Your toddler will get excited about the holidays while building brain power with his cute DIY Christmas Memory Game.
My daughter hasn’t stopped talking about Christmas since she saw Christmas lights at Walmart in October. And every day she reminds me that Santa Clause will be here soon. And all I can think is, ‘no joke. Santa’s feeling the pressure.’
Do any other parents feel like Christmas sneaks up on them? One day your like, ‘it’s September, the sun in shining, and we have a ton of time to plan for the holidays,’ and the next it’s like, ‘it’s December 20th and I haven’t even asked my kids what they want for Christmas.’ Is it just me, or does that happen to everyone else, too?
This year we got ahead of the game and have been keeping a list on Amazon for a few months. Just the other night we finally added all the items to our cart and placed the order.I’ve never done the bulk of my Christmas shopping online, but I think I’ll keep doing it this way. There’s no waiting in lines, running from store to store looking for one specific thing, or having to find a babysitter to watch the littles while we shop. And with Amazon Prime, I got free shipping and two-day delivery on almost all of my items. I feel like I’ve been missing out for years.
Now we just have to get all the decorations up, go cut down a tree, and start making my list of all the holiday goodies I want to bake. Fudge, cookies, no-bake mints, and gingerbread houses are all on my mental list so far.
I’ve also been trying to create some festive holiday activities for Sydnee to do. This DIY Christmas Memory Game was a hit with her. At first, she didn’t quite understand that you have to try and remember where each card is, but she got the hang of it pretty quick.
This is super easy to make and I’ll provide you with the Free Printable.
DIY Christmas Memory Game
- THIS FREE PRINTABLE
- Printer paper
- 8″x11″ piece of cardboard or cardstock paper
- Glue (rubber cement, Modge Podge, glue stick)
Print out the printable on regular 8’x11″ paper or cardstock. Make sure to select ‘Actual Size’ when printing.
Next, you’re going to glue the paper with the squares on them onto a piece of cardboard or cardstock. I suggest putting the glue on the cardboard and then laying the paper on top. It keeps the paper from getting too wrinkled.
Cover the piece of cardboard with glue. Make sure to get all the way to edges and corners to avoid areas of the paper not sticking and peeling away from the cardboard.
Next, lay the piece of paper on top of the cardboard and use your hand to smooth out at wrinkles in the paper and to make sure all of the paper is glued down. Allow to set for 10-15 minutes.
Lastly, Use your scissors to cut out each square. If you want you can draw question marks on the back side of each square of cardboard.
Shuffle the squares and lay them, image side down, on a flat surface like a table or floor. Each person takes turns flipping over one square and then a second square, trying to match the images. If you make a match, remove the two squares and set them aside. If you don’t make a match, flip the cards both back over so that they are face down, and allow the next person to take their turn. Continue until all squares are removed from the playing area and have been matched. Whoever has the most matching pairs wins.
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