Make yourself a set of DIY texture cards and try these counting, sorting and matching games for preschoolers and toddlers.
This free snowflake printable is great for hands-on learning. Try them with these ideas for math games and language and literacy activities.
This DIY Christmas memory game is super simple to make, and you can use it in a variety of ways, for children of different ages. Here’s how:
Halloween Memory Game
This is a good game to play at a Halloween party, espcially if you need a little sitting down time amidst all the monster giddiness!
You need to make a set of Halloween playing cards: two copies of each picture. You can use printed clipart pictures, photos from previous Halloweens or you could draw your own. Include a selction of witches, ghosts, bats, pumpkins, broomsticks, cauldrons, monsters…
Cut out the pictures and glue them onto pieces of card – to keep a Halloween theme you could use orange card and even cut them into pumpkin shapes.
To play: place all the cards face down. In turn, each player turn over two cards. If they match, they keep them. Keep playing until all the pairs are matched up. Whoever has the most pairs is the winner.
This is a great game for developing memory as it challenges you to remember where the matching cards are. It also help children learn to take turns and play fair – and teaches that you can’t always be the winner but you can have fun taking party.
We have lots more Halloween ideas on the way!
When children learn to read and do simple arithmetic they need to be able to use their memory to recall information. A way to help develop this memory skill is with a simple party game, which you can play individually with your child, or with a group of children.
You’ll need: a tray, a tea towel (or similar cover), a selection of objects – say a train, a book, a wooden spoon, a teddy, an apple, a wooden block
(If you’re playing this at a themed party you can select a group of related items, for example for a ‘mermaid’ party you might use a shell, a starfish, a pebble, a fish etc.)
Sit the children down and show them the objects on the tray – say what each item is and have a chat about them. Tell the children you’re going to cover the objects up and then take one away – they’ll have to guess which object is missing.
The children can take it in turns to guess which is missing, or with older children the first person to shout out the answer is the winner. Bear in mind that children develop memory skills at different rates, so take care not to make anyone feel they are wrong or can’t take part. If a child can’t remember you can give some clues (refer back to what you said about the objects at the beginning of the game) or ask the team to help out.
As children get more skilled at remembering you can use a larger number of objects or remove two items at a time.