Craft A Memory Card Game

Craft A Memory Card Game

Looking for an entertaining game to play with your kids over the holidays? Try a memory game. It's a simple card game that enhances memory and teaches social skills. It can be modified for all ages, and there’s no limit to the theme variations. Parents can join in the fun, too. The best part is kids can craft their own cards. Here’s how to make your own memory card game: First decide on a theme or have the kids choose.


Theme ideas:

  • Numbers
  • Animals
  • Sweets
  • Holiday (for example, objects relating to Christmas: trees, presents, candy canes)
  • Cartoon characters
  • Sports
  • Vegetables
  • Countries
  • Alphabet
  • Words
  • Your child’s favorite things

Supplies:

  • Index cards, 3” x 5”
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Colored pencils, paints
  • Magazines, newspapers

Instructions:

  • Once the theme has been determined, kids can draw the images, if they’re artistically inclined, or cut them out of magazines or newspapers. Making a memory game can be a craft project, too!
  • Make two of the same image for a matching pair. For example, if working with a fruit theme, create two pairs of cherries, apples, oranges, bananas and so on.
  • Glue the images to the index cards.
    The number of cards to make depends on the age of the kids that will be playing. Younger kids should play with a smaller number of cards: about 8 to 20. Less cards means less they have to remember. Older kids can play with more. No matter how old the kids are, if they’re skilled at finding the matching pairs, keep adding more cards to challenge them.
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How to Play:

  • Mix the cards and place face down on a table or floor in a grid pattern. The youngest kid takes the first turn.
  • The player turns over two cards. If they match, the player keeps the cards and is awarded another turn. If they don’t match, the cards are turned back over. The next player takes a turn.
  • This continues until all the matches have been made and there are no cards left. The player with the most pairs wins the game.
  • It's important to remind kids to pay attention to what cards are being turned over when it’s not their turn. They have to remember where the pairs are located. This is why it’s a memory game!

Variations:
Try these ideas to make the game more interesting and challenging:

  • Random order: Scatter cards on the floor in a random pattern. It’ll be harder to remember where the pairs are when not orderly placed.
  • Cards go back anywhere: Instead of returning turned over cards to the same position, they can be placed anywhere. Similar to “random order” players have to work harder to remember where the pairs are when not oriented by location.
  • Everyone gets a turn: Each player takes a turn even if they’ve found a matching pair. This gives everyone a chance to play and keeps more skilled players from dominating the game.
  • Combine theme sets: Have players draw relationships between two turned-over cards. For example, if a player chooses a card of a dog and another of a pizza, the player can say “dogs eat pizza.” This challenges their memory and creative language skills. A parent acts as the judge to determine if the relationship works.

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