My two obnoxious sons were away with grandma, the baby was asleep, and mom was off doing mom stuff. This gave me the opportunity to spend one-on-one time with my 2-1/2 year old daughter Jillian. We took the Goodnight Moon matching and memory game out of the closet and got busy!
The Goodnight Moon game has six variations for ages 2-1/2 through 6. Children ages 2-1/2 to 6 are just developing socially. This game provides them the opportunity to show respect for their playmates by taking turns and playing fairly, while developing the important skill of visual discrimination.
BEGINNER’S MATCHING GAME (Ages 2-1/2 – 4)
When playing with children under three, it may be best to limit participation to me child at a time. Remember, not all children develop at the same rate. If your two year old is restless and does not seem interested in the activity, do not be concerned! Put the game away and try again in a few weeks.
Use lots of praise to make the game fun. For instance, saying “Great job!” when a child completes a match, “You are very good at taking turns,” and “It’s great when you let your little sister do it by herself,” are good ways to help young players develop the skills of encouragement, cooperation and patience.
ADVANCED MATCHING GAME (Ages 3-4)
BLACK AND WHITE MATCHING GAME (Ages 4-5)
MEMORY MATCHING GAME (Ages 3-6)
Children at age 4 and over excel in memory activities. This game helps them to strengthen memory skills and offers them the opportunity to learn tactical and strategic thinking.
GOODNIGHT MOON ROOM GAME BOARD ACTIVITIES (Ages 4-6)
The activity of distinguishing a single desired image against varying backgrounds is an important visual and cognitive skill known as figure-ground recognition. This skill is essential in learning to read.
WHAT’S MISSING? MEMORY GAME (Ages 5-6)
This game is enjoyed by children ages 5 and over. Players will further develop skills of observation, cooperation, fair play, and strategic thinking.
Be sure to enjoy the classic bed-time story Goodnight Moon, written by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd. Published in 1947 – it is a true children’s classic!