Valentine’s Day is an exciting time of year for our family, and it is a wonderful holiday for projects involving a lot of visuals; that is what makes it great for this particular project. Today we’re going to talk about making your own memory game, and why it’s a great activity for you and your kids.
I remember when I was young, my mother used to make memory games and other visual activities for my brother. He’s autistic and has a lot of challenges when it comes to memory recall. We would play memory and other games using pictures to help him practice.
Memory is a great game for helping a child develop the ability to grow, well, their memorization skills. It can be fun, silly and easy to customize for events. Here’s the basic rules.
- Create a number of cards with pictures, make certain there are two cards with each image on it.
- Select a number of paired images and mix them up. Lay all the cards out face down.
- Each player takes a turn trying to find a pair of images. If they succeed, they get a second turn. Continue until you use up all the cards.
There are several ways to whip up a fast and easy memory game for your kids. One of my favorites is getting some large stickers and using index cards to make a set of memory cards. Since its February, I was able to pick up some Valentine cards and use them as a set as well.
If you have the computer savviness, you can even whip up a set on your computer as well.
- Gather some pictures and make two copies of them to print. My favorite go-to site for graphics is Pixabay, both of which offer license free graphics you can use for various projects.
- Print off your pictures and glue them onto one side of the index card, or cardstock. Or, if you have the software, you can format everything onto a grid which you can print on cardstock and cut out. (I have Microsoft Publisher which I can use to do this, but there are lots of programs you can use)
- You can laminate the cards to make them more durable if you’d like, or if it’s a game for a one-time event, just use as is.
One of the best things about this project is that I can easily make new versions of the game for other holidays, themes, and events.
Some more advanced versions of the game could involve matching lowercase and capital letters, or a picture to the first letter of its name. These would work well for an older child.
Want some more activities to do with your preschooler?