Easy Memory Matching Game for Kids

Easy Memory Matching Game For Kids by Crayon Box Chronicles

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

Foam number coins for matching game

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.

Coin Memory Matching Game for KidsTo 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.

play coins with matching number inside child's hand

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.

Kids memory match game with St Patty's Day coins

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.

Easy memory game for kids with play coins and numbers

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:

  1. Number recognition, sequencing, and skip counting.
  2. Basic addition and subtraction with loose parts.
  3. Coin scavenger hunt collecting items to match numbers.

Using play coins and loose parts to teach math

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

  1. Jill says:

    This is a fantastic and inexpensive idea for a matching game!
    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!


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