About Match the Dots

The goal of this game is to match quantities that are shown in all different dot card configurations.

Game Materials

Dot Cards, Directions


What's the math in this game?

When children count objects one-by-one in the correct order, they are using one-to-one correspondence. Help children label the last number they count as the total number in the set. For example, “one, two, three, there are three in all.” Labeling set sizes helps children practice cardinality – knowing how many in all.

Download Directions for Match the Dots

To print at home: There are 7 types of cards in the dot card deck. Each type of dot card can be printed separately on colored paper. We have suggested these colors in the directions, but you can use any paper available to you. For example, you can use blue paper to print the blue circle dot cards.
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