The Toy Memories Match by TJ Whitneys' Toys is a great addition to any toy collection. It is one my son's favorite toys to play as a family. He is not quite 4 years old so he is still learning the rules and learning patience with other players finding matching pairs that he would like; in any case it is a game that he enjoys and will learn to appreciate more as he gets a little older (it is rated for 4+).
Winner of a Creative Child Magazine Award in 2005, this game comes with 48 2" carded tiles (24 matching pairs). The cards are made with grayboard which is a recycled product (the paper is new). The 24 pairs are illustrations of classic toys, by Canadian artist Carrie Kendall, such as a baby doll, ABC Blocks, a spinning top, a fire truck, a play cash register, and more.
The Toy Memories Match game can be played in the classic manner, by turning the pieces upside down and taking turns to turn over 2 pieces to see if they match. If they do, the player can keep them---and go again--- if not, the player turns them back over and another player chooses 2 tiles to turn over. However there are other ways to approach this game. It can be used as a teaching tool in many ways such as simply finding the matching pairs (without playing the game), or matching toys of the same color, or discussing each toy, or sorting by favorite toy, etc. The important thing is that parents or caregivers are interacting and having a discussion with the child, and using the toy as a teaching tool.
The game is attractively packaged in decorative box (10 1/4” x 9” x 2”) and makes a wonderful gift. It is available on our website and in stores and websites across the country.