Matching Memory Cats
Good ideas are all around us. In this case, I was at a shop called Flying Tiger when I found this game. It’s a simple game of memory with some funny cats. The idea is to match heads and tails. Place the cards face down and then flip them over. If you have a match you get a point and go again. If not, it’s the next person’s turn.
The cards are printed on thick cardboard that make them durable enough for little ones. Plus the colors are super bright making them attractive.
My three year old loves them but he likes to joke around when he’s playing. He flips over a head and says, “Where’s my butt?” So instead of matching he says he wants to play the “Where’s my butt” game.
Do it yourself
Of course, me being me, I wanted to take the game to the next level. So, I made a simple animal figure. It kind of looks like a cat. You can make any figure you want really. Next, I printed out the card a bunch of times. Then, over the weekend l took a day and painted and drew a lot of the cats with my son. He liked to color them and draw crazy faces and tails. Once ready, we cut the cards in half and had our own version of the game. It’s a fun and easy way to be a little creative. Plus the whole time we were sitting around we were chatting and laughing and having fun.
It’s just an idea, but you and your students could do the same thing. You could describe colors and tails. Or you could make all kinds of goofy animals or monsters and have a good chat along the way. In the end, as long as you have a good time and the kids are talking, you’ll have a great time.