Funtastic Play Ideas: Memory Game

Funtastic Play Ideas: Memory Game

Memory game activities, In each article of this series, five different ways of playing with a toy will be discussed. Let’s begin to explore the games and enjoy ourselves!

This article explores play with: A memory game

A classic memory game contains pairs of cards in a box. The cards are mixed and laid in front of the players face down in rows. Each player gets to pick up two cards at a time and replaced to their place if they do not match. The objective is to find the most number of pairs. By remembering where the cards are, this can be achieved. Players take turns to play the game.

These cards can be used for several other games to build skills. Here are five fun games:


Slide21. Match the cards.

To play this game, a whiteboard or a sheet of paper along with pens and the cards from the memory game will be required. Choose 5 to 6 pairs of cards from the memory game and lay them on the paper/whiteboard as seen in the image alongside.

Allow the child to use the pen to draw the line to the matching shapes. It is a great way to work on the skill of matching, fine motor skills and listening and following instructions. Memory game activities


2. What’s the sequence?

Slide1This is a game where the child needs to match the sequence of cards with those of his / her own. Using one set of the cards, make a simple sequence and lay it in front of the child. Give the child the second set of cards and allow him/ her to match the sequence using his set. This demands attention, concentration along with cognitive concepts.




3. Know your categories.

Slide3This game works best if the cards have pictures that belong to different categories with at least 2 to 3 different sets in each category. Such as few cards of vehicles, others of animals etc. Create buckets that are labeled with different categories. It helps to make them of different colors also. For children who can not read, use pictures along with the written words.

Allow the child to sort the pictures in the buckets based on their categories. Build the receptive, cognitive skills through this task.


4. Spell the word

Slide4This activity can use the memory game cards along with a whiteboard or magnetic letters. Based on the child’s level of reading/writing skill, the cards can be chosen from the memory game. A card is shown, and the child must spell it out with the whiteboard or the letters.

This is great to build reading, writing along with the child’s attention. If the child is not yet reading or writing – the adult can use it for getting a child familiar with written letters and words.


5. Make a story

Choose cards that can allow you or the child to string a story together. Lay the cards out for the child or adult to string into a sentence or a story. At first, the adult can lay out the cards and later the child can lay them out to create their own story or sentence. An example can be as follows, if the child is presented the cards of -car, house = sentence can be formed as such -‘We drove the car home’. Another example can be, when the cards of bear, child, sun, home are given= the following short story can be created ‘One sunny day there was a child. He was walking in the mountains. He saw a bear and was scared. Then he ran home.’



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