This fun memory game for kids is made with seashells – either from the craft store or the beach! Put it in a pouch and it’s portable for fun play anywhere you go.
My kids favorite beach activity, besides swimming, is collecting seashells. Needless to say, we have a lot of shells sitting around in plastic bags. And no one wants to throw them out. Not even me!
We’ve done many different kinds of shell themed crafts. There are only so many shell mirrors or shell picture frames that one family needs. We needed a new way to let the kids keep their beloved shells and put them to good use.
Here is where our beach vacations collided with our camping vacations. Portable games are great for camping and road trips. Things like cards, tic tac toe and memory games. Take the shells from a beach vacation and turn them in to a fun little portable memory matching game.
Seashell Memory Game for Kids
We used 10 shells, but you can use more or less. For little kids start with less and challenge older kids with more.
Start by setting the shells out in to sets of two. Draw the same shape, number, letter or whatever in to each shell.
Numbers and letters would be fun for little kids who are just learning those. Or even just basic shapes and colors. Older kids, of course, have to make it more fun!
We just did a bunch of easy designs the kids would remember like flower, sun, dragonfly, heart, etc. We kept it simple.
Once all the shells have a design on the inside and there are two of each design, you’re ready to play. Throw the shells in a small pouch for carrying.
To play, set the shells out with the pictures facing down. Play like a memory game. Flip two shells over at a time and try to remember the matches! The person with the most matches wins.
These would also make great party gifts for a sea, beach or mermaid themed birthday party. You could even let the kids make their own game set and take it home.