New Year’s Where’s My Match Memory Game

It’s that time of the year again – it always sneaks up on me right after Christmas, and every year, I try to explain the whole “new year“/”end of year” concept. This year, 7-year-old E is starting to get it, and 3-year-old N understands perfectly well that it’s a big party and that’s all he figures he really needs to know 😉

N is absolutely in love with memory games. He wants to play all. of. the. time (unless he wants to play one of the board games E has started getting him into 😉 ). And he wins way more than I want to admit. It’s clearly time for the next level!

This New Year’s Where’s My Match Memory Game adds an extra twist where players only look for certain matches while others don’t count for them. {Of course, you can still play a regular classic memory game with this set or check out Kids Celebrating the New Year Matching Game for Toddlers for a similar beginners’ game.}

Try a new twist on the classic memory game with this cute printable New Year's Where's My Match Memory Game! Great for advanced memory players in kindergarten and elementary school.

(E was 7 years old. N was 3.5 years old.)

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Materials for New Year’s Where’s My Match Memory Game

 

What’s in the printable PDF file?

The printable includes

  • a page of 20 different New Year’s party-related images in a grid to use as memory cards;
  • a page of four different reference cards that each show five of the 20 memory images.

Try a new twist on the classic memory game with this cute printable New Year's Where's My Match Memory Game! Great for advanced memory players in kindergarten and elementary school.

To play the “Where’s My Match?” version of memory, each player gets one of the reference cards that determine which matches he or she is looking for in the game.

There are different ways to handle matches not on a player’s reference card:

  1. Turn the cards back over and let the other player find them again on his or her turn.
  2. Play cooperatively and hand the other player’s match over to him or her.
  3. Take the match out of the game.

Other ways to play include skipping the reference cards for a regular memory game OR using the reference cards with just one copy of the memory cards for a matching game that’s one step up from my toddler matching games with six matches.

 

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Like the clip art?

Kids Celebrating the New Year Matching Game for Toddlers and N is for New Year Dot Marker Coloring Pages both use the same set.

 

Do you have toddlers who love matching? I have a book of matching games for them!

In my book Match This! Matching Games for Toddlers, I share 30 different matching games that are perfect for toddlers with a limited number of matches (you can mix and match different sets for a greater challenge) and large cards that are easy to pick up and hold. I’ve included instructions for playing memory and matching games at all skill levels and how to extend the activity with other learning objectives for older kids.

All of the matching games for toddlers you could ever want: matching numbers, words, shapes, colors with fun themes like firefighters, cowboys and cowgirls, construction vehicles, tools, ocean creatures, cars, bees, community helpers, and more! This Match This! Toddler Matching Games Ebook contains 30 different matching games that you can mix and match and extend at any time.

 

Are you looking for other printable games? I’ve got you covered!

Apple Addition Board Game

Dinosaur Counting Dominoes

Printable Weather Sorting Game

Sun and Planets Matching Game

Candy Jar Roll and Count Dice Game for Preschoolers by Life Over Cs

Roll a Shape Printable Game for Preschool by No Time for Flash Cards

 

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