D.I.Y. Christmas memory / matching cards game

Today I am going to share with you another easy-to-make Christmas activity.

During this festive season you might receive some gift guides in the post or when you walk pass the shops and shopping malls. They are beautifully designed with Christmas pictures. After reading what you would like to buy (or what you would like your partner buy for you), don’t throw them away. They can be used for making a simple memory / matching game for your little one to play and learn.

To make the memory game, you will need:

  • Gift guide(s)
  • Plain paper / card (to support the cut outs)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Ruler (optional, for cutting the plain paper / card, you can do it free hand)
  • Cutter (optional, for cutting the plain paper / card)

How to do it:

  1. Cut out the Christmas pictures from the gift guide(s)
  2. Cut the plain paper / card into equal sizes. Find your largest Christmas picture from your cut outs and use that as a reference for the size.
  3. Glue the pictures onto the plain paper / card

How to play:

  1. Start off with 2 cards. Randomly pick 2 cards. Lay them in front of your child.
  2. Ask your child to remember the cards.
  3. Ask he / she to close the eyes while you take away 1 of the cards.
  4. Ask your child which one is missing.

Possible extensions:

  • Increase the number of cards to play
  • Increase the number of cards that you take away
This is the memory game: You can increase the number of cards to play for more challenge
What is missing?

To make the matching cards game, you will need the same things as above, except that you will need 2 copies of the gift guides. Do the same as above, but make 2 copies of the same Christmas pictures so they can be matched up.

If you want to make the memory game, you would only need 1 gift guide.  For matching game, you would need 2.
Make 2 copies of each picture
Both memory and matching game are made with the same method by cutting the plain paper / card into equal sizes
Stick the pictures onto the plain paper / card
For memory game: start with 4 cards, then increase the numbers for extra challenge


These cards are not heavy and small, so they can be easily carried around , for example, waiting for food in a restaurant, travelling in a car / plane, play in a Christmas gathering / playdates.


Learning is fun and inexpensive.

22 Comments on “D.I.Y. Christmas memory / matching cards game

  1. It probably should be a simple game for children, but I think it’s good for adults too because it stimulates the brain and creativity! Interesting!

  2. This is a great game to play with the entire family while waiting for Santa to come. I like the festive idea and the way you can personalise the cards when you create them.

  3. If I receive the DIY xmas card I would be so happy as this meant so much. Great DIY tip and great bonding time if doing this DIY cards with kids.

  4. These are beautiful innovative & quick Christmas cards ideas. I make hand made cards for friends & family every year this year I am goin to steal these ideas… thank u

  5. This is a really neat and inexpensive idea that would keep my toddler entertained. My crafty 8 year old would enjoy making them for him too!

  6. I LOVE DIY projects and this is certainly very freakin useful and awesome! I can now make a card for every holiday

  7. Looks so much fun and creative idea. Dont have kids. But I will show this to my niece she will definitely going to enjoy it. Thanks for sharing.

  8. It’s a holiday version of Memory. My oldest son loved playing Memory. What a great way to incorporate the holiday into learning AND fun!

  9. We are having our first child in April and I am so excited to be able to do these types of activities with her when she’s old enough! I’ll have to pin this for later use 😉

  10. This is definitely a great game especially for kids. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post.

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