There is a two and a half year old boy residing in this house who is rarely found without a football tucked under his arm. In fact, two of his first words were "football" and "touchdown" - his desire to speak/learn new words picked up when I finally found some books that matched his interests. So, I try to incorporate his favorite sport as often as I can into learning activities.
He was THRILLED when I made him this NFL Memory Matching Game.
Whenever we play, we not only work on matching skills and practicing the team name - but also review our colors, talk about the logos/patterns on the helmets, and even sometimes use our map to identify the state in which the team is located. For now, using the full set (64 cards - including all 32 NFL teams) is a little overwhelming, so we usually break it down to a set of 12.
Would you like to make your own? Click here to download the document. There are 4 pages of team helmets, and a 5th page meant for use as a decorative backside to the cards (if desired). I would recommend laminating these or printing them on cardstock, as they will get a lot of use.