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Mitten Matchup

A fun memory game to create and play together

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Here’s an easy matching game to create and play with a party, a pair, or even a party of one! Your kiddo will have some fun while she’s learning early math skills and honing fine motor skills, too.
Mitten Matchup Game
What You’ll Need
  • Scissors
  • Black construction paper
  • Variety of colored or patterned paper
  • Crayons
  • Stickers
  • Marker
  • Glue stick
What to Do
  1. Cut squares from the black paper, all the same size.
  2. Fold a piece of colored or patterned paper. Draw a mitten shape on the paper, starting at the fold.
  3. Cut out the mitten shape, then cut along the fold line to make two mittens.
  4. Use crayons or stickers to decorate each pair of mittens (optional).
  5. Glue each mitten to a black square. Repeat until you have several different pairs of mittens.
To Play

Place the cards in rows, with the mittens facedown. Take turns flipping over two cards. If the mittens match, keep the pair. If they don’t match, turn them facedown. Play continues until you’ve matched all the pairs. The player who collects the most mittens wins the game.

Extend the Fun

For younger kids: Play a face-up version of this game with little ones. Mix up the cards, place them face up, and help your child find the matching pairs. Then, together, count the number of pairs you’ve found.

For older kids: Encourage math skills by adding numbers to each mitten face. Then as each player makes a match, add the numbers together and record them. At the end of the game, add up the total for each player. Who has the highest number?