Memory matching flash games help kids improve their short-term memory and speed recognition skills. After making our shamrock foam dough sensory tray, I wanted to reuse our play materials. What to do with those left over St. Patrick’s Day play coins, hmm? Let’s create a fun and easy memory matching game for kids.
- Play coins
- Foam Numbers
Simply add your numbers 0-9 to play coins and you’re ready to play. You can modify the level of difficulty by increasing or decreasing the number of coins to remember and match.
To play, line up your coins in rows, placing the numbers facing up in random order. Depending on your child’s age and ability, use more or less coins. To increase the memory game challenge, add blank coins.
Allow your child to memorize the coins, then flip them over. Now the challenge begins! Flip and match the coins based on memory, until you have a match.
Little C flipped them, then flipped them back if they didn’t match. But, you could leave them facing up too and work on number recognition. We adjusted the amount of visible coins to three rows, then worked-up to six rows.
He even loved stacking them in numerical order. This easy number games for kids can be changed to letters, colors, or sight words.
Other ways to play with the numbered coins:
- Number recognition, sequencing, and skip counting.
- Basic addition and subtraction with loose parts.
- Coin scavenger hunt collecting items to match numbers.
C loves learning math and playing with loose parts, especially these mini wooden blocks. He immediately grabbed his loose parts bin and started working on addition. He alternated clear gems, rocks, and mini blocks with the gold numbered coins. Such an easy St. Patrick’s day game for kids, right?!
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20 thoughts on “Easy Memory Matching Game for Kids”
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I love the idea of combining foam numbers with gold coins to create a game!
thank you MaryAnne. 🙂
This is a fantastic and inexpensive idea for a matching game!
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Thanks so much Jill!
i am loving this idea of the memory match game i will have to have ago with Joshua x
Thanks again Jaime. We had a lot of fun. 🙂
What a great way to encourage memory and number recognition