Countries & Capitals Match-Ups

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

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.

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.

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Erasable Colored Pencils
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • ruler
  • recycled tissue box
  • recycled file folders

Overview

grades

  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6

subjects

  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Visual Arts

time

  • Multiple Sessions

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.

Cirriculum

Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards