Monday, July 13, 2009

Monday mini album: Memory Game

Remember the game Memory from our childhood? You have a deck of cards that all look the same on the back side but have different pictures, objects, etc. on the other with a matching pair. The idea is to take your turn flipping over two cards. If they match, you go again. If not, it's the next person's turn. Well I had this brilliant idea to make Mason his own version of this game. The idea was to help his skills develop. Give him an education at home while waiting for preschool. I'd been wanting to make this for at least a year now but was trying to figure out the tools to create it. A few months ago I was browsing the $1 bins at Michaels and ran across a pack of coasters. Immediately I thought of the memory game. I should have bought more than one pack but at the time I wasn't sure how it would turn out. Of course now I can't find them again.
Seeing that Mason has been having a difficult time adapting to the addition of Sophia to this family. His behavior is not like him at all; acting out, not listening, overly emotional, etc. I thought that focus some of our time soley on him would be beneficial to all of us. When Mason asked if he could have an album after seeing the pregnancy album I made of Sophie I decided to attack this project over the weekend. It went surprisingly fast and was actually fun to put together. And I got the satisfaction of actually completing something scrapbook related in a long time.
I measured the coasters (3.5 x 3.5) and then selected pictures of things Mason loves (sidewalk chalk, thomas trains, cars, him running through the sprinkler, etc.) cropped them to size and printed them out on photo paper. I then cut out the pictures and adhered them to the coasters using glue and my ATG gun, trimming them and sanding the edges to fit. I then chose a patterned paper that I had an abundance of in my stash and repeated the steps I did for the photos on the back side of the coasters. Voila! We now have a game of Memory to take with us to restaurants to occupy him so he isn't running around and driving us nuts.

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  1. What an awesome idea! I may have to steal it. That is once James is old enough :-).

  2. They look awesome! How you manage to be so creative with an infant and toddler....You're my hero.