Free Insect Memory Game Printable

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This fun insect memory game printable introduces your kids to the intriguing world of bugs.

Ideal for enhancing cognitive abilities like memory and attention, this game uses captivating images of various insects to help children distinguish and learn about different species.

Whether it’s for educational purposes at school, a stimulating indoor activity, or a thematic addition to a bug-themed party, this printable offers a delightful way for kids to connect with nature while boosting their observational skills.

This printable memory game is a fantastic educational resource and a great way to spark curiosity about the environment.

The image displays several cut-out memory cards with insect illustrations on a cutting board. The cards have drawings of various insects like bumblebees, ants, and spiders. There are also bright swirly patterns as backgrounds.

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Insect matching game

This bug matching game is free for personal use and classroom use only. Scroll to the bottom of the post for instant access to the pdf printable.

Setting up the insect memory game with your printable can be both fun and educational. Here’s a step-by-step guide to prepare and play the game, designed with two sets of 12 images each—one set featuring just images of insects and the other set including the same images but with descriptions underneath.

Materials needed:

  • Color printer
  • High-quality paper or card stock
  • Laminator and laminating sheets (optional but recommended for durability)
  • Scissors or a paper cutter
insect memory game free printable

Preparing the game:

  1. Print the cards:
    • Create two sets of cards. The first set should have just the images of the insects. The second set should have the same images but include a short description under each image. Here’s a breakdown of the images you’ll need for each set:
      • 3 Spiders
      • 1 Ant
      • 1 Ladybug with 10 spots
      • 1 Queen Bee
      • 2 Blue Butterflies
      • 1 Wasp
      • 1 Bumble Bee
      • 2 Yellow Butterflies
      • 1 Ladybug with 9 spots
      • 2 additional Spiders
      • 2 Red Butterflies
      • 1 Flying Bumble Bee
  2. Laminate (optional):
    • For added durability, especially if the game will be used frequently or by young children, laminate the printed sheets before cutting them into cards.
  3. Cut out the cards:
    • Use scissors or a paper cutter to cut out the individual cards from each sheet. Ensure each card is cut to the same size for consistency and ease of play.
cutting out the insect matching game cards

How to play the game:

  1. Shuffle the cards:
    • Mix up the cards from both sets together to randomize the order. This ensures a challenging memory game.
  2. Lay out the cards:
    • Place the cards face down in a grid. The layout could be 4×6 or any configuration that fits your space and number of cards.
  3. Playing the game:
    • Players take turns flipping over two cards at a time, with the goal of finding matching pairs—one card with just the image and its corresponding card with the image and description.
    • If the cards match, the player keeps the pair and gets another turn.
    • If they don’t match, the cards are flipped back over, and the next player takes their turn.
  4. Continue until all cards are matched:
    • The game continues until all pairs have been matched.
    • The player with the most pairs at the end of the game wins.
  5. Learning component:
    • After matching, take a moment to read the descriptions aloud and discuss them. This reinforces learning about the insects and their characteristics.

This memory game is a great way to make learning about insects exciting and memorable for kids, providing both a visual and informational stimulus to help them learn about the natural world. Enjoy setting up and playing your insect memory game!

Additional insect worksheets

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Insect alphabet worksheets

Insect word search

Insect crafts for kids from Homeschool Preschool

Parts of an insect worksheet from Living Life & Learning

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Last Updated on 27 May 2024 by Clare Brown