Numbers Matching Game

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Name of Teacher: Sean Barnwell

Class/Grade/Language Level: Elementary School Grades 1 - 4

Textbook and specific lesson: N/A

Goal: Get the students familiar with counting numbers 1 – 20

Preparation: Number flashcards with characters on the back

Class time: 10 - 20 minutes


This is a simple lesson that gets the kids really excited. However, preparation can be a little time consuming, but fun. Start by making number flashcards for the numbers 1 – 20 (or whatever numbers you wish to teach). On the front of each card have a single number, and on the back put the picture of a well-known character such as Mario, Doraemon, Pikachu, any character that the students will know. Make sure to have two of each character, adding up to 10 different characters total.

  1. Warm Up
    Start off the class as you usually would with your favorite warm ups
  2. Number Review
    Start with reviewing the numbers, first 1 – 10 and then 11 – 20. Do this anyway you like using rhythms or songs, or whatever else you have up your sleeve make counting more engaging and interesting.
  3. Numbers Matching
    Put all of the number flashcards on the board with the number showing, don’t let the students see the characters on the back. Then divide the class into two teams and have them do rock, paper, scissors to decide which team can go first. Each round, each team has to pick two different students to say one number each. When they say the number, you turn over the card to reveal the character. The teams keep guessing numbers until they find two matching characters, and then they get a point. The team that finds the most matching characters wins.


Even though it’s a rather simple guessing game, every class I’ve played it with has gone absolutely crazy for it.