No game closet is complete without a classic memory game, but it took my family several tries to find the best memory matching game: this Life on Earth edition.
The original Memory game was fine, but the artwork is babyish so older kids aren’t as interested in playing, not to mention the cardboard pieces are flimsy and easy to bend. Another edition was a little too “creative” for younger kids to figure out, and we couldn’t seem to find the memory game that was the perfect fit for all ages.
Then we found the Life on Earth edition: The artwork is gorgeous, and the thick, sturdy pieces are perfect to prevent bending or ripping by curious little hands. Plus, with younger kids, each piece gives you an opportunity to talk through different types of animals and share fun tidbits you know about them. Great for building vocabulary!
But don’t get rid of this classic game when your child gets a little older. Keep it around so you can connect one-on-one and chat about what’s on your child’s mind while you play. (You might be surprised what they open up about!)
Note: The manufacturer says this is for ages 3 and up, but according to several other families (including mine!) some older 2-year-olds are ready for this game.
From the Manufacturer
In this memory and matching game, flora and fauna from around the world show the richness of Life on Earth. The tiles feature everything from iguanas and oak leaves to underwater coral and cardinals.