My daughter is at the age where she loves to identify objects in books. The narrative is more often than not lost to a game of I-Spy, where she points to things and I name them, or vice-versa. She takes enormous joy in her ability to find and differentiate objects. This may be the perfect time to introduce a memory game. Here is a homemade one that is not only quirky and colorful but toddler-friendly too.
This easy DIY project at No Time for Flashcards is a great way to introduce your kids to memory games. Scrap wood, some very cool monster graphics (which are available here), and a few different types of Mod Podge are all you need to make it happen. And if you do not have the ability to make your own blocks, store-bought ones will work just fine, as long as they are uniform in shape and size.
Being nice chunky blocks, they are much easier for toddler's hands to grasp and flip than the standard slick cards that most memory games are comprised of. And when the game has run its course, you can always build a tower.
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