Masterpiece Memory Game

While browsing through the kid section of the gift shop at The Art Institute of Chicago I saw a fine art memory game that I wanted, what I didn’t want was the price tag, or the extra weight in my suitcase on the trip home. So instead I grabbed a few packs of Art Stickers ( for $1.50 each) and made my own. Memory games like this are great to teach basic game playing etiquette , good sportsmanship as well as an appreciation of the subject matter.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some card stock, fine art stickers and scissors.
  2. Start by cutting your card stock into squares. I made 16 ( 8 pairs) which seems to be a great and manageable number of pairs  for my son . Memory games have never been his strong suit so follow your own child’s abilities and you can always add or remove cards as needed.
  3. Pop the stickers on. I made the pairs match up with card color too as an extra hint for my son since I am trying to encourage him to play this game more without it ending in frustration over not getting it right away.
  4. All done.
  5. Flip over .
  6. Time to play.
  7. He made a match!

This game was a bigger hit this time than memory has ever been before, not sure if it was the color hint , subject matter or simply the right game on the right day. All I know is to keep trying lessons, games and activities even if they weren’t hits initially.

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Books About Fine Art

Touch the Art: Brush Mona Lisa’s Hair by Julie Appel and Amy Guglielmo is the inspiration for this post and my son’s new found love of Renaissance Art. The book is a board book with touch and feel aspects to it. The text is cute but not a story, each page asks the reader to do something with the touch and feel item . The real gem is bringing the art to young eyes. The book includes wonderful masterpieces : Girl with A Pearl Earring , Birth of Venus, The Arnolfini Portrait and more!

Katie Meets The Impressionists by James Mayhew is a art fairytale! Katie goes to the museum with her grandmother and before she knows it she is in the paintings and the world of the painters and their families.  Katie goes from painting to painting gathering flowers for her grandma and exploring a world on the other side of the canvas.  What I enjoy about this book is that it brings the paintings to life for readers and it shares the  back story in a way that children can connect to and imagine the possibilities when they go to museums! Of all these books this one held my son’s attention the least. I like to think it’s because he’s not a fan of impressionism, but I think it was simply a little long for his not quite 3 year old attention span.  Maybe if Renoir had painted garbage trucks… seriously though this is a fabulous book and worth a read!

Here’s Looking at Me: How Artists See Themselves (Bob Raczka’s Art Adventures) is devoted to self portraits and the story behind each one in this fascinating book. This is a book for children older than my son who is 4 but I still showed him every painting ( all self portraits) and read highlights of the text which I found fascinating and can’t wait to share it with my kids when they are a little older. I read a lot of art history books for fun and I learned a few things reading this.  I can’t think of a better book to couple with a lesson about self portraits for kids 6-12.

Comments

  1. says

    This is such a great idea! I cannot wait to teach my kids about art. This memory game is a great way to get them familiar with some beautiful paintings.

  2. says

    Good idea using colors to aid in matching. that way if the original card is this color the child only needs to focus on that color. This would be a great way to help a child learn what their distance extended family members look like before arriving at a strange place. I remember being smothered by a loving relative when I first meet them and being terrified because I had no idea that this person was my mother’s sister.

  3. says

    These are really cute! We’ve made some with downloaded pictures before, but it never occurred to me to use stickers – so much simpler! Thanks for the great idea.
    PS Have you tried playing “Van gogh fish” yet?

  4. Ivania says

    Oh what a wonderful idea! I didn’t even know they had sticker version! Quick question – are there multiples of the same painting within the 16 sticker package?

  5. nopinkhere says

    We have the pop art book from the same series as the first one and both my kids love it! It inspired a trip to the art museum last week to look at contemporary art.

  6. says

    I love this idea! I have a few books of those stickers and I’m always trying to come up with a worthy project to use them on. Thanks for sharing!

  7. says

    My boys enjoy “Katie Meets The Impressionists” and the others in that series, but they are a bit older than yours. Another great series (but with similar amounts of text as the Katie books) is the Artists series of books by Laurence Anholt. “Leonardo and the Flying Boy” and “The Magical Garden of Claude Monet” are our favourites and there are others about Van Gogh, Degas and Picasso.

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