Fish Matching Game

One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish! Practice letter recognition with this fun letter matching game. Then, take it to the next level with sight words once your kid has aced letters and numbers!

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Find the matching fish and win!

This is a great activity for kids of any age and skill level. Grab some red and blue construction paper, trace a fish outline and cut them out. Jot down letters (2 of each), flip them over and mix them up. Your kiddos will love playing this game and timing themselves to see who can match all the fishies the fastest!

🔄 Switch it up! This game can be quite versatile. Practice matching shapes, letters, numbers and sight words!

Time’s up!  If your kids become pros at this game, have them time themselves. Who can match at the fishes the fastest?

✂️ Cut it out: Have the kids practice their fine motor skills by drawing and cutting out the fish.

Materials

For this activity you will need:

Red and blue construction paper

Marker

Scissors

Learning Outcomes

Domain

Language

Skills

Letter recognition

Indicators:

Beginning to identify letters

Instructions

Step 1:

Fold your sheets of construction paper several times to make squares that are about 4” x 4”. 

Step 2:

While the paper is folded, draw the outline of a fish on the top square using a marker

Step 3:

With the paper still folded, cut out the shape of the fish through all of the folds of the paper. This way, all the paper should be about the same shape and size. Repeat this with the blue paper. You should have about 20 squares in total

Step 4: 

Write out a letter on one red fish and the matching letter on a blue fish. Continue this process until all the fish have been filled out

Step 5: 

Place the fish in equal rows with letters facing down on the playing surface.  Players take turns turning over two fish (one red and one blue) to see if they have a match.  If they get a match, they keep the pair. If a pair is not matched, the fish are turned back over.  Play then passes to the next person. The game is over when all matches are made, and the winner is the player with the most fish.

⬆️ For older preschoolers:  Working on upper and lowercase letters? Write the uppercase letter on the red fish and the matching lowercase letter on the blue fish and have them find the matching fish when playing the memory game!

⬇️ For younger toddlers: Younger kiddos may have a challenging time understanding the concept of the memory game by matching them one at a time and taking turns. Instead, try laying all the fish out face up and have the child match them this way. Once they’re comfortable, flip them over to add another challenge!

Playful Questions

How fast can you match all the fish on your own?

Can you create a pattern using the red and blue fish?

What words start with (letter)?

How many fish are on the table?

Where do fish live?