Games for 3 - 5yrs Pairs for travel
You can make or buy the type of cards described below.
You can make squares of card about a couple of inches on each side and draw simple large pictures and write what it is underneath. Examples of apple, ball, banana, chair, desk, elephant, dinosaur, cat. dog, you can go right through the alphabet. Do two squares of each picture then play a simple game of pairs.
Arrange 4 cards - 2 pictures of one thing and two pictures of another face down on a table or on the floor.
The aim of the game is to turn over two cards at a time and get a matching pair. If the cards don't match then they have to be turned face down again before you have another go at turning two face up.
This is a great game for observation and memory, if you play it with your child get him / her to read out the word under the picture.
Initially start with just 4 cards then gradually increase it by two at a time so he / she still remains challenged but so that it is not too difficult.
Remember to reward them with lots of praise when they get a pair.
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