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DIY on a Dime: Memory Game for Kids
Posted By Janel On December 12, 2012 @ 12:00 pm In Budget Living,Christmas,DIY,Gift Ideas,Great Gifts | 2 Comments
Learn how to make a personalized Memory Game for kids with some inexpensive materials from Life as MOM Contributor Janel .
Memory. Oh, how I loved that game! It was by far one of my favorite games to play as a young child. It’s a great game to teach children how to take turns and identify things that match.
Today’s tutorial includes a FREE printable  to make alphabet matching cards. It’s a great way for kids to learn and practice the alphabet. This printable offers FOUR options:
Of course, you don’t have to use this printable. You can make your very own variation. Personalize the game with your child’s favorite things or family photographs.
For a more advanced game for a child who is learning a second language, make cards that say a word in a foreign language with the English translation as its match. Use your imagination, and make a game that will interest your child!
Because this game contains many pieces, you’ll want to plan a way to store it. You can keep it simple and store it in a ziptop bag. Or, you can create your own storage container.
I stored my game in a felt purse, based on a tutorial from DIY Your Way , that holds this set of Alphabet cards perfectly.
The version shown here is the lined version of the purse. However, the simple unlined version would work even better since it is slightly larger and easier to make. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can easily stitch the unlined version by hand OR use hot glue instead of stitching. Easy peasy.
How to Play the Game: Allow youngest child to go first. Mix up the cards and place them face-down on your playing surface. Each player takes turns flipping over two cards and trying to find a match. If he finds a match, he keeps his pair, and takes another turn. Once all of the matches are made, the player with the greatest number of matches wins.
Game Modification for Very Young Kids: If your child is very young, you can play a modified version of the game. Place the cards face-up and have the child find matches. You can also ask the child to find a specific card and its match.
–Janel is a stay-at-home mom of two daughters and a “law school wife” in Virginia. Raised in a budget-conscious and DIY-minded family, she blogs about motherhood, crafts, and living on a law school budget at Life with Lucie and Ella .
This is part of the DIY on a Dime: Great Gifts series. For more easy and frugal gift ideas, check out the list. 
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 tutorial from DIY Your Way: http://diy.yourway.net/keep-essentials-at-hand-with-a-diy-fast-felt-purse/
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