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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.


58 thoughts on “Memory Game with Google Slides”

  1. 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!

      1. Since I’m late to the party, I am having trouble finding the template. I would love this as it is! My Algebra students are reviewing this now!

  2. 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!!

  3. 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!

    1. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. Hi! I was wondering how you make copies for each student. I made one copy but I am afraid when one student edits it, the changes will be saved and the other students won’t be able to complete the activity from square one. Thanks!

    1. I selected make a copy for each student in Google Classroom. I had one student share the file with their opponent that way only 2 people are working on one game. Hope that makes sense.

  6. How do you actually set up the backs of the cards? Do you type in a google doc, and then copy and paste it into a blank white slide? I feel like I am missing this step.

    1. Thanks for reaching out. When you say backs of the cards I’m going to assume the content side. If this is incorrect please let me know. I used a blank google slide to create the content. Once you are satisfied with the content you can go to the next step, setting it as the background.

    1. You have to insert a text box. It should be the T in your toolbar. The benefit if a text box is that you can move them wherever you want.

    1. You click on the “card” and hit delete. Then do it again with another. If they match then keep them deleted. If not, hit undo twice.

  7. Yes, it’s created in Google Slides. You click the card and delete it. That reveals the content beneath it. You aren’t technically flipping them over.

    1. Hi. I make the memory game. But when I deleted one card, they all deleted and then they all came back with the next step. What am I doing wrong? How can I reveal just one card at a time?
      Thank you!!!

      1. There are a couple of reasons this might happen. You may have selected all of the at once or you may have grouped them.

  8. Thanks for the advice!!
    I teach K and might give this a try for sight words, addition problems, etc.

  9. Thank you for your directions! I made a version in Hebrew for one of my students. The Hebrew font is super annoying on google and microsoft so it took some maneuvering to get it to work right but I’m excited to share it with him.

  10. I think I know the answer to this but I am just checking. This cannot be played in present mode, correct?

  11. I was able to make this but can’t figure out how to fli0 the squares to see the background.

    1. You are removing the tile on top to see the card below. I wish there was a way to actually flip it but for now removing it is the work around. If it’s not a match then hit undo twice and it puts the cards back.

  12. Hi Mandi. I’m wondering if there’s a way to make the game self-checking. I can do it in PowerPoint, but I haven’t been able to do it n G.Slides.

      1. It is for sheets but you can add images. Most of the time my students play together so I just use Slides and provide a key so if they question if it’s a match they can look it up. I use flipptiy for escape rooms.

      2. I will write a blog post about flippity soon! It’s been around for awhile but they have made some updates that made it better.

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