Flip Flops Printable Matching Games

Are your kids enjoying their Summer? Make it even more fun with Flip Flop matching games and activities using these free cards!

FREE printable Summer theme games featuring flip flops! Kids will love to play these 7 activities including matching, counting, skip counting, patterns, memory challenges and more! Great summer activities for preschoolers and kindergarten kids.

Here are 7, yes SEVEN, fun ideas on how you can use these cards and develop skills your kiddos will need for school!

First up: Simple Matching

This is a good activity to start off with young children. Simply match each Flip Flop with its pair, one by one. Say the colors to develop language and vocabulary.

Two: Memory Game

Turn the cards face down and play a memory game where a player turns two cards around hoping to find a pair. Remember where a certain color is and find all the pairs. Start with only a few pairs and add more the more confident the player(s) get. 

Three: Count in Pairs

Use the pairs to count by twos (skip counting). A great way to show the concept of skip counting with physical objects (the cards). 

Four: Simple Counting

Choose a number and count out that number of Flip Flops. One can even do simple word sums using the cards. Example: "Mary has 4 pairs of Flip Flops. After a visit to the beach, one of the pairs got lost. How many does she have now?" 

Five: Visual Memory

Use the cards to expand visual memory. (Start with one card and then add more.) Show a card quickly. Ask the child to look for the matching one in his pile. If correct, show 2 cards. Do this until it is too challenging. 

Six: Patterns

Pack out a pattern with one of the pair. Place the other pair in the wrong order. Ask the child to "fix it up". Or, make a pattern(start with only 2 cards, then add more). Show the child the pattern for a few seconds. Cover up the pattern and ask the child to copy the pattern from memory.

Seven: Match using lines

Place cards on a blackboard or whiteboard as shown in the image below. Ask the child to draw a line to match the pairs. This is a good activity to develop pre-writing skills, hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness. 

Such fun activities and that with only a pack of Flip Flop cards! Also check out this Garden Memory Game!

This post was contributed by:

Nadia from Teach Me Mommy

Nadia is a South African mommy of two and a therapist at a elementary remedial school. She blogs over at Teach me Mommy about easy and playful activities with the aim to teach. You can follow along on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram.


Viviana is a blogging mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a kindergartner, sharing ideas and resources for early education. She specializes in unique, hands-on printable activities that are educational, fun and inspire creativity in young minds.


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