Game
This shape matching game is super easy to prep and play!
I love to print matching games on the white side of scrapbook paper. It is an easy way to make bright, fun games and make it harder for kids to see through the cards and “cheat” when they are trying to make matches
Once you have printed the game, cut each piece out. The next step is optional but I highly suggest it. I like to laminate the game pieces. This will ensure durability, which is necessary when working with kids! Cut out the laminated pieces and you can start setting up the game.
Decide how many pieces you will play with per game depending on the child who is playing. Some children may get overwhelmed if ALL of the game pieces are used. 2-3 shapes is a great amount for young learners.
Lay the game pieces upside down on a flat surface as a table or the floor. We like to line them up in a grid to ensure we can pick the right matches.
Take turns picking two game pieces. If they match, you get to keep them. If they don’t, put the cards face down back into the game.
This continues until all of the matches are found.
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These game pieces are also perfect for a sensory bin. Put one of the matches into the sensory bin and the other laid out flat. When the child pulls a card from the sensory bin, he/she can match it to the correct piece.
This is also fantastic for using with play dough. Use each shape card as inspiration to make the ship round playdough.
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