Free Printable Valentine Memory Game for Kids Post Preview: This post has a 16 card memory game printable with Valentine-themed pictures. In addition to the printable, there are ideas for how to use memory cards with a variety of ages.
One of the games I remember really enjoying when I was a kid was Memory. It’s a great game for making connections, remembering facts, and problem-solving. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I have a free printable Valentine Memory Game for you!
On a side note – do you know what game I hated when I was a kid? Perfection! Who thought of this ulcer-inducing game for children? It’s like bomb defusing 101 for kids. Ugh.
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Free Printable Valentine Memory Game / Matching Game
The free printable Valentine Memory Game is two pages. On one page, there are 16 different picture cards. All of the pictures are Valentine-themed. However, these cards could be used at any time of year, of course.
On the second page of the printable, there is a heart pattern. It is meant to be printed on the back side of the page with the cards. However, if you want to save on printer ink, you could skip printing the heart pattern on the back of the cards. Instead, children can color or paint a design on the back of the cards to help make sure that people playing aren’t able to see through the back of the cards.
You will need to print out two copies of the cards in order to be able to play the classic matching game. If you only print one page, there will nothing to match, of course.
I would recommend printing the Valentine Memory Game cards on white cardstock. This will help the cards be more sturdy than printing them on regular copy paper.
Ways to Play Memory with Kids of Many Different Ages
You might be thinking, “Yeah, Angie, I know how to play Memory. I’ve got this.” And, yeah, I’m sure you do. However, I’m still going to share a few ways to use this printable, just in case you need some ideas.
For children just starting to be able to play matching memory games, I would recommend not starting with all 32 cards out. (There are 32 cards once you print out two copies of the cards.) Consider starting with just eight cards (four pairs) while playing Memory. Then, you can increase the number of matches used at one time when their matching and memory skills increase.
I sometimes used a memory card set with two years olds that I saw during developmental therapy when I was doing in-home therapy. To use them with such young children, I glued down half of a set of Memory cards onto a 12×12 piece of cardstock (no matching pictures). Then, I laminated the page. During therapy, I would get out the cards that were matches to the cards on the cardstock. We would work together on naming the items on the cards, since I usually saw children with speech delays, and then we would find our card’s match and put the card on top its matching card.
These printable Valentine Memory Cards are free for personal, classroom, group, or co-op use. You may not use the booklet for any commercial purposes. If you aren’t sure if your use of them is allowed, just contact me to find out.
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