S is for Shark: Shark Matching & Memory Activities with Free Printable

By |2018-07-30T12:36:50+00:00July 24th, 2018|Crafting, Shark Activities, Toddler Activities|0 Comments

I really enjoy watching my daughter make connections as she learns and explores the world. One of the activities we do to encourage these connections are matching activities, which are both fun and excellent for development. As I’ve introduced our shark activities, including our shark matching, I’ve been amazed as I watch her be able to not only visually identify the different species of sharks, but also name them and tell us her favorites (the Whale Shark, in case you’re wondering).

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In order to do these activities, you’ll need the following supplies:

Suggested activities:

These shark identification cards can be used three different ways, depending on the your child’s own development. Before introducing the cards, read Usborne Lift-the-Flap Sharks to learn more about sharks. The book doesn’t include all ten sharks in the Sharks TOOB, but it gives a great introduction to the topic of sharks and a few favorite types of sharks.

  1. Match two sets of cards.
  2. Match one set of cards with one set of Safari Ltd. Sharks TOOB
  3. Play a memory game with two sets of cards.

Preparation instructions:

  1. Download Shark Matching & Memory Activity with shark ID cards.
  2. Print desired number of sets of cards (we recommend printing and preparing two sets so you’re ready for any of the activities).
  3. Cut out cards.
  4. Laminate, if desired (recommended for lots of use!)
  5. Play!

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About the download:

The sharks in these cards are original illustrations by my husband, Lloyd W. Meek. They are copyrighted and for personal use only. The sharks were chosen to match the sharks included in the Safari Ltd. Shark TOOB. Safari Ltd. included the Spotted Eagle Ray in their Shark TOOB, which is why we’ve included it in our Shark Identification Cards.

Shark Matching & Memory Activity Instructions

Activity One: Match two sets of cards

Supplies:

  • Two sets of shark identification cards

Instructions:

  1. Lay out one set of shark cards on the table.
  2. Take the second set of cards and mix them up. Set the pile aside.
  3. Take the first shark card from the pile, and match it with the corresponding shark on the table.
  4. Continue step three until all shark cards have been matched.

Activity Two: Match one set of cards with with one set of Safari Ltd. Sharks TOOB

Supplies:

  • One set of shark identification cards
  • Safari Ltd. Sharks TOOB in a bowl or container

Instructions:

  1. Lay out one set of shark cards on the table.
  2. Place all ten shark figures in a bowl or container
  3. Choose a shark figure from the container, and match it with the corresponding shark card on the table.
  4. Continue step three until all shark figures have been matched with the shark cards.

Activity Three: Play a memory game with two sets of cards

Supplies:

  • Two sets of shark identification cards

Can be played by oneself or with more players.

Instructions:

  1. Mix up the two sets of cards together.
  2. Lay all 20 cards face down in rows.
  3. Turn over any two cards. If the two cards match, keep them. If they don’t match, turn them back over.
  4. Try to remember what was on each card for the next turn.
  5. Take turns between players, if playing with more than oneself.
  6. Watch and remember during the other player’s turn.
  7. Repeat steps 3-6 until all the cards have been matched.

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