Art and craft activities

Week 8 Card Games

There are lots of fun games you can play with cards, but a memory game gives you the chance to be more creative and make a game that’s really personal.

To make your own memory game you just need to cut out an even number of pieces of card the same size – just bigger than a playing card is fine.  Make sure the back is the same – keep it plain – on all of them so there’s no way of telling the difference when they are face down.

On the other side of the card, you can stick a photo or draw a picture.  Try 10 cards for starters, so you need to make 5 pairs of cards.  If you are using photos you’ll need to print two of each.  If you are doing a drawing, you’ll need to do two the same – it doesn’t matter if your drawings aren’t identical, if they are of the same thing and as close as possible!  You can just draw round different shapes for something simple. We’ve tried making a Space themed game, inspired by our Man on the Moon exhibition which so many of you enjoyed.

To play the game, place all cards face down on a table.  Each player takes it in turn to turn over two cards.  If the cards match then you take the pair, if they don’t you turn them face down again.  The trick is to try and remember where the cards are so when you turn one over you can remember where its pair is if you’ve already seen it!  The winner is the one with most cards at the end.

Make the game harder by adding more cards, or trying different themes for your images like flowers, or your favourite animals.

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