A handmade game full of gorgeous colors that stimulates the little one’s mind and keeps him interested and wanting more? We say YES! You guessed, we created a memory cards game for kids using just a handful of tools – and the results were better than we expected. If you love a DIY game that doesn’t take ages to create, then this one’s the right one for you.

Here’s a quick step by step guide with fool-proof results:

The Tools :

 

Step 1: Trace 4 different designs twice.

We had a few cardstock cards in the studio that were already the perfect size and shape for our project.

If you’re starting out with a larger paper, cut eight 3’’/5’’ (8/12cm) rectangles, then pick 4 different designs and trace them each on two cards.

         

 

 

 

Step 2: Draw details on your designs.

We chose a spring-like theme for our memory game, which included different flower designs and a pretty butterfly, all adorned with polka dots, stripes and tiny little details for extra dimension.

Make sure your matching designs are decorated exactly the same way.

 

 

 

Step 3: Color the designs using sharpies.

Color the matching designs identically in bright colors and make sure the different designs don’t look too similar to each other, style or color-wise.

 

 

 

Step 4: Play the game ! 

Shuffle the cards, then lay them on the table, face down, in two rows. Flip two cards each round and try to remember their position, then flip them back face down and try to match the pairs in the next round.

 

 

 

Final Result :

Extra Tip:

4 pairs of cards is just the right amount for toddlers aged 1-3. For older children, make the game more challenging by adding extra pairs into the mix. There are lots of possibilities when it comes to the designs on each card – we definitely had a hard time choosing just a few!

You can go for a specific theme, such as animals, space or cars or you can mix and match (literally so!) different shapes and styles… and no matter what you do, you can count on offering the kids a great amount of fun.