This week we played a game of Memory as part of our Chicks and Ducks and Bunnies (oh my!) Story Time.
When our Story Time friends arrive they were asked to write their name on a circle of paper which we attached to our spinner. This was what we used to decide who got to go next.
On each turn the child playing got to pick two ducks by number. I turned the requested ducks around to reveal a shape on the back of each duck. If the shapes on the backs of the ducks matched the ducks were removed from the board. If the shapes on the backs of the ducks did not match they were turned back around. On each turn we discussed if the shapes/colors matched and if there wasn’t a match, I repeated the shapes and colors we had revealed (for example, “OK, try to remember that number one is a green triangle and number twelve is a white moon.” Then the player ended his/her turn by getting to spin the spinner (SO FUN) to pick the next player. (I removed the names as the kids got a turn so everyone had an equal chance and when all the matches had been found I reset the board for another round.)
Our ducks, game board and spinner with names attached on the colored circles (we used pencil so it is hard to see the names in the photo!):
The game board and the front of the ducks:
Picking #1 and #5 revealed a match (green triangles):
Picking #2 (pink circle) and #12 (white moon) did not reveal a match:
The backside of the ducks:
This was a very fun game! The spinner is always a hit with the kids and they love the chance to use it. Some of the kids had clearly played Memory before and for others this was probably their first time. The kids eagerly helped each other out and were great about taking turns. Having them request the ducks by number or by pointing helped me to control the game and keep the kids from touching the flannel board or grabbing pieces during the game.
Ducks were traced from a free clip art image on clker.com and made of felt. The game board is a large piece of stiff felt with velcro backing to help it stay stuck to my flannel board. Game board lines and numbers were drawn in marker and puffy paint. The game board is reusable for other memory games, counting and matching games. The ducks can also be used for other duck-themed songs and rhymes.
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