Hello all! I am excited to be writing the first Hand Made Mom post for you all! Every Monday there will be something new here at Boulder Moms Connect for those of us who love to do-it-yourself. We will have lots of recipes, tutorials, and fun ideas for things you can make for you and your little ones. I am Julie, one half of a Hand Made Mom, mother to 2.5 year-old little miss V. My partner in crime is Hannah, who has two little girls, ages 3 and 5. Together, we will take turns sharing our handmade experiences with you. Thanks for checking us out, hope you enjoy! Okay, let’s get to this week’s project.
Today, we are going to make a matching/memory game that you can play with kids of all ages. Little miss V and I have been learning a lot about numbers and counting lately, so I thought it would be fun to make a numbers game for her. Matching and memory games are great tools to enhance a child’s mental and social development. Hopefully through playing this game, little miss V will learn about taking turns while reinforcing what she already knows about numbers and improving her memory skills.
This is a very simple project you can easily do during nap time, or if you have older children, have them help you make it. It was also very inexpensive. The whole project costs less than $4. So, enough talk, let’s get into it.
Here is what you need to make a game like mine. I’m guessing you probably have most of these items in your house right now.
- 2 types of cardstock in coordinating colors (I used a couple of sheets of 4×6 cards and a 12×12 sheet of thick, glittery scrapbook paper)
- Glue (I used Elmer’s Washable School Glue Stick)
- Scissors (I used a regular pair and a pair of pinking shears for the glittery paper)
- Stickers (optional – you can also free-hand draw your game pieces)
- Mod Podge (optional) (CAUTION – do Not use Mod Podge if your little one is prone to sticking things in his or her mouth!)
Make your own Matching/Memory Game
1. Cut your cardstock – you will need 20 squares of each color.
- Cut 1 color to 2.25×2.25 inch squares.
- Cut the other color to 2×2 inch squares with the pinking shears or other decorative scissors.
2. Glue your cardstock squares together. You may want to let them dry under a heavy book for a few minutes to make sure that they dry flat.
3. Attach your stickers in the center of each square.
4. Slather a nice, thick layer of Mod Podge over the each square. This helps keep the stickers on and the squares together after your child plays with them over and over. It also adds some thickness to the game pieces. Remember, if your little one is still sticking things in his or her mouth, be sure to skip this step!
5. Start Playing! It’s just that easy
How to Play the Game
For younger kids, just lay the game pieces all face up and have them match the ones that are alike. For older kids, turn the pieces over, have them pick up two at a time until they find matching pieces, replace the ones that don’t match face down for the next person to try. Remove those matching pieces and do it again with the ones that are remaining.
The variations of this game are as endless as your imagination. You can use any kind of sticker or if you have older kids, get them to draw pictures on the game pieces. Here are just a few other ideas for you to try:
- Colors – a great way to learn the colors of the rainbow,
- Letters – match upper case letters with lower case letters,
- Patterns and/or Shapes – make squares, triangles, circles, stars, hearts, etc.,
- Animals – match baby animals with their grown-ups, and
- Sewn patterns – for those of you who love to sew, this is a great way to use up your scraps! Check out this beautiful version of a memory game done by those crafty folks at the Purl Bee.
Give this fun little project a shot and let us know what you come up with. If you make a matching/memory game, share with us in the comments below what you did and how it turned out. Happy crafting and be sure to check back in next week for another fun idea!
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