Supplement your under the sea themed unit studies with this fun and free ocean animal printable matching game for kids.
It’s another one of our fun ocean kids activities.
This simple ocean animal matching game is great for filling some free time. It’ll help kids work on memory, focus, and visual discrimination!
Ocean Match Up Game
Throughout this last week of ocean unit studies, we’ve had a lot of fun.
There have been activities for older kids and some for the younger ones, but this ocean animal game is the perfect activity for the whole family.
Even though there are four years between my boys, at ages 3 and 7, they both still love playing matching games.
Plus, it’s so easy to set up.
All you need to do is print the cards out, laminate them (trust me, you’ll want to reuse them), cut them out, and play!
You can also use these ocean animal cards to reinforce color matching. This is perfect for older toddlers or preschool aged children who are learning about colors.
Just grab some colored paper in gray, purple, yellow, pink, green, orange and red and set it up.
Simply place the colored paper in two rows on the table. Then lay out the ocean animal cards and ask your child to match the color of the animal on the card to the correct colored paper.
So simple and educational!
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More Ocean Ideas For Kids
We love borrowing books from the library or buying some to add to our home collection. Reading is a great way to introduce a new unit and as you know, has tremendous benefits! Below are some of the top rated ocean books for kids!
The Snail and the Whale– Julia Donaldson, author of the famous book The Gruffalo, brings kids another fun book about an unlikely set of friends. Snail and Whale have lots of fun together in this colorful book!
Shark Lady– This children’s book is based upon the true story of Eugenie Clark, aka, The Shark Lady. Learn about her love of sharks, her discoveries, and the inspiring message of going after what you want in life.
The Rainbow Fish -This is a classic children’s book with a wonderful message for children. In it, a fish learns to share his favorite possession, his glittery scales, with his friends!
If your child loves creating ocean themed crafts, be sure to check out all of our ocean crafts for kids!
Another fun option is this ocean play dough set. It’s sparkly and comes with several cool fish!