I include vocabulary practice in just about everything I do with the girls -- everything from grocery lists and fairy tales have some simple words that you can incorporate into your everyday learning. Bible stories can be a little more difficult because some of the words are unusual and complicated, but I always manage to find a few that work!
I have used picture clues and simple Bible story vocabulary words to create some "learn to read" jigsaw puzzle piece word matching templates for young children. The bible story for this set of worksheets is Joseph and His Coat of Many Colors from Genesis Chapters 37 to 45.
The images and words match the other Joseph vocabulary word worksheets on the site which helps reinforce the learning.
- something to color with
- Optional: thin cardboard (ex: old cereal boxes)
- Print out the word match worksheets to go with the story about Joseph and His Coat of Many Colors.
- Optional: Glue the template onto a piece of thin cardboard or cardstock. I always use old cereal boxes or granola bar boxes instead of buying cardstock when I need thin cardboard as a base for making crafts or templates sturdy.
- Let dry.
- Color the pictures if using the B&W version. I prefer to let the children color the pictures in rather than using the color version because I find the time they take coloring helps their memory. They do the coloring before I cut them out so the word is sitting there beside the picture for them to "absorb" the whole time they are coloring.
- Cut out the word matching templates, separating the jigsaw puzzle pieces. This may require the help of an adult or older child. I just use scissors, but an adult could also use an exacto knife (craft knife).
- Mix together all of the pieces and allow the child to pull the pieces out and match the words with the picture clues.
- You can reuse these over and over if you like and you can mix them with other sets to make them more complicated.
- You can make up games (of varying complexity) to play with children with these templates:
- Line up all of the picture clue cards. Each player picks a word card and tries to match it with one of the picture clue cards.
- Go Fish: I like to print two sets for this game. Players each get 6 cards. If they have a MATCH, they put the match down in front of them (with two sets, a match can be picture + picture, word + word or picture + word) If player1 has no match, they can ask player2 for a card (ex: Do you have a COAT?) Player2 either gives the coat if they have one or says GO FISH if they do not, requiring player1 to pick a new card from the pile of unused, face down cards.
- Memory Game/Concentration. All cards should be turned face down. Players take turns flipping two cards up. If the cards match (ex: picture of a flower with the word flower) that is a MATCH -- those cards stay face up and the player gets another turn. If there is not a MATCH, the cards get turned back face down and the next player gets a turn
- ALTERNATIVE: Instead of making reusable puzzle pieces, you can just print the paper pieces and allow the children to glue the matching pieces together onto a blank piece of construction paper. An older children or adult can pre-cut the pieces if you like.
- Close template window when done printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).
Joseph and his coat of many colors Jigsaw Word Match Templates: