5 – 7

Memory card game


Memory card game

What to do with this activity?

This game is a great family card game. You can play it with a regular pack of cards, or with picture cards that your child might like.

Younger players are often able to compete with older players because they can be very good at memory-based games.

  1. The objective is to collect the most pairs of cards.
  2. Shuffle the cards and lay them on the table, face down, in rows.
  3. The youngest player goes first. Play then continues in a clockwise direction.
  4. On each turn, a player turns over any two cards (one at a time) and keeps them if the cards match (for instance, two kings)
  5. If they successfully match a pair they get to keep the cards, and that player gets another turn.
  6. When a player turns over two cards that do not match, those cards are turned face down again (in the same position) and it becomes the next player’s turn.
  7. The trick is to remember which cards are where.
  8. The person with the most pairs at the end of the game wins.



  • Why am I doing this?

    One of the ways children learn is through play. A child who is playing is refining learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond. Indoor and outdoor games are a great way of practising some of the reading, writing and number skills your child has learned.

  • How can I do more?

    Encourage your child to teach you a game – letting them teach you something is empowering for your child.

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