My kindergartener is obsessed with creating her own math games. She comes up with the idea, creates a game board, gathers materials, and writes the rules out. Then she’s been bringing them into her classroom because she’s sure her friends will want to play! I decided to jump off of her ideas and come up with my own new math game to practice numbers 11-20 with twenty frames. She agrees that her friends will love our 20 frame matching fish game just as much as she does!
20 Frame Matching Fish Math Game
This printable set includes 10 fish tanks and 10 fish cards. Each fish tank has a set of 20 frames on it. Each fish card has a number 11-20 printed on it.
To prep this activity, simply print the game from the file below. If you are using this in a classroom setting, I recommend laminating the matching fish game with this laminator. If you are not laminating, print the set on cardstock for added durability.
Cut the cards apart and now it’s time to play!
The goal of the 20 frame matching fish game is match each fish number card with the correct fish tank 20 frame. Spread the fish tank cards out on a table or the floor. Put the fish number cards in a basket. Pick a fish number card and find its match. Continue until all of the cards are matched!
Different Ways to Play
My kindergartener’s favorite way to play this matching game is to set it up like memory. Organize all of the fish cards and fish tank cards face down in rows on a table. One person picks 2 cards and flips them over to try to make a match. In this game, the fish number card will match with the correct 20 frame on the fish tank.
If a match is made, add the match to a pile. If no match is made, it is the next person’s turn to pick 2 cards. Play until all matches have been made!
To add fine motor (and fun!) to the 20 frame matching fish game, set up in a sensory bin full of blue rice. Coloring rice is easy and takes no time! Stick the fish number cards in the rice “water.” Use kid-friendly tongs, tweezers, or even clothespins to fish the number cards out of the sensory bin. Arrange the fish tank cards on the table to match the fish number cards to as they are pulled from the bin.
Whichever way you choose to play the 20 frame matching fish game, number skills will be practiced and fun will be had!
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