Animal Alphabet Memory Match GameAnimal Alphabet Memory Match

My students love memory games. Maybe it is because I have such a bad memory I never win!

I made this game for a student who is learning the notes on the staff around middle C. You might notice the illustrations are the same I’ve used in a lot of beginning activities. [A few years ago I wrote a set of short songs for each of these animals. Click here to find them.]


  • The object of the game is to match the alphabet letter to the correct note on the staff.
  • Open the PDF in the latest version of Adobe Reader.
  • Print the first page on card stock.
  • Re-insert the first page into your computer and print on the back. (You might need to practice how to print on the back using scrap paper.) There is a tutorial in my FAQ page about how to print on the back of PDF documents.
  • Laminate the cards for durability. Cut them along the dotted lines.
  • Place the cards face down in a 4 x 4 grid as shown above.
  • The first player turns over 2 cards. If they match he keeps them and takes another turn. If not, it is the second player’s turn.
  • The second person continues in the same way.
  •  The player with the most cards wins.


  • To identify the names of notes located around middle C.
  • To improve visual memory skills.


  • Young beginners through ages 7 or 8.

Grid to Help Young Children Play Memory Games

Young students often have trouble playing memory games because they don’t realize after they look at a card they have to put it back in the exact same space. I use this grid, glued to the file folder that holds the cards, to help them put it back in the correct space.

Memory Game Grid




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2 thoughts to “Animal Alphabet Memory Match

  • Judy Knudson

    SUSAN–this is PERFECT! I have a 6 year old child who has broken her right arm. She just started last year and LOVES piano–she was also diagnosed with alopecia so has lost all her hair –she is so spunky she is just out there in your face, most of the time without her wig. She was SO disappointed that she might have to miss some lessons but now is SO excited that we have loads of stuff to do–left hand scales, cadences, arps, and sight reading, and lots of games to build up her skills–and this game is JUST what the doctor ordered! Thank you SO MUCH!!!

  • LadyD

    Love the colorful memory game cards and the beginner songs are great. Thanks for these wonderful resources. You are a blessing!


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