Paper Plate Yard Memory
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Now that the weather seems to be cooperating better, we are outside all we can. In the never ending battle to keep kids entertained and busy, we gave this yard game a try.
Needing NOTHING special to make the game pieces, this is ideal for throwing together in just a few minutes. All you need are some paper plates and the ‘matching’ pair images.
For the game piece matches use anything you can imagine. I chose to print off Disney Characters in pairs, cut out and then Elmer’s glue them down to the front/top side of the plates. We ended up with 46 plates or 23 images to match. No set number is needed, this was just what I somehow randomly printed off!
If you do not have a printer, go right in and draw your own images right onto the plates! There are so many ideas you can do! Think shapes, colors, letters, animals, cars, etc.!
After the game pieces are made, step outside and lay them out. Make rows and columns and start turning over. Everyone takes a turn finding matches!
Did the plates blow away?
- No, they held pretty firm to the grass, but I used heaver Dixie Brand plates because that is what I have. I think if there was a heavy wind or big gust, it would scatter! I think cheaper plates would work well for this too, as long as you were fairly sheltered from wind or it was a calm day.
Were the kids interested?
- Yes, very much so. Using the Disney characters kept them very interested, but it was something different and highly interactive. We did several rounds before putting it away for another day. Both kids asked to set it up the second day.
Where to Play?
- This worked outside in our lawn perfectly, but also would be fun to take camping, at a hotel or Air B&B, Birthday Party, or spread out in your living room on a rainy day!
Ideas for plate matches:
- Fruits & Veggies
- Upper and Lower Case Letters