Following on from yesterday’s post about our new Valentine’s Day Egg Carton craft series, we have our second activity ready to share. The first activity was painting two egg cartons in Valentines theme colours.
Today’s post is all about a game to play in your egg cartons. Believe me it is fun to play and easy to set up.
How to Play:
1. Gather together little objects that are small enough to fit into the egg cavities inside the egg carton. We used red and pink fabric hearts, buttons and pom poms.
2. One player places as many items as they wish in the cavities (up to 6 or 12 depending on the size of your egg carton). The other player has to look at and try to remember what the objects are and where they have been placed in the egg carton. (You may decide to have a time limit on how long the second player can look at the egg carton’s contents. We chose not to. We just all decided when we were ready. No one looked for more than a minute if that helps).
3. Once the second player has looked at the egg carton content long enough – the carton is closed and the contents can no longer be seen. The second player then, relying on their memory, places objects into the second carton to replicate what was in the first carton.
4. Once the second player is satisfied with their efforts the first player opens the first carton to reveal the original contents. Both players react accordingly
5. To keep everyone in the family happy, the levels of difficulty should be age appropriate.
We all loved this game! To be honest I was quite nervous when Ebony asked me if she could set up a game for me. It really does test your brain power. The game also requires you to try out different tactics or strategies. How are you going to choose to remember items and their location?
Ebony was the first one to test her memory. The girl loves a challenge, bless her!
I was slightly jealous of her nerves of steel
My tip – start off small so as to encourage further and more difficult play.
1st game – good result! There is alot of anticipation as you open that original egg carton after you have been wrangling with your memory! Here is Ebony setting up my first memory game…
I could literally feel my brain’s engine whirring and whining as I asked it to work hard for me And *phew*after a few LONG seconds of checking my efforts, Ebony closed the lids and gave me this beaming smile…
I didn’t embarrass myself and my generation!! Don’t worry I did later on. In fact we all found combinations that were just too tricky or too plentiful. We stuck to 8 eight items as a shot at 12 was a disaster (for me!). Up to 8 items was lots of fun and very doable.
For Zoe I started off small to give her a clear idea of what to do (I placed only two items in the carton for first game). She was happy with that. Then afterwards Zoe asked to increase the numbers until we ended up using 6 or 7 with her as per the photo below.
To press home how much the girls enjoyed it they kept saying “I can’t wait to play this with Dad”. He was barely in the door a minute before he was sitting at the kitchen table trying to remember where fluffy pom poms and soft hearts were supposed to be placed in an egg carton. And he was silly enough to think he could ‘switch off’ once he left work!
Little tip: ensure there is alot of each item so that there are enough supplies for the second player.
Have fun with the game and don’t forget to come back tomorrow to check out our third egg carton activity.
Thanks so much for dropping by!