Hello there, One Artsy Mama readers, it’s Emily from The Benson Street. Have I told you my favorite color is green? Due to my love of the color green, I love the St. Patrick’s holiday. It is a fun little holiday that can bring out the fun in others. Plus, shamrocks are pretty cute. To help bring some more education to St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve created this really fun DIY shamrock matching game to share with you.
Supplies for Shamrock Matching Game:
- green card stock paper (two shades)
- cutting machine with shamrock design or a shamrock pattern to trace and cut out
- permanent marker (for writing letters and numbers on shamrocks)
- small box to keep shamrocks in
To get started cut out a bunch of shamrocks. There are a variety of ways to create this game depending on the child and what level they are at. Read through these three ways to play and create the shamrock matching game.
Numbers Matching: Cut out an even number of shamrocks and write two of each number on the back (example: two shamrocks with the number one on them and so on). To play, each player turns over two shamrocks looking for matching numbers. If there is not a match turn back over. If there is a match keep the pair and go again. The winner has the most pairs of matches.
Alphabet Matching: Cut out 26 shamrocks in one shade of green and 26 in the other shade of green. and write an uppercase and lowercase of each letter in the alphabet (example: two shamrocks one with a lowercase a and an uppercase A on, and so on). To play, each player turns over two shamrocks looking for matching uppercase and lowercase letters. If there is not a match turn back over. If there is a match keep the pair and go again. The winner has the most pairs of matches.
Shamrock Math Game: This is perfect for practicing addition, subtraction and multiplication. Cut out 24 number shamrocks in one shade of green. They do not have to be matches. Write out numbers on the back of the shamrocks. Cut out twelve more shamrocks in a different shade of green. On these shamrocks write four addition signs, subtraction signs and multiplication signs on the backs. To play turn over two numbers and one math sign. Have the player complete the math problem. If they get it correct they keep the match. If not turn the shamrocks back over. The player with the most correct at the end wins.
Have fun playing this educational game with the kids all throughout March. Enjoy!
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