Tuesday, September 6, 2011
I remember playing Memory Game as a child. It was one of the many games I enjoyed. It makes me happy to see that Matthew has taken an interest in it too.
I began teaching Matthew how to play a few months ago. Starting out with just 2 pairs, I'd illustrate how to turn over the cards individually to find the matching card. I had to be quick and enthusiastic about it to keep Matthew's attention and get him interested. He wasn't very interested the first few times I brought out the game.
Teaching him the objective of the game only took up to a minute or less each time we would "play". Whenever I let him have a turn, I applied the "errorless learning" method, wherein he always succeeded at finding the matching card. This involved either hand-over-hand help or me pointing to the right card to flip over.
Gradually, as he started to show more interest, I added a 3rd pair. These days we play with either 4 or 5 pairs while Elizabeth likes to look at the other cards. It's cute to see her pretend to play too. She'll say "Match!"
A couple of iPhone apps helped build upon his interest and understanding of the game too. The app "Monkey Preschool Lunchbox" has a mini memory game in amongst the other games. Another one I have on my iPhone is "Preschool Memory Match".
When Elizabeth is older, Matthew and I will teach her to play Memory Game too.