Make your own Matching Pair Word Game!

Here’s an easy and educational game you can use to celebrate a holiday. It’s appropriate for either a home or an elementary school classroom.{jcomments on}


  1. Select various words related to the holiday you’re celebrating. If you’re playing with young kids, remember that the words don’t have to be so simple that the players can read them. It’s a matching game, so as long as the words look substantially different from each other, it’ll work fine.
  2. Print two of each word.
  3. Cut and laminate the words so they can be used time and time again.
  4. Hide the words outside, on safe bushes.


Instruct the players to find the words and to create matching pairs, then sit back and watch them play!

You may want to have a rule that each player can only carry one word at a time. This will prevent aggressive players from grabbing all the words they can see and then trying to make matches. Each player can have their own goal pile where they put their matches.

Once the words have been found, talk with the kids about the meaning of each word and how it relates to the holiday.

Have fun!

Shara Lawrence-Weiss has a background in early childhood, education, freelance, marketing, nanny work and volunteer service. She is currently working as a Special Education Paraprofessional (K-5th). Shara has four children of her own and owns numerous sites including Early Childhood News and Resources and Emergent Literacy.

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