This free printable Thanksgiving Memory Card Game is a fun game for the whole family! Just print out the Thanksgiving-themed cards and test your memory in the classic Concentration game (you may have called it Matching Pairs, or Match Up!).
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Thanksgiving Memory Match Card Game
Whether you call this game Concentration, Memory, Match Up, Matching Pairs, or something else entirely, the premise is pretty much exactly the same!
I remember playing concentration with a regular deck of playing cards when I was a kid, and then again with my son when he was a kiddo, but using fun cards with animals and dinosaurs on them.
It doesn’t matter what your age, this simple card game is a lot of fun, even if it might be a bit challenging at times!
There are 5 printable sheets with 8 pairs of cards on each. There is an additional backing sheet too. Each one is roughly themed:
- Drinks & Treats
- Owls & Foxes
How To Use The Thanksgiving Memory Game Printable
- Download the free printable file to your device.
- You will find the download links further down this page surrounded by a purple box. Tap the purple download buttons to save the file(s) to your device.
- Printables are available in two paper sizes – A4 and US Letter (8.5″ x 11″). Download the size that is appropriate for your printer.
- Using a printer, simply print as many of the Thanksgiving matching game printable as you need onto white paper or cardstock.
- I have provided the backside for the cards which you can either print out using the duplex function if your printer has that.
- Or by printing out the front and back for each set of cards and gluing them together before cutting out.
- Alternatively, mount the cards onto colored construction paper or cardstock to create a nice reverse side to the cards. This is optional – you can leave the back white if you prefer, but bear in mind that if you use thin paper you may see the images through at the back!
- Cut around the whole sheet of cards first, then, down the middle of the thicker gray lines horizontally and vertically. You may find a paper trimmer will make this job easier!
- TIP! To protect the cards so that they last longer, laminate each card after cutting. Leave a slight edge around each card when cutting the laminate sheet to not fall apart.
How To Play Thanksgiving Memory (Concentration)
- Shuffle the cards – you can use just one single set (8 pairs of cards) for younger children, through to all of them for older kids and adults.
- Place them face down in a grid formation across the table or floor. A grid makes remembering where cards are easier – or you could place them more haphazardly if you prefer!
- Players take it in turns to flip over two cards and see if they match. If they do, they keep the pair of cards and take another turn.
- If they don’t match, the cards are flipped back over in the same place and the next player has their turn.
- Once all the cards have been matched, the game is over, and the person with the most pairs wins!
Benefits of Memory Match Games
- The rules are very simple for even the youngest of children (suitable for ages 3 and up).
- The game helps to develop concentration skills.
- The game helps to develop memory skills.
- Can help with visual discrimination which is the ability to see differences and similarities – such as difference in size and shape.
- Games help to develop turn-taking, and how to be a gracious winner or loser!
- Depending on the theme, the game can help with color recognition, letters, words, numbers, shapes, and in turn improving literacy and numeracy.
Download the Thanksgiving Memory Game Cards Printable
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