Matching Opposites Words

This language lesson is designed for 3 to 6-year-old children. It guides them to improve their understanding of some adjectives and verbs and to match them with their opposite word.  Matching activities are numerous and can be modified to fit different age groups and to enhance knowledge in other areas.

Benefits of Matching Opposite Words to the Child

  • Improve a child’s ability to describe things.
  • Encourage the learning of new vocabulary
  • Improve the concentration
  • Generates an opportunity to practice reading.
  • Builds a sense of order

Materials Required for Matching Opposite Words Activity

  1. A small mat
  2. A small tray
  3. Two sets of 8 or more adjectives or verbs (printed words).  The words of one group are the opposites of the other group.

How to Introduce Matching Opposite Words Activity to the Child?

In this activity, the child matches pairs of opposite words with no pictures.

  1. Carry the tray with the words to a mat or a table.
  2. To clear the space, place the tray in one corner of the mat.
  3. Take a set of cards and line them up on the left side of the mat.
    If there are many cards, you will need to make two
  4. Take a card from the other set,  read the word, and compare it with the first card on the mat by reading.If it’s the opposite word, leave it there. If the cards don’t match, compare your card with the next cards until you find the opposite word.
  5. Repeat the process with the other cards until all cards match.
  6. Pick up each set of cards, shuffle them, and put them back in the tray.

Variations and Extensions

To address this activity for younger children, you can use pictures. If you want to use this activity with older children, you can include more words and more complex adjectives or verbs.

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Video created by: Alejandra Jurado


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