Character Matching

This week, we’re back to matching characters. For younger children, matching is a helpful way to learn characters. Matching characters to pictures is also a wonderful way to learn, too.


Using clothespins or similar materials, you can combine simple matching with different tactile materials to assist your child with remembering characters.


  • Wooden clothespins, tokens, bottle caps, cards, etc.
  • Pens
  • A4 sheet of paper

Optional materials: laminator and laminating sheets if you want your materials to last longer, whiteboard, dry erase marker


  • On an A4 sheet of paper, write a bunch of different characters all over in varying sizes and colors. If you are using clothespins, make sure you write the characters on the edge of the sheet.
  • On the wooden clothespins or bottle caps, write the same characters (one on each)

Alternative options: You can also write with a dry eraser marker on a whiteboard or laminated sheet. If the characters can be represented by a picture (eg: a mountain for 山), draw the picture on the sheet instead.


Matching Characters (age 3+, single/multi player)

1) Place the sheet in front of your child along with all the pins or bottle caps.
2) Have your child match the pins by clipping onto the sheet or by placing the bottle caps on top of the matching character.

Multiplayer version: Have multiple sheets and bottle caps and they can do the activity at the same time. Or, the kids can work together on the same sheet. Or, you can have only ONE set of pins/caps and whoever makes the most matches wins.

Alternative ideas: If the children are older, you can add a timed element to the game. They can have 30 seconds to match as many as they can. Or you can have more characters on the sheet of paper. Or you can have more characters on the sheet than pins or vice versa.


Matching Characters

We would love to hear your comments and see pictures of your kids doing the activities. Make sure you join our Sagebooks HK Parent Support Facebook Group and share with us!


Flashcards are great – but context is better. It is really tempting to drill our children with flashcards because it seems to be a concrete way to see progress.

However, we need to remember that the point of knowing the characters is to be able to read in context and not to know the flashcards as an end result. So, if your child isn’t great at flashcards, don’t worry. They may do better with actual reading (and ultimately, that’s what you want).

Join us in our Facebook Group and meet other parents who are teaching their kids Sagebooks Basic Chinese 500 at all different ages and levels.

Have a wonderful day and we’ll see you next week!