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141+ Categories for Concentration {Free Printables!}

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Do you wish you had easier access to a fun categories game to play this year? Well, look no further because I’ve created a concentration game free printable broken up into 4 different grade levels to make your therapy planning a breeze. Plus I’ve gathered over 141 categories for concentration so you can be your very own game maker.

In keeping with my preferred method of using real photos, I hope you enjoy the new look of these 4 free printables. 


List of Categories – Concentration Categories

Ready to start practicing or simply in need of a category list of items to get started? The following categories are broken up by Beginner Level, Early Elementary Level, Late Elementary, and Middle/High School Level.

Fun Fact: Feel free to use these category lists to play a game of scattegories.

Beginner Level – Categories for Concentration Game

This list of different categories is a great list of target words for Kindergarten and 1st grade. 

AnimalsBirdsBody PartsColored Items (Blue)
Colored Items (Green)Colored Items (Red)Colored Items (Yellow)Days of the Week
DessertsFarm AnimalsFoodsFruits
Letter of the AlphabetNumbersRelativesShapes
SoundsThings with ButtonsThings you Turn on/offToys
VegetablesWild AnimalsWordsZoo Animals

Early Elementary Level – Concentration Game Categories

This is a perfect list of groups of items to practice categories for 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade. 

Classroom ObjectsClothingColorsColored Items (Orange)
CondimentsOcean AnimalsDrinksElectronic Goods
EmotionsFirst NamesJobsKitchen Utensils
MeatsMonthsMusical InstrumentsNames for a Dog
NicknamesPetsPlaces to EatPlanets
ReptilesSchool SubjectsSports / GamesTelevision
Things at the BeachThings with PocketsThings with WheelsTools
Types of TransportationTypes of BreakfastWays to ExerciseWeather
School SuppliesJungle AnimalsRooms of the HouseIce Cream

SEE ALSO: 133+ Categories List for Speech Therapy

Late Elementary Level – Concentration Game Topics

Here is a list of items to practice categories for 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade. 

Bathroom ItemsBedroom ItemsBuildingsCars
Comic Book HerosDairy FoodsFamous AthletesFast Food
Furniture HabitatsHolidays & CelebrationsHotels
Junk FoodLanguagesLiquidsMammals
PresidentsShopsUnited States in USTextures
Things Found Under the BedThings Made of FabricThings Made of GlassThings Made of Metal
Things Made of WoodThings that Are AliveThings that FlyThings that Float
Things that GrowThings that Use BatteriesThings that Use ElectricityThings you Hang on a Wall
Things you Plug inVerbsWays to CookGrocery Store Items
Good Luck Items

Middle School and High School Levels – Topics for Concentration Game

This list of categories is perfect for your older students working on higher difficulty levels in 6th grade, 7th grade, 8th grade, 9th grade, 10th grade, 11th grade, or 12th grade. 

AdjectivesAdverbsBoard GamesCareers
CitiesClothing StoresCollege MajorsCountries
CuisineFamous MusiciansFamous PeopleFemale Names
Fictional CharactersGardeningGassesGenres of Movies
HobbiesInternal OrgansLanguagesMales Names
Music TypesNationalitiesPersonalitiesRecipes
RestaurantsSong TitlesStatesTechnology
Terms of EndearmentThings Found on a MapThings Found in a MallThings that Sink
Book PartsMeasure UnitsParts of SpeechMythical Creatures
Ancient CivilizationsFamous LandmarksGovernment TypesMountain Ranges
Tall Tales StoriesYoga Poses

SEE ALSO: 430+ Free Multisyllabic Words List Activity Bundle


Concentration Categories Game

This game is played just like the game concentration. 

  1. Start by placing the pictures facedown on the table. 
  2. Then have your students take turns trying to match an item to its category. (If they flip over the matching item and its category they get to keep the pair of cards. If they don’t make a match they turn the cards back over and let the next person have a turn.)
  3. Then it’s the next students turn to try to make a match.
  4. The student with the most matches at the end of the game wins!

*Grab your free sets + answer sheet at the end of this post.

More Category Games

If your looking for even more category games be sure to keep reading to learn how to play concentration 64 below (youtube video included).

You’ll also want to check out our category games for speech therapy as well as our 35+ activities to teach categories for speech therapy.

SEE ALSO: 179+ Free Speech Therapy Wh Questions Printable


Categories for Concentration 64

If you’re looking for even more fun times you can use the above categories for concentration 64 topics. 

If you’ve never played 64 concentration topics game before it’s a fun singing and clapping game that works on naming items within a category. 

One person selects the category heading for example “words with the first letter p” and then from there you go back and forth naming items within that head category, such as “panda, pen, paper, etc.”

My favorite features of this game are how much fun the students have and how they giggle when someone gets stumped!

Concentration Topics Game 64 Lyrics

Concentration (clap, clap, clap)

Sixty-four (clap, clap, clap)

No repeats (clap, clap, clap)

Or hesitations (clap, clap, clap)

I’ll go first (clap, clap, clap)

You’ll go last (clap, clap, clap)

Category is: (clap, clap, clap)

<Choose a category, i.e. “Animals”> (clap, clap, clap)

<Player 1’s word, i.e. “Dog” > (clap, clap, clap)

<Player 2’s word, i.e. “Crocodile”> (clap, clap, clap)

And so on…

Here is a short beautiful illustration of a mom and her daughter modeling exactly how to play Concentration 64!

In Conclusion: Categories for Concentration

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