Memory Game with Google Slides

I REALLY dislike cutting out paper activities. This dislike is what prompted me to create my first activity (drag and drop Geometry Proofs) with technology. When my team found a fun Memory Game activity I CRINGED at the thought of cutting out all of those sets and then finding a place to store them.

memory.ngsversion.1438028331698.adapt.1900.1I went through a few attempts to create a memory game in Google Slides. I thought about linking pages but I needed to see two at a time. I wanted to remove one element “on click” but I could only get them to dissolve in a specific order. I settled on deleting the cards and it worked like a charm.


I know, you are all wanting to create your own memory game now! You’re in luck, I have a quick tutorial for you!

Memory NumbersI used the basic white background so it didn’t distract from game. Place all of the “back side” of the cards, the part with the content, evenly spaced on your background. I ended up putting boxes around mine to help me get them spaced. I love that Google Slides give you guide lines as you place your items.

Parallel & Perpendicular Memory Game (4)

You can also use the arrange menu and select horizontal or vertical and align them perfectly.

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Memory Numbers (1)This is probably the most important step. We don’t want the background to be deleted while we are playing the game. Once you have the “back side” set exactly as you want it, go to file – download as – and pick jpg or png. Screen Shot 2017-10-01 at 5.23.00 PM

Once it’s downloaded, delete all of your elements. I know, that’s scary. I do go into my history and set that version as editable background, you know, just in case you made a mistake.

Now you will set this as the background. There is a background button on the top middle of the menu bar. Once you click it, select your image and set as the background. Now you can breathe again. All of that work is still there, not gone forever!

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Memory Numbers (2)We are ready to make the cards. I used the rectangle shape and held down the SHIFT key to make sure I had perfect squares. Screen Shot 2017-10-01 at 5.30.27 PM

I used the gradient tool to select the background and put a ? on it just like the original memory game.

Screen Shot 2017-10-01 at 5.32.40 PM.pngOne suggestion from my students was to make this an image so the ? wasn’t editable. Sometimes when clicking on the square they got the ? instead.

You can copy and paste these and use the align tool again to get them close to where you want them. Then move them exactly where you need them.

Memory Numbers (3)Create the rules page. I’ve included the image of my rules page below. It explains how you would “flip” the cards over to play the game.

Parallel & Perpendicular Memory Game (5)

Memory Numbers (4)Play the game!


I sent this to my students through Google Classroom and said make a copy for each student. They enjoyed it and learned from the activity as well.

If you make a memory game, please share! I love to see how people use my ideas.


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19 thoughts on “Memory Game with Google Slides

  1. Lorie-Ann Noyes

    I just made an alphabet version for my Kindergartners! As I’m writing this, I thinking I can do this with their names too! Can’t wait to show them!

  2. Do you have a template?

    • I will be sharing the one I made in a blog post later today on my math site. Check twitter later today.

  3. Niki W

    LOVE this idea…. also I am about to introduce proofs, so I’d love to see the one you referenced on geometry proofs since I was seriously about to cut out the statements and reasons for our first activity!!

  4. Christine Lafferty

    Any chance you would share your file with the Twittersphere?

  5. Kimberly

    Thanks, Mandi and Patrick. I tweaked it to create my own version for students to match years with which century it is. (They tend to think that when we study the 18th Century, we are talking about the 1800s.)

  6. Coreen

    Thank you so much! I’ve been searching for something like this for a week and have failed at every attempt on my own! Appreciate it so much!

  7. Diane

    I used it for an elementary vocabulary review game.

  8. Hi, Mandi. This was great. I’m using it to review vocabulary.

  9. Michelle

    Is the template still available? If so, how do I find it. Trying to search twitter but… no luck.

    • There is no template because different games require different cards. You should be able to use the step-by-step instructions on the post to make one though.

  10. Lindsay Anderson

    Thank you so much! I have been trying to figure out a matching game for my students to review their Cornell Notes so they can get an idea of why it is important to utilize a good note-taking system. Brilliant!

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