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This enjoyable, homemade card game improves matching and memory skills in young children, and, at the same time, teaches them the names of the different leaves in the autumn universe.

What you'll need:

  • 20-30 autumn leaves, 2 of each kind (e.g., 2 maple leaves, 2 sycamore leaves, etc.)
  • 20 5-by-8-inch note cards
  • Tape or glue
  • Pen

What you'll do:

Tape or glue one leaf to the blank side of one note card. Write the name of the leaf at the bottom of the card. Repeat until all leaves are stuck to a card.

Show your kids the cards, then turn them over and carefully mix them up, so they don't know which leaf is where. Arrange the cards in two long rows, or four shorter rows.

Let your kids turn over one card at a time in the hopes of finding a match and remembering where it was. When a successful match is made, those cards are then taken out of the game.

Repeat as often as is enjoyable.

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