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31 Memory and Matching Games For Kids That Actually Work

Memory games should be as much fun as they are educational, because nobody said learning has to be boring. Combining learning with favorite characters, or putting a new spin on an old classic will encourage kids to play, and they’ll have so much fun they won’t even realize they’re exercising their brains.

If you remember playing memory games as a child, you’ll love this list of educational games and toys which combine memory with much-needed merriment.

Family Pride LGBT Memory Match Game

Family Pride LGBT Memory Match Game

Teach your kids diversity with this awesome Family Pride LGBT memory game. With 33 matches, these cards feature families in all their forms; mom and dad, two dads, two moms, and also include different ethnicities and cultures – in short, they reflect the world today in all its wonderful glory. Suitable for ages 3 – 6.

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Brain Freeze Board Game

Brain Freeze Board Game

For the sweetest brain game your kids will ever play, try Brain Freeze! Winner of the 2016 Tillywig Toy Awards, Brain Freeze will put your child’s powers of deduction and strategic thinking to the test as they try to guess their opponent’s sweet treat. For ages 5+, this game can be played one-on-one or in teams.

$29.95


Educational Insights Bunny Hop Game

Educational Insights Bunny Hop Game

Are you ‘hopping’ for an educational toy which will be so much fun they won’t even know they’re learning? The Bunny Hop game from Educational insights combines color recognition with memory in order for the player to catch the rabbits and win the game. Not all the bunnies hop though, so be on your guard!

$39.99


Educational Insights The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game

Educational Insights The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game

The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game is as colorful as it is fun. Kids will love picking up the acorns from the tree-shaped playing board (or even stealing them from their opponents), before putting them in their own logs with the super cute squirrel grabbers! Encourages fine motor skills, strategic thinking, color recognition and hand-eye coordination.

$17.96


Eyegamer Memory Card Game

Eyegamer Memory Card Game

Forget multiple board games, Eyegamer is the only one you need! Adaptable for any audience, Eyegamer is a great brain activity game which can be used for kids, adults, or whole families, and can even be played solo. Essentially a matching pairs game, it’s fun, thought provoking, challenging, and highly addictive. Suitable for ages 4+.

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Original Memory

Original Memory

The Original Memory Game is the perfect way to get kids as young as 3 used to the patience required to play multi-player games. With 48 cards to match up, the delightful illustrations of teddy bears, ice creams, and other familiar objects are colorful and striking, making it easier for little ones to remember.

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Lucky Ducks Memory and Matching Game

Lucky Ducks Memory and Matching Game

Lucky Ducks is a memory game with a difference. Unlike traditional games, Lucky Ducks keeps on moving as the cheerful yellow ducks ‘swim’ around and around. Little ones must try to match the color and shape on the bottom of the duck to their own to win, and if it doesn’t match – back it goes!

$19.99


I SPY Memory Game

I SPY Memory Game

I spy with my little eye, something beginning with M for memory, which is what this brain activity game will test when you play it, either alone or with up to six players. With eight ways to play, this puzzle includes 48 memory cards and nine riddle cards to challenge and intrigue. For ages 4+.

$15.29

Battle On The Go Star Wars Memory Game by Disney

Battle On The Go Star Wars Memory Game by Disney

Memory is a powerful force, and now you can take that force with you with the On the Go Star Wars Memory Game. Suitable for ages six plus, this brain game will have you pitting your wits against up to three other players to memorize and match the Star Wars tiles. Promotes memory and counting.

$13.99


Melissa & Doug Flip to Win Travel Memory Game

Melissa & Doug Flip to Win Travel Memory Game

Melissa and Doug have done it again, this time in the form of a brilliant travel memory game. Just slide one of seven differently-themed double-sided cards into the wooden frame, and then take it in turns to flip open two flaps at a time to discover a pair. Great fun for on the go puzzling.

$11.89


eeBoo I Never Forget a Face Matching Game

eeBoo I Never Forget a Face Matching Game

Winner of the Oppenheim Gold Award, I Never Forget a Face is a matching game that features children’s faces from all over the world. Ideal for ages 5+, there are 24 pairs to match, and the back of the box shows all the faces and countries of origin, sparking a child’s natural curiosity about other cultures.

$22.98


Petit Collage Forest Animals Memory Game

Petit Collage Forest Animals Memory Game

This classic memory game has a whimsical woodland theme, and will appeal to little animal lovers everywhere. Simply lay all 24 cards face down, and turn them over two at a time to reveal the foxes, rabbits, and other forest creatures. Make a pair and they’re yours! Suitable for ages 3 plus.

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Blue Orange Games Pengoloo Wooden Game

Blue Orange Games Pengoloo Wooden Game

Kids will get really eggcited about this super c-c-cool brain activity game which stars a colony of penguins. Each bird is sitting on a colored egg, and you must find the right color of egg to claim the penguin, but choose carefully, as the other players can memorize them and claim them as their own!

$22.96


Sequence for Kids

Sequence for Kids

Sequence for Kids is a brain game they’ll never get ‘board’ of! Players place a chip on a space, according to the card they have just played, and when they have 4 in a row, they win. Throw in a unicorn card for strategic placement anywhere, or a dragon card to remove an opponent’s chip.

$18.51


Thinkfun Distraction Card Game

Thinkfun Distraction Card Game

Put your memory to the test with Distraction, the hilarious memory game that will have the whole family laughing. Each card drawn adds another number to a sequence which each player must remember and recite, but watch out for the Distraction card which is sure to put you off your game. For ages 8 plus.

$13.99


Simon Electronic Memory Game

Simon Electronic Memory Game

Some classic games never go out of fashion, and Simon is certainly one of those. This electronic brain activity game shows players a sequence of flashing lights, which they must play back to Simon in the correct order. The better you are the faster it goes! Now with LCD score counter for single or multiplayer.

$31.90


7TECH Interactive Memory Matching Wooden Game

7TECH Interactive Memory Matching Wooden Game

This wooden bear ‘chess’ board is an educational toy which will delight little ones. Each of the four double-sided cards contains colorful pictures with a different theme, including animals, insects, fruits, and vegetables which kids must find and pair up using the cute bear markers. Perfect for encouraging recall, memory, concentration and recognition. Ages 3+.

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eeBoo Life on Earth Memory Matching Game

eeBoo Life on Earth Memory Matching Game

Encourage a child’s interest in our natural world with the Life on Earth Memory Matching Game. The 48 cards (24 pairs) included display everything from animals to insects and fruits to flowers, sparking animated discussions on the world around us. A classic puzzle with a beautiful twist. Made of 90% recycled cardboard and safe, soy-based inks.

$21.98


Despicable Me Memory Game

Despicable Me Memory Game

Everyone loves Minions, and thanks to this superb memory game children can have fun matching them even before they can read. With 48 cards included, featuring all of their favorite Despicable Me characters, kids can flex their memory muscles while trying to find the 24 matching pairs. They can play solo or even with Gru-wnups!

$39.95


Ideal The Storybook Memory Card Game

Ideal The Storybook Memory Card Game

The Storybook memory game is a fun card game that encourages creativity and memory skills. As each player turns over a card, the object depicted must be included in the story, but as the story gets longer it gets harder to remember the whole thing, and if you miss something you’re out of the game.

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7TECH Memory Training Desktop Matching Game

7TECH Memory Training Desktop Matching Game

With ten double sided game cards, you get 20 brain activity games for the price of one! Kids take turns lifting two of the 16 covers to try and memorize and match the pairs underneath. Little ones can take their time, or use the included sand-timer for added pressure. Suitable for one to four players.

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Paw Patrol Memory Match Game

Paw Patrol Memory Match Game

The Skye’s the limit as children Chase victory in this Paw Patrol Memory Match game. Suitable for ages 3+, between one and four players can battle it out as they try to match up the pairs hidden in the 72 Paw Patrol illustrated cards. Who knew educational toys could be so pawsome?

$19.93


Marvel Matching Game

Marvel Matching Game

There’ll be no Thor losers when they play the Marvel Matching Game by Wonder Forge. Featuring all of their favorite Superheroes, this bumper memory game comes with a massive 72 cards, made up of two identical sets of 18 pairs, making a bigger game for multiple players. With Captain America, Hulk, Spiderman and many more.

$26.71


Ocean Cool Family Game

Ocean Cool Family Game

This fun matching game is a little different from the norm. The ocean-themed puzzle is full of cheerful, brightly colored illustrations which players must choose based on the descriptors they ‘shake’ when it’s their turn. Teaches children left and right, color recognition, patterns and more, while the ‘reversal’ token means added challenges. For ages 3+.

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Disney Princess Matching Game

Disney Princess Matching Game

Bring all of your child’s favorite Disney Princesses together in one superb memory game by Wonder Forge. Pair up the Belles, Ariels, Rapunzels and more and collect the most pairings to win the game. With 72 cards, there are four of each design, meaning more opportunities for multiple players, or halve the cards for solo play.

$9.99


Melissa & Doug Puppy Pursuit Games

Melissa & Doug Puppy Pursuit Games

How cute is this game from Melissa and Doug? Utterly adorable, the game includes six stuffed puppies which can be hidden around the house, and then found by following the 60 paw print clues included in the set. With instructions for extended game possibilities, this must be the cuddliest brain activity game out there!

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Monkeys Up Family Board Game

Monkeys Up Family Board Game

Kids will love monkeying around with this super fun educational toy. Each monkey comes with a number, and the object of the game is to collect the highest score. Game play includes stealing, flipping, and switching chimps to improve your score. Testing both math and memory, this game is a prime-ate example of cool learning.

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The Learning Journey Match It!

The Learning Journey Match It!

Teach your kids letter recognition by playing the Alphabet Memory Game. Each pair comprises one upper case and one lower case letter which kids have to find and match from the 52 face-down cards. Improves memory, recall, and concentration and is suitable for ages 3+. For solo play or family fun.

$12.01


Sherlock Deluxe

Sherlock Deluxe

Sherlock Deluxe is an award-winning brain game for two to five players, in which players must rely on their memories as Sherlock, the Detective Dog, searches for clues. Perfect for filling in (and not wasting) time, each game can be played in around 15 minutes, and is great for short, sharp brain exercising. Ages 5+.

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Feelings Matching & Memory Card Game

Feelings Matching & Memory Card Game

Designed by an occupational therapist and a special needs teacher, Feelings is a matching game which uses clear photographs of people’s emotions as shown on their faces. Young players will enjoy the matching, while it can be used with older children as a springboard for talking about emotions, or for people with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or autism.

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Curious George Matching Game

Curious George Matching Game

Bring the world of Curious George to life with this fun memory matching game. The classic pastime has been given an update as players compete to collect the most pairs in the game. With 72 picture tiles, making 36 pairs, this game can be played alone or with friends, and is suitable for ages 3+.

$43.95

9 DIY Memory and Matching Ideas

Diy Memory Game For Kids

Diy Memory Game For Kids

If you have an abundance of plastic eggs left over from an egg hunt, put them to good use with this fun matching game. Place a small object under each shell half (making sure there are two of each object) and mix them up. Players must lift two shells at a time to find a pair.

Diy Personalized Memory Gameboard

Diy Personalized Memory Gameboard

Kids love looking at photographs, so take that interest and incorporate it into a home-made memory game. Using photographs of family members, pets, toys, and familiar objects, you can craft a personalized set of matching cards for your child or as a cherished gift for someone else by following Momtastic’s brilliant step by step guide.

Seashell Memory Game for Kids

Seashell Memory Game for Kids

If you visit the seaside with your kids, you’re bound to have amassed a lot of shells. Put them to good use by turning them into this adorable DIY matching memory game, using just the shells and some paint pens. Growing Up Gabel shows you how with this excellent tutorial.

Diy Giant Lawn Matching Game

Diy Giant Lawn Matching Game

Brain games needn’t be confined to indoors – make a giant version and take it out into the fresh air for some learning along with your Vitamin D. Using cork tiles, Studio DIY shows you how to make oversized matching tiles, and even includes printable stencils to use if you’re not a dab hand at drawing!

Matching Pairs Hide And Seek Game

Matching Pairs Hide And Seek Game

Toddlers can really get to grips with matching objects in this sensory version of the classic game. Using dyed rice, bury pairs of items of different shapes, sizes, and textures and have your child dig through, naming each item as they pick them out. Check out The Imagination Tree’s blog post to find out how.

Diy Nature Memory Game

Diy Nature Memory Game

Get the kids involved in collating items for this DIY game of matching, by going on a nature walk and finding pairs of objects. Using paper mache boxes, hide one item in each and let the kids take it in turns to open two boxes to find a pair. Full instructions at Rhythm and Play.

Diy Insect Memory Game

Diy Insect Memory Game

Don’t despair if you’re not a natural born artist, this DIY tutorial by Kids Activity Blog shows you how to make a set of matching memory cards using stickers and card. The blog uses insects but you could make a variety of sets using different themes. It’s a great travel game or birthday gift, too.

Diy Memory Game For Kids

Diy Memory Game For Kids

How about using memories for memory games? If you have a home printer this DIY version of the classic game is easy and fun to make. Using sticky photo paper (or plain photo paper and glue) mount each photo onto card for a personalized game of pairs for your own kids or as gifts for others.

Fabric Matching Scraps Memory Tutorials

Fabric Matching Scraps Memory Tutorials

Use fabric instead of card and make a soft version of a classic game. If you do a lot of needlecraft your scraps bin should yield enough different patterns, but if not buy some patchwork fabric as a cheat’s alternative and save lots of time! Apple Green Cottage has all the details on their blog.

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