Animal Memory

Activity:  6 pairs of animals are glued to the back of black squares to play the Memory game.  How to play Memory:  Flip all squares so the animals are hidden.  flip one square over and recognize what animal you see.  Now flip over a second square, trying to match the first.  If you have a match, congrats, you can leave your squares turned.  If it is not a match, flip both squares back over and try again.

Skills:  Memory, animal recognition.

Materials:

  • Felt:
    • 1 pink (or whatever color you want for the backing) sheet
    • 1 black (or whatever color you want for the squares) sheet
  • 6 pairs of fabric animals (purchased at Michaels, you could also make your own or use stickers, buttons, etc)
  • 1/8th inch ribbon
  • Felt glue

Directions:

  1. Cut 24 squares out of your black sheet of felt.  Mine were roughly 2 inches by 2 inches.  Make sure your squares are larger than your largest animal.
  2. Glue each animal to the center of one square.
  3. Lay your animal squares out and play with the order so they are nice and mixed up.  Mine creates four rows of three, however yours may be different based on the size of your squares.
  4. Cut four strips of your ribbon a few inches longer than the height of your page.
  5. Turn your animal squares upside down in the exact place you want them to be.  Place a line of felt glue down the center of the back of your first row of squares.  Place one of the ribbons down the center of the squares making sure there is extra ribbon on both sides.  Then place more felt glue around the edges of the back of each square.  Place a second black square on top of each of the squares with glue.  Press firmly together and let dry. (I found it was easy for the squares to slide up and down on the ribbon while it is wet so make sure you are careful with the spacing until completely dry.)
  6. Repeat step 5 with the rest of your rows of squares.
  7. Once squares are dry, place a dollop of glue on the ends of each piece of ribbon and fold over to the back of the pink sheet and press in place.  Make sure you pull the ribbon taught and hold it for a few seconds so it can start to get tacky.  (This will hold your strips in place, but also sewing the pages together will add an extra layer of strength.)
  8. Done!

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