Kids playing games to match shapes

Shape Memory Game

Ages 3 and up

Recognizing shapes is a great way for young children to learn about math. Not only are shapes and angles crucial for future math skills (like geometry), but they can be an easy way to build confidence in early learners. As your child learns to confidently identify a shape, complimenting them on how good they are at math can help them feel secure in their abilities. This will allow them to see themselves as capable of completing mathematical tasks in the future. Play this fun game below to practice identifying shapes quickly.


  • A piece of cardstock or construction paper
  • Colored pencils


  1. Cut the piece of paper into 16 equal parts.
  2. Create matching sets of eight different shapes (if desired you can also use a different color for each shape).
  3. Set all the cards facedown and take turns flipping over two cards at a time. Each time someone flips over a card, repeat the name of the shape on it.
  4. If you pick up two cards with the same shape, you’ve found a match and get to keep those cards. Repeat until all the cards have been picked up.

More Fun

  • Play a fun online version of this game here