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Memory Games

Memory Games

What You’ll Need:

  • Nature Items (Leaves, Stones, Twigs, Acorns, Feathers etc)
  • Tray
  • Opaque Cups

Getting into the Activity

Put your memory skills to the test with a couple of nature based memory games.

For this game you’ll need to have a mixture of nature items. These should be reasonably small (i.e can fit under a cup). Stones, leaves, seeds, berries, small flowers, acorns, pine cones etc would be ideal. These could be collected beforehand, or children could be challenged with finding the items before playing the game(s). Play one or both of the games below.

Memory Cups: Put the items on the floor or a table, for this game you will need two of each item (e.g. two stones, two leaves, two pine cones etc). Place an opaque cup on top of each item and then give them a shuffle around (so children don’t know which items are where). Now individually or in small teams, children should take turns in removing two cups trying to find a matching pair of objects. If a matching pair is found, those items belong to that child / team. If the items don’t match, place the cups back on top and continue playing. The child / team with the most objects at the end of the game is the winners.

Memory Tray: Place a mixture of nature items on a tray. Let the children study the tray for a minute and then remove it. Whilst the children aren’t looking, secretly take away an object, shuffle the items and show the group the tray again. Who can spot the missing item? The quickest person is the winner. Keep playing. To make the game more difficult use more items or remove more than one object each time.

Keeping Everyone Safe 

  • Activity MUST be supervised by a leader or parent/carer at ALL times.
  • A leader or parent/carer MUST assess risk before taking part.
  • A leader or parent/carer MUST ensure that current Government guidelines are followed at all times (including social distancing, travel etc).
  • Shared equipment should be kept to a minimum and everyone should sanitise their hands before and after the activity.
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