Hi ya’ll! This DIY ABC Memory Match Game is an excellent creative learning technique to add to your child’s daily routine! It’s easy to make and easy to play! My kiddos love playing Memory Match Game, my twins are really good at it. (They beat me every time.) And my youngest has caught on fairly quick as well.
One thing I have realized as a mom is that kids are like sponges. They soak up everything and retain it quite well. I tend to under estimate the power of a young brain. Then I’m amazed when my 3 year old starts counting to 20 (even though he misses 13 and 14). So, start teaching them young! By adding creative learning to their playtime not only strengthens them physically, but also mentally!
For more creative learning tips read: Preparing Your Child For Kindergarten.
And for more creative learning DIYs read: DIY Clothespin Counting Flower and DIY Fishing Game.
What you need:
- FREE TEMPLATE.
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- Colored Card Stock.
- Crayon. (optional.)
- Printer. (optional.)
- Scissors or Paper Trimmer.
How to make an abc memory match game- with template
Making an ABC Memory Match Game is super easy. And with my Free Template it’s even easier. So, if you haven’t signed up yet go ahead and scroll to the bottom of the page, sign up, and I’ll send you a copy!
Once you have the template printed you can get started!
**If you don’t have a printer- no worries! Scroll down for further instructions!
There are 9 pages in my template, so you will need to choose 9 pieces of colored card stock. I chose darker colors, versus pastel or neon, so the ink letters wouldn’t be seen on the backside. I also went with a few random colors to make it more playful. Kids tend to be attracted to brightly colored objects, which will also coax them to want to play.
Once you have the colors chosen simply put them in your printer and print the template!
Now that the template pages are printed you will need to cut out the letters. You can either do this with scissors or a paper trimmer. I prefer the paper trimmer, it keeps the cuts even and it is quicker. However, if you have a child that needs to work on their scissor skills, cutting all of these letters out would be great practice!
Now it’s time to play! Simply shuffle the cards, lay them face down on the floor or a table, and have your kids take turns flipping two cards over at a time. The goal is to match the uppercase letter to its lowercase.
How to make an abc memory match game- without a template
You can still easily make an ABC Memory Match Game without a template. Here’s how…
You will need to choose 9 colors for your cards. They can be all the same or mixed up. I went with different colors just to make it look more playful and fun. I also went with a darker color, versus pastel or neon, to keep them from being “see through”.
Now, you will need to fold each piece of paper.
First, bring the bottom of the paper upwards, folding at the halfway point.
Secondly, bring the top of the paper down and fold over the bottom half. Which leaves you with a rectangle.
Lastly, fold the rectangle in half (right to left).
In this step you will need open up the paper. Then, write an uppercase letter in one square and its lowercase counterpart in another square. Repeat this step on each paper until you have wrote down the entire alphabet.
Once that is complete, cut out each section (6 squares total per page). You can either use scissors or a paper trimmer. I personally prefer a trimmer because it keeps the lines even and goes much faster. However, this is also a good way for your kiddos to improve their scissor skills.
The last step is to go have fun! Lay all of the cards face down and have your kiddos take turns flipping over two at a time. The goal of the ABC Memory Match Game is to match the uppercase letter with the correct lowercase letter.
I hope y’all enjoyed this craft/ creative learning game!