For Christmas we received one of those memory/match games as a gift and as I was popping the cards out of the frame I thought what could I use these for?
I decided to use them for some math equations. It adds another dimension instead of just printing out a sheet of paper and handing over a pencil. Since Valentines day was near the date I made these I decided to use these hearts from Creekside Learning instead of simply using a pencil or marker.
Here's what else I used to re-purpose these memory card frames:
Various colors of construction paper
Here's how they looked after gluing on the construction paper:
Since my son is working on multiplication and division those are the equations I used for his frames.
He figured out the answer, sorted through the numbers on the hearts and placed the correct heart in the last box.
For my preschooler I used easy addition and subtraction frames:
The same concept was used with my daughter but because of her age I used stickers to make it more fun and math friendly.
What's great about these frames is that they are sturdy enough to be re-used. After my kids finished these math activities I easily peeled off the construction paper (don't use to much of the glue stick and the paper comes off pretty easy!) and have stored the frames away in our learning closet to be used again.
I believe that using these frames did offer a different dimension and that my kids were more engaged than if I just used a plain old sheet of paper and a pencil.
Next time you receive one of those match games think twice before tossing those frames!