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Learn color words, how to take turns, and have fun with this free printable color memory game.

Color Memory Game Preparation

This game is easy to set up.

  1. Print the matching cards on cardstock.
  2. If desired, glue scrapbook paper pages to the backs of the card pages. This is not necessary, but it will give the cards a finished look.
  3. Cut apart the cards.

You’re ready to play the game!

What’s Included in the Matching Ants Color Memory Game?

This game includes 22 cards to match with 11 different colors: blue, orange, red, green, purple, yellow, pink, white, gray, brown, and black. It’s a great way to introduce or review color names and words.

Color Matching Game Instructions

This game is similar to any memory matching game. Your goal is to match the ants to the picnic baskets of the same color. If you aren’t familiar with how to play a memory matching game, here are the instructions:

  1. Mix up the cards. Put them in rows, face down.
  2. Players take turns choosing two cards to turn over.
  3. If the two cards match, keep them and take another turn. If the two cards do not match, turn them back over. The turn is over.
  4. Let the next player have a turn.
  5. Continue until all cards have been matched.
  6. Count the matches.
  7. The player who has the most matches is the winner.

That’s it. Simple, fun, and educational!

If you don’t want to play a two player game, you could give your student the cards and let him use them for a simple matching activity.

Grab Your Free Color Matching Game

Simply click on the image below to grab your free ant themed memory matching game.

Ant Themed Color Matching Game

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