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Play the Memory Game – with just a pen, paper and scissors!

Team StoryWeavers|June 07, 2022, 08:31 IST| 22

5 Minute DIY - The Memory Game

Cognitive evolution gave human beings the most superior brain on the planet. As a result, the ability of humans to remember things is unmatched. However, unlike most animals, human babies have to be taught these things. Humans spend up to 5 years learning some critical skills of survival.

As the famous philosopher, Confucius says,

“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand”

We’ve designed an activity for you to help kids develop in a major domain of cognition – Memory. In this game, we will have 8 pairs of matching shapes drawn on cards, i.e., 16 cards. These are now arranged facing down and sorted randomly.

In the first round, two cards are randomly revealed. If the shapes match, the 2 cards are removed. If not, the player must try to remember the shapes of the cards and their locations. In the next round, the player can flip cards of their choice so as to find matches. The final goal of the game is to get rid of all the cards. 

Materials required:

  1. 1 A4 size paper
  2. Scissors
  3. Sketch pens/ colour pens/ ballpen


  1. Cut the A4 sheet into a square shape. Then cut this square sheet into equal-sized 16 square-shaped cards. 
  2. Divide the cards into 8 pairs. Draw a unique shape on each pair of cards.
  3. Place the cards next to each other in 4×4 grid on a table. Ensure that the side with the shapes is facing the table. 
  4. Now randomly flip any card, notice its shape. Now you need to find its pair. 
  5. Flip another random card from the grid. If the shapes match, take the pair out of the grid. If the shapes don’t match, flip both the cards back. Take the next turn, repeat the same procedure.
  6. The key is to remember which shape lies where so that the player can remove as many pairs as quickly as possible.

You can customize the game in ways suitable for your requirements. For example, instead of 8 pairs of shapes, you can draw just 4 pairs of shapes, and repeat the set with a different colour filled shape. You’ll have 2 pairs of squares, say one pair filled with red colour inside and other say green! This will help your kid in identifying the colours along with the shapes. Similarly, you can draw alphabets on the cards instead of shapes etc.

To make the game more engaging, you can make it a multiplayer game by adding a timer to it. The player who finishes the cards fastest wins. Or you can do this without a timer by making it turn-based. The player with most pairs at the end wins. Hope you guys learned how to play this memory game.

This DIY is really easy to make and fun to play. Did you try it yet? Share your experience with us in the comments section.

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About the Author

Charu, a feminist and an accidental writer, is yet to master the art of writing about herself. Always curious to learn new stuff, she ends up spending a lot of time unlearning the incorrect lessons. She enjoys all sorts of stories – real, fictional, new, old, hers and would love hearing yours too. Feel free to ping her at to share anything that you think is worth sharing.

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May 25, 2021

Wow! Thank you byju’s such for interesting diya I have made many diys keep sending such diys.

Love you byju’s

Divyanshi Rathore

March 13, 2021

I have made it it so fun I made 10 of these draw different types of file means shape I love it ??♥️♥️❣️❣️??????

Divyanshi Rathore

March 11, 2021

I’m making it right now ✍?✍?✍?✍?✍?✍?✍?✍?

Rajat Kumar dash

September 2, 2020

Congrats to all winners.


July 31, 2020

Actually it is a nice game????

Bablu thanekar

July 29, 2020

I did it

Yashneal kumar

July 28, 2020

Wow enjoying…


July 25, 2020

Wow its a nice homemade game , but the point is if I will do this with paper it will fly away if we are under a fan so I
will do the same with a hard object like cardboard or card . It is really is going to be a fun game and thank you
Byju’s for this amazing ideas .


July 21, 2020

Thank you byjus?

Trrishan Saha

July 18, 2020

Today I have made it! One for me and another for my cousin sister Jhinti, whose real name is Projoti Ghosh. When September will come, I will invite her in my house and I am thinking how happy Jhinti would be!!


July 17, 2020

says:Thanks Byjus. It’s so amazing to play such games it helps us to have fun and also improves our ability to remember things

Rida Sharma

July 17, 2020

Increased my memory

Ritam Adhikari

July 17, 2020

Really a nice one

Nimisha Nistha Saikia

July 17, 2020

I❤️this game. It’s so interesting. Please keep on giving more interesting games.?

Krishna Periwal

July 17, 2020

It’s so simple to do and also interesting


July 17, 2020

Nice. The quality of content you write is really very good. Now I see you’ve made this beautiful video. This brings back my memory of memory game. Playing games with toddler using poker cards is a big No-No..definitely…This DIY is nice and easy. I’d love to see more.

Ayush Rajput

July 16, 2020

It’s so amazing to play such games it helps us to have fun and also improves our ability to remember things

Bishwarup chowdhury

July 16, 2020

Thanks Byjus your learning system too much good.I am soo happy to connect with you

Amogh Kottada????

July 16, 2020

Wow amazing. I play the same with playing cards .


July 16, 2020

Thanks a lot byjus for such interesting DIY…it does only build our creativity but also helps us engage in these fun activities rather than wasting time!!


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