Memory games are a ton of fun for kids.  But did you know they also help grow strong minds?

Playing memory games help:

  • improve concentration
  • in recognizing similarities and differences
  • increase short term memory and attention to detail

I know my daughter cannot get enough of playing matching games and she especially thinks llamas are the cutest things ever. I can’t argue with that.

 

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There are two ways to use this free printable matching game.

As a Matching Game

  1. Print two copies on cardstock.  Cardstock makes them sturdier for tiny hands. This is my favorite cardstock.
  2. Laminate. This is optional, but I highly recommend if you will be using them over and over or in a classroom.  I bought a home laminator that is perfect for small jobs.  You can also go to a teacher supply store like Lakeshore Learning and laminate your free memory games at a super reasonable cost.
  3. Cut the cards out.  If your kiddo is old enough this might be the perfect time to work on their scissor skills.  There will probably be a few oops, so if that is going to bother you then I would cut them yourself.
  4. Lay all cards face up so your child can see them.  As you look at each card notice things about the card.  Talk about the colors, the shapes, and what the different llamas look like.
  5. Start matching.  Be a matching cheerleader every time your child finds a match. If they choose two cards that don’t match talk about why.  This will help build critical thinking skills and vocabulary.

As a Memory Game

  1. Print two copies on cardstock.  Cardstock makes them sturdier for tiny hands. This is my favorite cardstock. Cardstock will also help disguise the design when turned facedown.
  2. Laminate. This is optional, but I highly recommend if you will be using them over and over or in a classroom.  I bought a home laminator that is perfect for small jobs.  You can also go to a teacher supply store like Lakeshore Learning and laminate your free memory games at a super reasonable cost.
  3. Cut the cards out.  If your kiddo is old enough this might be the perfect time to work on their scissor skills.  There will probably be a few oops, so if that is going to bother you then I would cut them yourself.
  4. Lay all cards facedown in equal columns and rows so your child can’t see them.  Practice choosing two cards looking for a match. This is also a great time to practicing waiting your turn.
  5. Begin playing.  The player with the most matches wins or just play for fun!

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Download your free llama matching games here.