MEMORY GAME – Geometry, Colour, Shape

Students use crayon resist technique to create a game consisting of a set of 8 shape cards, a box, an octahedron roller, and a set of rules.

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MEMORY GAME – Geometry, Colour, Shape


  • Crayola Watercolour Paints
  • Crayola Paint Brushes
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola White Glue
  • Crayola Regular Crayons
  • Crayola Fine Line Markers
  • Bristol Board - 8 pieces per student (10 cm x 10 cm (4" x 4")
  • Cardstock Paper - 21.6 cm x 21.6 cm (8.5" x 8.5")
  • Cardstock Paper - 21 cm x 21 cm (8.25" x 8.25")
  • Plastic Placemats - 1 per student
  • Water Containers
  • Large Paper Clips
  • Cardstock Paper 21.6 cm x 27.9 cm (8.5" x 11") - 1 per student


Step 1


  1. Tape 4 pieces of Bristol board (10 cm x 10 cm) to a plastic placemat.
  2. Be sure the tape is straight and smooth.
  3. Use crayons to draw a different shape on each card.
  4. Press hard with the crayon so it stands out.
  5. Think of a way to add pattern to your design.
Step 2
  1. Choose a contrasting colour of watercolour paint.
  2. Paint right over the whole card.
  3. Repeat for each card.
  4. Make 8 cards in total.
  5. Set the cards aside to dry.
Step 3


  1. Use the 21.6 cm x 21.6 cm cardstock paper for the top of the box.
  2. Draw diagonal lines from corner to corner to make an 'X' on one side of the paper.
  3. Fold all 4 sides of the Bristol board into the centre of the 'X'.
  4. Make sure the outer edge of the Bristol board lines up with the centre of the 'X'.
  5. Make sure you fold all 4 sides into the 'X'.
Step 4
  1. Turn the paper over.
  2. Use crayon resist technique to decorate it.
    - the square in the centre of the paper will be the top of the box
    - the rectangles on the outsides of the paper will be the sides of the box
    - the corners of the paper will not be seen once you glue the box together
Step 5
  1. Turn the paper over.
  2. Mark a dot and small arrow where the folds meet in the 4 corners.
  3. Make sure the arrows are directly opposite each other.
  4. Cut along each fold and stop at the dot.
Step 6
  1. Place the paper with the painted side facing down.
  2. Put lots of Washable Glue all over the 2 corner flaps on one end of the paper.
  3. Fold the outside edges of the paper up and tuck the 2 small flaps in.
  4. Fold the large flap on the end of the paper up and glue it into place.
  5. Place large paper clips on both ends of each flap to hold the paper in place until the glue dries.
  6. You should use 4 paper clips on each side of the box.


  1. Use the 21 cm x 21 cm paper for the bottom.
  2. Do not decorate the paper.
  3. Repeat the steps used for the top to make the bottom of the box.
Step 7


  1. Colour each face of the octahedron net with one of the shapes in your card set.
  2. Cut out the net and glue it together.
Step 8


  1. Write the rules for your game on a 10 cm x 10 cm piece of Bristol board, example,​
    - Whoever rolls a star first goes first.
    - Place cards face up.
    - Memorize them - 30 seconds.
    - Place cards face down.
    - Take turns rolling the roller. Whatever shape comes up you guess it.
    - Turn card over. If you are wrong you lose a turn.
Step 9


  1. Gently remove the tape from the shape cards.
  2. Use a marker to write the name of the shape on each card.
  3. Place everything into the box.
  4. Find someone to play the game with you.
  • Subjects:

    • Language Arts,

    • Mathematics,

    • Visual Arts

  • Grades:

    • Grade 2,

    • Grade 7,

    • Grade 8

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