Australian Animals Memory Matching Game includes cards of the following Australian animals: bilby, camel, cassowary, cockatoo, dingo, echidna, emu, fruit bat, kangaroo, kiwi, koala, kookaburra, numbat, parakeet, platypus, sugar glider, wallaby, and woylie. Print out two of each card so that you have a matching pair for every Australian animal. There are eighteen Australian animals to match. The graphics are realistic animal graphics.
Laminate and cut the cards. During group time, place some of the cards face down. About half of the cards is good; you don't want the children to get overwhelmed by too many cards. Save the other half for another day. Allow the children to play this game as a regular game of memory matching. Allow the children to pick one card to turn over; then allow the children to try to find a matching card. Give each child one turn each round. Encourage the children to find all the matches. If the children are not familiar with some of the animals, encourage discussions about the animals. Black and white options are available in this resource if you choose to use an ink saving option. The cards also have the animal names on them in order to contribute to a print rich environment.
⭐ Standards used in this resource are Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework Standards: Infant Toddler Domains up to 36 Months and Preschooler Domains.
Infant Toddler Domains: Cognition: Emergent Mathematical Thinking
Goal IT-C 10. Child uses matching and sorting of objects or people to understand similar and different characteristics.
This standard will be met as children look for like characteristics; the children might look for like color, shape, and size of the animals to find matches.
Preschooler Approaches to Learning: Cognitive Self-Regulation
Goal P-ATL 6. Child maintains focus and sustains attention with minimal adult support.
Goal P-ATL 7. Child persists in tasks.
Goal P-ATL 8. Child holds information in mind and manipulates it to perform tasks.
Preschooler Domains: Mathematics Development: Operations and Algebraic Thinking
Goal P-MATH 6. Child understands addition as adding to and understands subtraction as taking away from.
This standard will be met by children grouping cards together in piles of two as they make matches. Children will be taking one card, will be finding a matching card, then will be adding the matching card to the card that they already have.
Preschooler Domains: Literacy: Print and Alphabet Knowledge
Goal P-LIT 2. Child demonstrates an understanding of how print is used (functions of print) and the rules that govern how print works (conventions of print).
Goal P-LIT 3. Child identifies letters of the alphabet and produces correct sounds associated with letters.
These standards will be met by children seeing the animal name words on the cards and recognizing them as being letters and words. Children may recognize some of the letters and words correctly. Children may also say some of the letters and/or speak the animal name words out loud as they make matches.
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