Things that go together cards
Here are 54 printable things that go together cards on 6 sheets in PDF form. There are also an answer list of things that go together, and suggested activities as well as instructions on using the cards..
These cards are a fantastic resource for language learning, print a few sets out once and you will be able to use them many times. If you have a set available they are also perfect to grab and use as a quick game, warm-up activity or time filler.
The picture cards use the very simple word association of the concept of 2 objects that match together. For example, we associate milk with a cow, stars with night, and a pen with paper. All the cards have 1 main matching card to form a pair.
The printable sheets have 9 cards each with 4 pairs and one extra card that has its match on the sheet before or after. Sheets 1 and 2, 3 and 4, and 5 and 6 form 3 sets of 18 complete pairs. Just remember, when you print an odd number of sheets you will have 1 extra card that doesn’t have a match.
Matching the things that go together cards
There are a few different games and activities that the cards can be used for. The first and most obvious is matching/pelmanism.
Print out as many sheets as you like, cut the cards out and get your students to match the pairs that belong together. This works well as pair work or also as a small group activity.
If you print the entire set, some cards will associate with more than one other card such as – rain with cloud, and rain with sun. Students will have to find the best matches to complete the activity. If you really want to challenge your students you can cut the words off the top of the cards. This leaves only the pictures and makes it much more difficult.
To involve speaking in this activity get your class to explain why two cards match together. They could say, for example, bacon and eggs go together because they are cooked for breakfast. Or, hammer and nail belong together because they are used to build things.
Other games for the things that go together cards
Here are some other ways you can use the cards in a fun way!
- Turn the cards upside down and play a memory game where students turn over two at a time to try to find matching pairs.
- Show students groups of 3 cards ( a matching pair and another card). Get them to identify the odd one out and explain why it is different.
- Play Charades or Pictionary by getting 1 student to come to the front of the class and choosing a card randomly from a shuffled deck. They must then act or draw the word in order for the rest of the class to guess what it is.
- Play a word association game by taking a matching pair and get your students to think of another word they can associate with the cards. Go round the class with each person taking a turn to add a new associated word.
- Speed reading- see how many words on the cards a student can pronounce correctly in a time limit of 30 seconds.
- Rhyming. Get your students to think of words that rhyme with each card. You can also find a lot of rhyming cards and activities on the pronunciation archive pages.
List of things that go together cards answers
The objects that match together on the cards are as follows –
Sheets 1 and 2 – leaf and tree, cow and milk, flower and bee, cloud and rain, sun and hat, hand and glove, ball and goal, pen and paper, hair and brush.
Sheets 3 and 4 – dog and bone, bread and butter, table and chair, bolt and nut, key and lock, knife and fork, hammer and nail, salt and pepper, pot and stove.
Sheets 5 and 6 – bucket and spade, bacon and eggs, cup and saucer, soap and water, police and thief, engine and gas/fuel, boat and anchor, racket and ball, helmet and motorbike.