DIY Concentration Preschool Game(s)
Concentration is a great game for helping children build their recalling skills, but I don’t like paying the price for store bought games. So, as I usually do, I try to make my own version at a fraction of the price. Instead of one game, I decided to make 4 different versions of this classic game to help my daughter with different skills: pattern matching, color matching, capital and lower case letter matching, and number matching. You can choose to make one or all of these games. Any of them will help your preschoolers cognitive learning skills . . . without the hefty price tag! Here’s what you’ll need to make your own concentration game for home or school:
- Paper (Differing patterns and/or colors- I used scrapbook and cardstock paper from the time I attempted, unsuccessfully to scrapbook)
- Index cards
- Stickers (optional- I used them for the counting game)
- Clear Contact Paper
Most of the steps are the same for any of the 4 versions of concentration you choose to make.
Step 1: Measure and cut all the pieces of paper to uniform sized cards. I just used a ruler to make them all 2″ x 2 3/4″ so 2 would fit on an index card. If you’re making the pattern concentration, you only need one pair of each pattern. This applies to the color matching, too. For the letter concentration, you’ll need 52 cards- one for all the capital letters and one for all the matching lower case letters. For the number concentration, you’ll need to double the cards you make for the number you choose to count up to. For instance, for 10 numbers (1-10), you’ll need 20 cards.
Step 2: Glue the cards onto an index card, leaving a small border (if you’d like). Cut out the new card with backing. Why glue them on an index card? So your preschooler can’t see the color, pattern, letter, or number through the back. They’re going to have to really concentrate to get the matches! =)
(For the Letter Concentration only) With a marker, write the capital letter on a card. Then write the matching lower case letter on another card. Do this for all 26 letters.
(For the Number Concentration only) With a marker, write the number on one card. The on another card, place that same number of stickers. Do this for all the cards.
Step 4: Once you have all your cards ready, you can cover them with clear contact paper by rolling out a section (using tape to hold it down in place helps), peel the backing, and stick the cards face down onto it. Then take another sheet of contact paper and place it on to of that, to create a sealed card. Then, simply cut each card out.
Step 5: Now you have your own game of concentration for your preschooler. Not only are they working on their memory and recalling skills, they are working on matching patterns, letters, numbers, and colors. And if you do the number or letter concentration, you’re helping them learn their capital and lower case letters or their counting skills. No matter which one you choose to make, it’s a great learning activity for them! Enjoy! =)
***In the picture below for game #1, I added an additional backing of yellow to all the cards. However, I decided to not do this with any of the others, just sticking to the index card backing. It was too much work–and a waste of paper– to add double backings to each card.)