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Printable Matching Game and Pond Themed Learning Activities

A simple printable matching game for kids to make and play. Both DIY and print and play versions you can download for free. Also more pond themed learning activities for kids.

DIY printable matching game, plus pond themed learning activities for kids

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Besides being fun, puzzles are an often overlooked educational tool. I’ve used puzzles to teach my children about the world. I also love using 4D Cityscape Time puzzles in our history lessons, as they allow children to see how historical events shape cities and countries.

I believe in hands on learning wherever possible, in all school subjects. So when I was offered the chance to review three new Dr. Livingston human body jumbo learning puzzles, I said yes. I knew these puzzles would be fantastic for teaching my children about the human body.

Using Puzzles to Teach Children About the Human Body

My Five Little Ducks printable is one of my more popular blog posts, so for this week’s pond theme I took that image and created a matching game. It’s the perfect companion for In the Small Small Pond by Denise Fleming – this week’s Virtual Book Club for Kids pick.

Duck Matching Game Printable

I created this printable with four-year-old Anna in mind. Seven-year-old Lily was eager to join in, and the beauty of a printable is that it’s easy to make extra copies! Especially since I have a gorgeous new printer HP sent us and I subscribe to Instant Ink, so I don’t worry about using up all of our ink.

Lily was very creative with her coloring – reminding me that this is a great way to explore patterns as well as colors with kids. They are using some double-ended markers made by Leisure Arts that I was given when I went to Creativation. The kids LOVE these markers, with one fine tip and another broader tip.

Quick and easy free printable matching game, plus pond themed learning activities for kids.

Lily kindly demoed this game in action. We laminated our cards using our well-loved laminator and laminating pouches. Before I got my laminator, I used to laminate by hand, using contact paper for larger items and packing tape for smaller pieces. You can also play with these pieces as is, particularly if you print them on card stock, or glue the pieces on to construction paper to make them a bit sturdier. We used normal printer paper since we planned to laminate.

We do recommend mixing the pieces a bit better than we did before playing!

Pond themed learning activities for kids.

I created a black and white version of this game, so that you can color it however you like. It saves ink, and it’s a great way to play with colors and patterns. Click on the image below for the PDF file.

Free printable matching game - ducks kids color in to make pairs

If you want to print the game and play right away, go with this color version. Click on the image below for the PDF file.

Free printable matching game, and pond themed learning activities for kids

More Pond Themed Learning Activities for Kids

As always, my co-hosts have some great activities for this week’s theme and book, In the Small Small Pond by Denise Fleming.


2016-17 season virtual book club for kids books and activities

Click on the image above to see all of the themes, books, and activities for this year’s 2016-17 Virtual Book Club for Kids! I am updating the page as new posts go live.

This book is an incredible resource for parents and educators looking for tools to develop literacy and math through play.

If you are looking for a home preschool curriculum, ABC & 123 is a wonderful place to start! I contributed to the book, along with some of my favorite early education bloggers. The activities provide a tiny bit of structure in a playful environment where children can explore early literacy and numeracy skills.

What is your favorite pond themed activity for kids? Have you tried out our ducks printable matching game? Do you have another pond themed book for us to read? Please share in the comments below, or on my Facebook page. You can also tag me on Instagram

MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

4 thoughts on “Printable Matching Game and Pond Themed Learning Activities”

  1. I’m a big fan of black and white versions. I just had a long discussion with a friend about people’s fondness for adding random color backgrounds into things and making it expensive to print.

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