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Real Genius: Knit Memory Card Game

Posted by Vickie Howell on September 20, 2010 at 3:23 PM in Great Gifts!KnittingLearning
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Real Genius Cards

Whether you have pre-k kiddos at home or are the parent of elementary schoolers, mind-sharpening games are a great way to keep the kids learning while still having fun. Knit these memory cards up as a gift, or or use them as a take-along game for trips. This game's a classic, so your handmade version will be used for generations!  

Materials
1 skein worsted-weight yarn in color: Teal
Small amounts of worsted-weight yarn in colors: Red, Purple, Tan, Yellow & Black
Size US 8 (5mm) Knitting Needles
Tapestry Needle
1/2 yard cotton fabric
Sewing needle and thread

Finished Measurement
5" x 4 3/4"

Directions
With Teal, cast-on 22 stitches. Working in stockinette stitch with a reverse stockinette border, follow the chards for each card. Make 2 of each.

Chart Key
Blank square = Knit on Right Side, Purl on Wrong Side
"o" = Purl on Right Side, Knit on Wrong Side
"X" = Duplicate Stitch in Desired Color

Happy Face Chart
happyfacechart


Star Chart
starchart

Flower Chart

FLowerChart

Peace Chart
PeaceChart


Knit Memory Cards


Finishing
Weave in yarn ends.

Cut fabric into 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares. Press 1/4" under each edge to create hem. Pin fabric square to back of memory card and sew on with needle and thread.

How to Play

Player lays all of the cards face down and then turns them over two at a time, trying to find a match. If the two cards selected do not match each other, then both cards are turned back over. The object of the game: to find all of the matches.

Need a little knitting refresher course? See my how-to videos here!

Craft Apparently Yours,
Vickie
Vickie

It's About Rhyme!

Posted by Vickie Howell on June 20, 2010 at 10:27 PM in General CraftsLearningPhotos
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It's rhyme time here on Craft Apparent and this week we're teaming up with Sesame Street again with two crafts for you!  Start here with a new spin on an old game, Memory.  In the traditional version, the player turns cards over to reveal different pictures, hoping to find a match.  In this version, the goal is to find the rhymes.  

Once this craft is picture perfect, cap-off your rhyme-themed creativity by heading over to Sesame's Kid-tivity page for instructions on making rhyme picture magnets out of recycled container lids.  Let's get started!

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Materials
Camera (Optional)
4 x 6 Photos of Rhyming Objects 
Card Stock
Decorative Paper (Optional)
Photo Mounting Squares or Double Stick Tape
Scissors

Directions

  • Use a camera to snap shots of objects around the household that rhyme.  Get your kiddos involved in searching out the objects to encourage awareness of rhymes in their environment.  Older siblings can get involved too, by being put in charge of shooting the photographs!
Psst!  Need a speedier route to getting this project done?  I hear ya, mama (or dad)!  Feel free to use my pictures instead of taking your own.  Just right-click and save to your computer.

Rhyme: Sock & Clock
  Sock Clock

  • Print out photos.  I recommend having at least 4 different rhymes to create a game.  The more advanced your child becomes, the more cards you can add in the future.

Rhyme: Owl & Towel
Owl Towel

  • Cut 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" card stock pieces for each photo.

  • Embellish card fronts by taping colorful paper strips to them. 

Rhyme: Doll & Ball
Doll Ball


  • Use photo mounting squares or tape to stick photos on back of each card.

  • Set up the game for your child by laying the cards all face down on a table and let the memory rhyming begin!  

Rhyme: Cat & Bat
Cat Bat


xx,
Vickie
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