We have been playing many games of Memory around here recently. It’s a good game to spread out and play quickly while waiting for the pasta to cook and it’s quite entertaining for most ages. For those who are unfamiliar with the game, you need a pack of cards (a deck of 52 playing cards is fine if you don’t have a deck of cards specially designed for memory) which you spread out face down in a grid. Each player takes it in turn to flip two over, with the object of finding two that match. When a match is found, the player takes those cards and puts them aside. When all the cards have been claimed, the player with the most pairs is the winner.
We are using a pack which comes with a Charlie and Lola book but it occurred to me that it would be such an easy thing to make.
Some ideas we have had:
1) Buy a box of blank visiting cards, index cards or a cut out twenty cards from a sheet of cardboard all exactly the same size. Let the kids decorate the cards with pictures of objects – making sure they make a match for each card.
2) Alternatively, take Charlie and Lola’s cue and make a game of “Flip Flop”. Instead of making exact duplicates for the cards (which might get a little tedious especially for smaller kids), think up an associated object and draw that instead. That way if you turn up a tube of toothpaste you need to find the tooth brush, the monkey matches with the banana and so on.
3) If drawing doesn’t appeal, cut images out of magazines and then cut them in half. Stick each half on to a separate card to make pairs.
4) For a more high-tech, money spending option, use Moo MiniCards! We recently had a couple of sets of these cute little cards made up with photos from Flickr and we love them. You need to order 100 cards so upload 50 images which they will print twice so that you have matching pairs and you instantly have an enormous game of memory. This way your game will be made up of photos of the kids, pets and holiday snaps. To make the game of Memory more manageable and more memorable, I would suggest splitting up the stack of cards into smaller amounts (maybe sets of 10 or 25 pairs) and perhaps you could give the other sets away as gifts. These cards would also be a great way to make a game of Snap.
5) The last idea we have it to use photographs. Get a roll of film printed out with duplicates and you have an instant game of Memory. If you have a polaroid camera sitting around this would be a great way to create a memory game quickly.