Why play this game?
This simple game is designed to help children become more familiar with standard units of time and the relationships between them. Higher-order thinking is required in order to play strategically.
It might be easiest to introduce the game to a small group. Sit in a circle and lay out the cards
as in the instructions, without saying anything to the children. Ask the children to watch what you are about to do very carefully to see whether they can work out how to play the game. Being to play yourself, slowly, without saying
anything at all. (At this stage, it is probably best not to use a scoring system.) After you have taken a couple of pairs, stop and invite learners to talk in pairs about how they think the game works.
Give them time to talk as a whole group and clarify the rules of the game. Give pairs of children a set of cards
and ask them to work together
to have a go themselves. You could introduce a scoring system and/or the competitive version as you see fit.
Look out for those children who begin to think strategically by using their turn wisely. For example, where possible, it is better for the first card they turn over to be one that is unknown as there is a possibility that it will match with one that is already known.
The plenary could focus on any tips/strategies/special things to remember that the children want to share. How could they make the game more difficult?
What is that in seconds/minutes/hours/days/weeks/months?
Are those two the same? How do you know?
Have we already seen a card that might match that one?
Learners could make their own sets of additional cards using these blank cards
, for example matching 'half an hour' to '30 minutes' etc.
An easier approach might be a sorting activity in which children focused on sorting the printed cards
into matching sets before playing the memory game.