Countries & Capitals Match-Ups

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Why?

Quick, what’s the capital of Chile? Indonesia? Ghana? Create and play this game to remember countries, capitals, flags, and other facts.

Steps

  1. 1. There’s nothing like a matching game to help you remember math facts, dates, and other information. Here’s a game to help you and a partner study country (or state or province) capitals, flags, or other information.
  2. 2. Decorate a game box. With Crayola® Scissors, cut paper to cover a recycled box. Decorate it with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils. They erase easily if you change your mind! Attach the paper to the box with Crayola School Glue. Air-dry the glue.
  3. 3. Make your matching cards. Cut at least 36 cards from recycled file folders. Measure them so that they are all the same size. Color one side with the same design.
  4. 4. Using the countries and capitals that you are studying, write the name, outline a map, list the capital city, or write a fact about the country. Make at least two cards for each country. Make at least 18 sets of cards so you can challenge your skills.
  5. 5. Play! Place all cards face down. Take turns trying to find a match. When you’ve mastered all of the information, exchange cards with your classmates. Create new cards with different countries and capitals, too.

adaptations

Add information about population, geographical facts, customs, historical landmarks, famous leaders, or rivers.

Adapt this game for any subject, such as a second language or math. To make the game even more complicated, mix different types of facts. For instance combine words in the country’s language with facts about it.

Take your cards home to play with your families.

Assessment: Check the accuracy of information before playing. Note when students have memorized information and ask them to trade card sets or make new cards.

benefits

Students identify countries (or states/provinces), capitals, flags, or other information to memorize.

Students create a matching game with sets of information cards and a box to hold their cards.

Students play the game in small groups and increase the difficulty of the game as their knowledge expands.

grades

Grades 1 to 3
Grades 4 to 6

subjects

Language Arts
Math
Visual Arts

time

Multiple Sessions

curriculum standards links

US: Research U.S. Standards
UK: Research UK Standards
Canada: Research Canada Standards

safety guidelines

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

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