Memory Game with Disposable Cups for Preschoolers

Memory games like this one require little or no instruction and setup is easy with just a few simple materials. While this game is easy enough for preschoolers, kids of all ages will have fun playing together!

Memory game preschool activity with small cups

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A memory game is a fun way to challenge kids observation and thinking skills. We often reach for a pack of playing cards when we want to play a memory game. There are many themed sets of memory cards to make or buy for kids activities.

In this activity, I decided to use something different - small disposable cups - to play a memory game.

Memory game with recycled cups

A memory game is easy to set up with everyday materials. Kids will love preparing this activity as much as they love playing the game. 

I used two-ounce plastic cups purchased at the dollar store. You can easily substitute any plastic or paper cups you have on hand.

The size of the cups will determine the size of the small toys or game pieces you choose.



Memory game with disposable cups



Choose options for game pieces that will fit beneath the cups, such as markers from a board game or small pieces from a construction set. 


Place inverted cups on a tray for a memory game


Turn the cups upside down on a tray with a game piece under each one.

Be sure to include matching pairs when you place the objects under the cups!



Turn over two cups to see if there is a matching pair of objects



Lift one cup, then another, looking for a match.


Memory game kids activity using recyclables


If a player remembers where the other green one is, he has a match!

The memory game is a go-to option when you need a quick and simple idea for play time.

 Do you remember where the yellow piece is?


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