It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day. If you plan to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, consider this DIY shamrock matching game. This matching game is a great opportunity to support cognitive development. You can either buy shamrock templates or matching cards, or you can make them yourself. It’s really simple. But first let’s talk about cognitive development and how you can help children sharpen those skills.
Cognitive Development in Preschoolers
Cognitive development focuses on developing functions of the brain such as thinking, learning, awareness, judgment, and processing information. According to developmental psychologist Jean Piaget, children go through several stages of cognitive development and learning activities for toddlers and children should correspond to the appropriate developmental.
This St. Patrick’s Day shamrock matching game is a cognitive activity for preschoolers that helps them learn and practice the skills of classification and memory. This lesson plan includes preparation instructions, procedures, and materials list for this activity. The lesson plan also includes age-appropriate learning objectives and examples of the simple supporting verbal cues necessary to encourage participation and support learning.
St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Matching and Memory Activity Materials
Computer with Internet and Printer
St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Matching Game Activity Preparation
Download the Shamrock Template from allkidsnetwork.com to your computer and print out the shamrock shape. For each child, cut out the shamrock and trace 12 on green card stock. Draw 6 different shapes on the center of each shamrock to make two sets of identical shamrocks with matching pairs (so, two squares, two circles, two rectangles, etc.) Glue one set of shamrocks to a piece of card stock or construction paper. Each child will have a shamrock sheet with 6 shamrocks and 6 shamrocks for matching.
St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Matching Game Procedure
- Invite the children over to the activity area and let them know they can play a matching game with shamrocks.
- Have the children match the shamrocks by laying the correct shamrock on top of the shamrock on the shamrock sheet.
Objective 1: To develop an understanding of classification by encouraging children to find the likeness in two objects
Verbal Cue A: Let’s find the circle shamrock.
Verbal Cue B: Can you find the shamrock with a square on it?
Objective 2: To foster shape recognition skills
Verbal Cue A: Which is the shape on the shamrock you are holding?
Verbal Cue B: How do you say the name of this shape?
With this St. Patrick’s Day matching activity, children will learn important cognitive skills. They will improve their concentration skills and the ability to categorize.
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