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Family time is so precious! Discover new ideas for playful fun and reading activities when you can spend some time together.

Game-Ideas

Puzzle-App for Kids

Coloring Pictures

GraviTrax Academy

About Independent Play

memory® has been part of our collection of games for more than 50 years!

This game of matching pairs is easy to learn and fun for children of all ages to play. Try making your own personalized version for a quick, fun, and easy family craft. Whether you create your own tiles or use our free printouts below, this is a great way to spend a little time getting creative and have fun at the same time.

  1. Start with a plain piece of paper or cardstock.

  2. Using a ruler, mark out a grid of 12 equally sized sections. If you would like to make a harder game, use two sheets to make 24 cards!

    TIP: Make sure the sections are all the same size, or you’ll be able to tell which pictures are on which tiles by looking at the back!

  3. Decide on the theme for your game. You can create your own or use one of the printouts below. If you’re playing with younger kids, try learning colors, shapes, or animals. Or, be adventurous and try a theme of your own creation like fantasy creatures, dinosaurs, or something else entirely! We’re sure you’ll have more great ideas!

  4. Decorate the squares marked out on your page with pictures based on your theme–don’t forget you need two of each picture to be able to make pairs!

    TIP: Decorating is part of the fun, but if you’re in a hurry, you could always use preexisting photos, the printouts below, or even stickers if you have enough matching pairs on hand.

  5. Carefully cut out the decorated squares. If you’re working on paper, glue or tape your squares to a sturdier material (like a cereal box) to make them more sturdy. This isn’t essential but your game will last longer this way.

  6. Now you’re ready to go! Place all the cards face down and take it turns flipping two cards over to see if they match. If they do, you keep the pair. If not, turn them back over and try to remember where those pictures are for your next turn.
Continue taking turns turning over cards until all the cards have been collected. The player with the most pairs is the winner!

Need some inspiration?

If you’d like to make your own memory game using our free printouts, select your theme from the options below and print out two pages. Once you have printed, colored and cut your pictures, you can still follow Step 5 as described above to give your cards a little extra support.

Animals

memory®

Cars, Sports & More

memory®

Dinosaurs & Monsters

memory®

Flowers & Horses

memory®

Puzzle-App for kids

With the Ravensburger Puzzle Junior app, little puzzle fans can enjoy their first experience of puzzling. The app has been designed with the abilities of pre-school children in mind. Puzzle pieces cannot be accidentally turned, and the table is fixed in the middle, enabling children to fully concentrate on putting the puzzle together. More than one child can do a puzzle at the same time.

Designed with children in mind, everything is explained with easy to follow icons and animations – there is no need for your child to be able to read to enjoy the app.

72 varied puzzle images offer hours of puzzle fun. Whether they like cute animals from all over the world, princesses, pirates, tractors or even unicorns – there is something for everyone.

Features:
  • 72 varied images (half illustrations and half animal pictures)
  • 4 different part numbers (6, 12, 20 and 35)
  • No reading ability necessary
  • Interactive help that only becomes active if needed
  • Original Ravensburger quality - no two parts are the same
The app can be downloaded free of charge from the following app stores:

Ravensburger Puzzle-App für Kinder

Coloring Pictures

Animals

Coloring Picture

Butterfly

Coloring Picture

Moon & Stars

Coloring Picture

Tree

Coloring Picture

Coloring Pictures - Painting by numbers

Cat

Painting by numbers

Dogs

Painting by numbers

Rabbit

Painting by numbers

GraviTrax Academy

Endless Hours of Meaningful Playtime

Perfect for budding engineers or experienced architects, the GraviTrax Academy offers a variety of building challenges that foster critical thinking and problem-solving. With three levels to choose from, every child can begin where they feel most comfortable. Once they complete a level, present them with their GraviTrax diploma.

What about playing alone?

At the moment, many of us are facing the challenge of juggling family and work life at the same time and in the same place. Over the coming weeks there will be times when your child will need to play on their own. Rest assured that children can benefit from some independent play time. After all, everyone needs time and space now and then to concentrate on themselves and reflect.

Why is playing alone so important, especially for children?

Playing alone is important because it strengthens children's own self-efficacy from an early age – this is the sense that ‘I can do this’. Independent play helps build concentration and the development of self-efficacy - these are important skills that can be used as a basis for further learning experiences.

When can children start playing alone?

Small children can play alone for up to half an hour, children from the age of three can enjoy solo play for longer periods of time. They begin to enjoy being alone and like to retreat from time to time to play, paint or do crafts.

How can I help to create independent play time?

Try to create opportunities for playtime alone when you can. In normal, everyday life, it’s not always easy to find undisturbed time. Use the time in the next few weeks to bring out toys that have been put aside for a long time. If you can, involve your child in the choice of activity. How about creating a fun, play environment by making a new play corner together?

Is playing more than just "occupation"?

Absolutely. During independent play, children are developing a variety of essential skills and exploring their imaginations.

How can children keep busy on their own?

Every child is different. Many children love creative activities such as painting or handicrafts. Others like to read or enjoy puzzles – puzzling can encourage focus and relaxation, and offer a great sense of achievement when they finally find a long sought-after piece. Logic games and tricky challenges appeal to other children. All very different activities but all with one thing in common – they enable children to take some time out and focus on the here and now.