Another quick and easy indoor activity, this photo memory game is sure to be a hit. Assuming you can find pictures on your computer, you’ll be able to make your own memory game with the pictures on your hard drive. If you want to involve your child in the image selection process, by all means! Or, you could pick and print the photos ahead of time, to make life easier on you. That’s what I did this time, since Toby frequently tries to hijack my keyboard or mouse if I sit down with him to do something at the computer.
So, all you need to do is find some photos. What kind of photos? Here are some ideas:
- phone snapshots – these will be good enough, quality-wise, for the size we’ll be printing. Copy them from your phone when tethered, email them to yourself, or transfer them by some other method.
- family snapshots – go through your old photo archives and scan or photocopy those old snapshots. Hey, you could even take a picture of it with your phone. (let me include my obligatory “don’t infringe anyone’s copyright” message here).
- your child’s artwork – I’ve been taking photos of Toby’s artwork when it comes in the door, so I have a lot of it on my computer already. I think it’d be fun to do a “match the artwork” game.
- public domain images – you can find a plethora of public domain images online. Many are old photographs, so this would be fun for kids to talk and learn while playing.
- words – for kids who are learning sight words, you could have them pair words. Or use their weekly spelling words in the game… the possibilities are endless. I know there are some sites that have free photos with words in them.
For this particular game, I chose nine pictures from my cell phone’s repository. Using the “print” feature on my PC, I printed out the pictures, in wallet size — twice.
This dialog can be accessed by right-clicking on the selected images you want to print; select “Print” from the drop down menu (circled in screenshot below).
Here you can see the print dialog — this machine is running Windows 7. I’m sure it looks different in the current edition, but al least the screenshot will give you an idea of how easy it was for me to set this up.
Notice the screenshot says “copies of each picture: 1” — I printed the sheet of 9 images out twice, giving us eighteen cards total for the memory game. I figured that was enough for now.
Now, you can just print on plain paper, or, if you want to get fancy, you can do one of two things:
- Laminate it! Print your pictures out, adhere wrapping or scrapbook paper to the back side, and then cut out and laminate each photo card. You can get a nice thermal laminator #afflink online.
- Print double-sided on Cardstock! On one side of the cardstock paper, print a pattern or design for the back side off the cards. On the other, print the wallet-sized photos. Then cut out and get playing. Here’s a link to some cardstock paper #afflink you can buy online.
We ended up playing memory as our “calm-down” activity before bed. Toby was really excited to see the pictures, and specifically wanted to find the one of him at the baseball game (where Torii Hunter, then on the Detroit Tigers, threw him a ball).
So anyways, Toby loved the homemade memory game because it had photos of him and his family. He talked about the pictures while we played, which was fun for me. I can see this being a fun “looking back” game to play at family gatherings, reunions, or even low-key anniversaries. Not just for kids!
I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story. Click on any image below to enter gallery view mode.
This post is part of an Indoor Activity Blog Hop — Indoor Activities.
Make sure to visit the other blogs below for some fun indoor activities that you can do when the weather’s not conducive to playing outside!
- What Do We Do All Day? teaches how to play dots and boxes.
- Adventure in a Box shares board games that nurture creativity.
- Sight and Sound Reading created a fun sight word/alphabet football game.
- The Pleasantest Thing designed a football “I spy” game.
- The Gingerbread House suggests playing noughts and crosses with toys (tic-tac-toe).
- Study at Home Mama shares 7 indoor bean bag games