Opposite Matching

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Opposite Matching
Language - Word Study
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Age5.5 +
Prerequisitesable to read non-phonetic words
Materialsopposite matching cards
small box

In this activity the child matches pair of cards with words that are opposites.


  1. Carry the material to a mat or table.
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  2. Take one stack of cards and line them up along the left side of the mat. If there are a lot of cards, you may need to make two columns.
    Opposite Match 2.JPG
  3. Take a card from the second stack. Compare it to the first card in the first column. If it matches, leave it there.
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  4. If the cards do not match, compare it to the next, and then the next until the match is found.
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  5. Continue in this way until all of the cards have been matched.
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  6. When putting the work away, be sure to mix up the order of the cards so the work is ready for the next person.

Points of Interest

Control of Error

Variations and Extensions

  • A version could be done with pictures instead of words.

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Where to Buy

Prices and links checked: 23 January 2022

Opposite Matching
Store Price
Thinkamajigs $18.95