What to do:
Play a matching game, build a puzzle, or do both! Vibrant illustrations encourage colour and recognition and building a giant puzzle adds to the fun. With three different levels of play Match up games are perfect for all ages
Face Up Match Up
For the youngest players, mix the cards and place them face up
on a table or smooth surface. Say a number and let the child or
children find the pair and pick them up. For example, "Can you
find the 7s?” For more fun, match the kittens and puppies.
With two or more children, have the children take turns, work
together, or compete to find all the pairs.
Memory Match Up
For a more challenging game, mix the cards and place them
face down on a table or smooth surface. Try to make a match
by turning over two cards of the same picture. If you do not
make a match, turn the cards face down in the same place in
the game. It is now the next person’s turn. If you make a
match, your play continues and you can try to find another
pair. Take turns until all of the cards have been matched.
Parents, use these games as teaching tools. As the cards are picked
up, have the child repeat the number and count the hearts. You can
also ask the child to think of other things that have the same
number. For instance, "How many legs does a kitten or puppy have?”