Japan Matching Game

This Japan matching game is a great way to introduce your child to the culture of Japan! Each set of matching cards describes a different national or cultural symbol of Japan.

Also included is a fact sheet explaining the symbol on the card so you can teach your child the significance of each picture.

Not only are matching games a fun way to teach new ideas, they also help to develop fine motor and memory skills.

We used this game for our Japan cultural unit and I found it to be a great way to provide a broad overview of the country.

Japan matching game

Materials needed:

  • Japan Matching Game printable (download below)
  • Cardstock paper
  • Scissors
  • Laminator (optional)

How to play the matching game:

Print out the matching game on cardstock and cut out all of the cards. Laminate them if you want them to last longer.

Print out the Matching Game fact sheet and use it as a reference to talk to your child about some of the national symbols of Japan.

You can choose to either use match pictures with pictures or pictures with words, depending on the difficulty you want for your child,

Japan Matching Game factsheet

Turn all of the cards over and take turns turning two over at a time. If your match is correct, keep the cards. If not, turn them back over. It’s now the next person’s turn. Continue until all the cards have been matched.

Or, you can use the cards as a guessing game. Have one person hold up a card facing away from them. The other person then gives clues to help them guess what card they are holding (eg. “it’s something you eat”, or “it’s a famous building”, etc.).

For an easier version: if you have a younger child, have them start by making matches with all of the cards facing up.

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