From the time they’re toddlers, we start teaching our children about opposites.
Big and small, short and tall, the list goes on.
As they get a little bit older these opposites become antonyms and can get a little more complex.
Sometimes, with this change, kids need more of a visual representation of these words for the lesson to stick.
With this antonym matching file folder game, you’ll be able to see each of the words represented in picture form, making it easier for all of your visual learners!
We’ll cover the few that they learned when they were younger like big and small, but we’ll add a few more that they may not have thought of yet including:
- above and below
- back and front
- big and small
- black and white
- clean and dirty
- open and closed
- day and night
- empty and full
- happy and sad
- in and out
- right way up and upside down
Assembling the Antonym Matching Game
If you remember the rhyming dominoes file folder game from our last series, this game will be a breeze to put together!
They’re essentially made the same way because that’s what my own kids were used to.
In fact, you’ll need the same supplies:
You’ll start by cutting out the domino pieces and the matching antonyms.
Attach the cover of the game to the front of your folder using some clear contact paper. If you’re struggling with this step, try adding some double-sided tape to the back of the cover to hold it in place while you lay the contact paper over top.
Then, you’ll use some more contact paper to attach the domino pieces to the inside of your folder.
When that’s done, run your matching antonym pieces through your laminator.
Finally, add one side of your Velcro dots to the empty side of each domino and the opposite Velcro dots to the matching antonym pieces.
Using the Antonym Matching Game
Talk with your child about various antonyms and show them the file folder.
See if they can name some of the antonyms without looking at the pieces first.
Then, when they’re ready, give them the antonym pieces and have them place each one on the correct domino.
Once they’ve gotten them all, see if they can think of any other antonyms that may not be represented within this game.