Memory

By Activity Bank on Jun 12, 2013

This activity has been revised and was originally created by Mary Jane Clark and published in the Perkins Activity and Resource Guide (1st edition, 1992).  The second edition is available for purchase.

This activity is a game where students remember and match tactile cards. It teaches tactile discrimination and taking turns, as well as left, right and middle orientation. Lessons include English Language Arts, Concept Development, and Recreation and Leisure.

Materials

  • Game board made of sturdy cardboard divided into an even number of squares. When students are learning the game, you might want to start with six squares.
  • Textured cards ranging from easily matched items to more difficult items. Tactile elements might include silk, sandpaper, carpet, aluminum foil, fur, bubble wrap, etc.
  • A pegboard for each student to record points

Procedure

This game is played like Concentration.

  • Students use a game board divided into squares, each containing a textured card which is placed face down on the game board.
  • Each player is permitted to turn over two cards at a time. If the two textures match, the player removes the cards from the game board and receives a point.
  • The object of the game is to remember where each texture is located and to match the textures.

Variations

  • Activity may be used to reinforce:
    • Braille letter recognition
    • Large print letter recognition
    • Braille and print word recognition
    • Color identification
    • Number recognition
  • Activity may be played as a speed memory game using a timer (Beat the Bell).