Preschool Memory Match

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Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media
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Simple but well-implemented memory game.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to develop their memory skills. Memory is an important brain-task that keeps our minds (at all ages) sharp and helps kids in reading, math, other academic areas, and life. Preschoolers also will build their vocabularies. Parents can customize the categories of topics in the settings menu. The three levels of the game will continue to challenge kids. This simple app version of the classic educational game is well-developed and fun.

Ease of Play

The game is very simple to play. Three difficulty levels (four for iPad) adjust the number of cards to start with, but otherwise it is a typical matching game. Children simply touch the screen to reveal items.

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On the main menu is a "More Fun" button that links to the developer's other iPhone apps. The button will take you directly to the iTunes store for purchasing, but as long as children don't have the iTunes password they shouldn't be able to actually purchase anything.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Preschool Memory Match is a simple concentration-type matching game that will help develop memory skills as well as the ability to recognize animals, instruments, vehicles, foods, and other objects. The difficulty levels make it appropriate for a wide age range. The app is very kid-friendly.

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What's it about?

This free app puts a classic concentration game in an easy-to-play mobile version: Kids find matches for pictures by turning over cards. When they make a match, they hear the name of the object (or for animals, the name plus the sound it makes). After each level, kids are rewarded with fun visual toys to play around with -- they can tap on a graphic to make it move, spin, and twist. In easy mode, kids match six pairs; in medium mode, 10; and in hard mode, 15.

Is it any good?

There are many memory games on the market, and there's not a whole lot that sets them apart. However, PRESCHOOL MEMORY MATCH does a few things better than others. First, the buttons to choose the level of difficulty are large and sized relative to the card size, making it easy for kids to identify which is which even if they're unable to read. When a match is made, it is usually accompanied by the sound the object makes, along with the name of the object both visually and aurally, which can get kids started on reading.

An unexpected surprise: Once all the matches have been made, kids are rewarded with two or more audio-visual "toys." These are little graphics that move, spin, bend, and twist when they're tapped. It may not seem like much, but because the toys are randomly selected each time, kids will enjoy playing the matching game again and again to see which toys they get. The only downside for this app is that when a match is made, the zoomed-in image obscures the cards briefly, which prevents you from continuing the game until it disappears. (There is an option to fade the image more quickly, but it still lingers for a while.)

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about all the different ways you can work on memory skills. Play verbal memory games in the car -- say a pattern out loud (letters, shapes, words) and have your kid repeat your pattern. Then have them create a pattern and go back and forth.

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  • Make a sweet memory game with M&Ms. Lay candies paired by colors out and cover each with little pieces of paper. Of course, kids will want to eat each match!

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