Crab Pattern Matching Activity


You love knowing you’re doing everything you can to prepare your preschooler to be a great reader — which is exactly why this crab pattern matching activity was created. Perfect for teaching your preschooler how to distinguish patterns, this crab pattern matching activity will help your kiddo practice visual discrimination, a skill they need to help them read — without any boring drills or memorization. As a mom myself, I get that you want to help your kiddo thrive, but you don’t have a lot of time to prepare elaborate activities. Which is exactly why I created this easy, low prep solution to help.

★ Includes 24 crab pictures + 24 pattern circles for tons of matching games
★ Quick + easy prep – set up this independent activity in less than 10 minutes
★ Vibrant, colorful watercolor designs are engaging and will look great in your home
★ Includes 7 creative and interactive activities you can do with the crab cards

⭐ BONUS: Includes the Ultimate Flashcard Activity Book with over 15 activities + games to play


What’s Included

This pattern matching activity includes everything you need for your preschooler to practice visual discrimination skills.

★ 24 crab cards with a full picture
★ 24 pattern circles with a close up detail of the pattern on the crab
Bonus: Flashcard Activity Guide

What Makes These Cards Special

Builds pre-reading skills. Helps your child practice color recognition, visual discrimination and pattern recognition, which helps them develop the skills they need to read and see the difference between letters.

Reuse them (over and over). Why use printables? Because you get to print them as many times as you want. And repurpose them into a million different activities. Ideas included.

Vibrant colors. Colorful watercolor art keeps your little learner focused and engaged.

Hit developmental milestones. Hands-on learning activity that’s age-appropriate for preschool and early elementary kids.

Compact design. Take them in the car, to the park, in an airplane, to grandma’s house. They go everywhere!

Great motor activity. Fantastic practice to develop their fine motor skills, and I include creative ideas to use these activities in gross motor play too.

Activity Ideas

The possibilities of using these crab cards are endless. Here are 5 of my favorite ideas to get you started:

Sensory bin. Hide the detail cards in a sensory bin to have your kiddo find them + match them to the corresponding crab card.

Card games. Create a deck of cards by printing multiple sets of cards and play card games like Go Fish, Slap It and Memory. Instructions included.

Scavenger hunt. Hide the detail cards around the room, then find and match them to the crab cards. Great indoor or outdoor game.

Relay race. Little one having trouble sitting to learn? Then get them up and moving with a relay race — running back and forth to match the detail cards to the crab cards. This one is great for group activities.

Decoration. Make a decorative banner with the cards for your kid’s room, nursery, baby shower or classroom.

Who These Printables Are For

Parents. If you’ve got a toddler, preschool, pre-k, or kindergarten kid and are looking for enriching activities for them instead of using screen time.

Teachers + educators. Need engaging teaching resources for your classroom? Here’s your unique solution.

Montessori lovers. Perfect for creating hands-on activities at home or in the classroom.

Homeschool parents. Need to supplement a preschool or kindergarten curriculum? Add these to your morning basket or lesson plan.

Gift givers. If you’re looking for a special birthday gift, new parent gift, or baby shower gift that I can guarantee you no one else will be giving.

How It Works

how to download printable pdf activity

1. Download. Grab your PDF file, available immediately upon purchase via email and in your account (if you created one),

how to print pdf

2. Print. On your home printer, on Letter (8.5″ x 11″) or A4 paper (cardstock paper recommended).

laminate printable pdf

3. Laminate (optional). It’s optional but recommended to preserve color and make your pages last longer, but using cardstock only is fine too.

cutting printable activity

4. Cut it out. Cut out the activity on the solid gray line.


Designed by a cognitive psychologist + mom to support healthy development


Let your child’s creativity soar while you get a much needed break

artfully designed

Goodbye 90s clipart, hello modern watercolor art you’ll want to hang in every room

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