My children received a Dr. Seuss Card Matching Game as a gift and absolutely loved it. So I decided to make them a fruit matching game so that they could learn how to spell and recognize words while playing a game that they enjoy.
I started by typing out the words “Fruit Matching Game” and cut and pasted the words into 4 columns and 5 rows in an Excel spreadsheet. I then printed it onto purple cardstock. (You can choose any color of card stock you would like) I made 4 photocopies of it onto matching card stock, for a total of 5 sheets.
Next, I typed out the different fruits in many colors (font size 26) and printed it out onto a regular white sheet of paper. I made 2 copies of it, since each fruit needs its pair for the game.
*Feel free to cut and paste the fruit words at the end of the post into a Word document to print out. (Sorry, I don’t know how to make a printable. If anyone would like teach me know how to make one, please feel free to contact me. 🙂
I also cut out 2 of each fruit from different grocery flyers. I had to do this over the span of a few weeks, since not all of the fruits were in the flyers all at once.
I cut out the card stock the “Fruit Matching Game words as centered as possible. They ended up being 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4”. I used a Paper Trimmer to cut them into strips and then regular scissors to cut them individually.
I cut out the fruit words next and had some of the pictures ready to go as well.
Next, I pasted the words onto the back of each square card stock, with the picture of the matching fruit pasted above it. (Unless I didn’t have a picture of the fruit) In that case I just pasted the word across the center of the back of the card.
To make the cards more durable, I used Clear 1.88 Inch Tape. I carefully placed each card, one at a time onto the sticky side of the tape and carefully folded it over so that both sides were covered.
I then used a pair of scissors to trim off the excess tape.
It took some patience to make, but the kids really enjoy playing the “Fruit Matching Game”. It also keeps them occupied for quite a while! Also, note that I made 47 pairs of cards when you probably only need a dozen pairs.
To recap, here are the items you will need to make this game:
Paper Trimmer or Scissors
5 Sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ Card Stock with the words (This will yield 50 pairs of cards and you don’t necessarily need to make that many. You will get 10 Pairs of cards per sheet)
Plain White Printing Paper
Printer with Ink
Clear Tape (1.88″ wide or 2″ wide would work as well)
Fruit Pictures, size up to 1 1/4″ so they will fit nicely onto the cards (I cut mine out of grocery flyers)
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blueberry lemon grapes cherry orange
lime watermelon strawberry pear
raspberry mango banana apple guava
tomato figs apricot peach blackberry
avocado breadfruit bilberry boysenberry
blackcurrent date durian starfruit
elderberry gooseberry grapefruit lychee
honeydew jackfruit cantaloupe kiwi fruit
canary melon papaya persimmon plum
pineapple pomelo mangosteen
pomegranate redcurrant rambutan