Summer Match Up Fine Motor and Working Memory Activity

Don’t you love activities that require little prep and include more than one domain of development?  I do for sure so I created this Summer Match Up board that you can download for free below from the Summer Sensory Motor Packet.  This activity incorporates fine motor skills, hand strengthening, visual discrimination skills and working memory on one board!

Preparation: Print the Summer Match Up board (download link below) and laminate it for durability if you want.  Grab some play dough or pennies (finally a use for pennies)!

How to play with play dough: Using thumb, index and middle finger create small balls of clay. Flatten each ball between thumb and index finger. Place clay over each circle. Player one removes two pieces of clay. If it is a match, keep the clay. If it is not a match, make the clay into a ball, flatten it and return back over the circles. Continue taking turns. The winner is the player with the largest ball of clay at the end of the game.

How to play with pennies:  Use the pennies to cover the circles instead of clay. Keep the pennies if you find a match. The player with the most pennies at the end is the winner!

How to play with just the cards:  Print 2 copies. Cut out all the small squares. Play a memory card game with the mini cards.

How to add in visual motor skills:  Using a dry erase marker, draw lines connecting each matching picture.

Check out the game in action with play dough and pennies in the video at the bottom of the post.


This activity is from the Summer Sensory Motor Packet.  Practice fine motor, gross motor, visual perceptual activities with 25+ NO PREP, fun, Summer themed packet. This is an excellent activity packet for in class activities, therapy sessions, class parties, carry over activities, brain breaks, early finishers and summer “homework”.  FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION.