Thursday, September 22, 2011

Paint Chip Memory

I've seen tons of ideas in blogland for craft projects using paint chips.  I can't wait to try this word family game using leftover paint chips from previous painting projects.  This game would be great to use in my classroom (and with my daughter as she gets older).  I created this game yesterday because my daughter LOVES memory games and has learned all of her colors.  This is so simple--and I'm sure it's been done before--but I have not seen a paint chip memory game yet.  Here are the easy instructions:

For this game you will need two sets of each color paint chip and cardstock.

Choose several shades from each paint sample and glue to cardstock.  I used spray craft glue but any type of glue will work.  Be sure to cover the entire surface with glue--when you cut it will fall apart if you have not glued all parts.  At this point you could choose to laminate for durability.

 Cut apart each individual paint chip.  I have 42 cards here but I will not be using them all for my daughter.  For young children (3-4 years old) I would recommend no more than 20-25 cards.

To play the game, simply turn over 2 cards at a time.  If they match, the player keeps the cards and gets another turn.  If they do not match, flip them back over and the next player gets a turn.  Continue until all cards have been matched.  For young children, you can place them face up and simply have them match colors and name the colors.

I'm sure you all have other wonderful ideas for what to do with this activity.  What are your suggestions?

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  1. Love this idea! And I love paint chips. I worry as I am leaving the home improvement store I will drop my bag and a zillion paint chips will spill out. LOL! Thanks for linking up @ Real Life Tips Link Up. Vicky @

  2. What a great idea! I've got a lot of paint chips and this would be great for stocking stuffers! Thank you so much for sharing!