When I was a kid I was always wanting to play a game. Always. I daresay, it wore most of my friends and family out. So I wound up playing lots of games by myself. Match games were my absolute favorite. I had tons of sets and it got to the point to where I would remember that this card had a defect in that corner, so it’s the lady with the purple glasses. I noticed that I’d never seen my nephews play the match game and I couldn’t understand why. So I took it upon myself to make up a match game that is a little bit different from others.
We don’t have super heroes or anything like that, these are made of things that we think are neat, which might make us a little weird but we don’t care. Get ready to match up stag beetles, lantern fish, thumbs up, robots, sushi, nerd glasses, crowns, Maoi (the Easter Island heads), mudpuppies, lilies, sloths and, of course, Flava Flavs. Each icon is hand drawn and then digitally painted, these little cards are sure to keep the little ones busy on any car rides you have left this summer! *** This is a series! Check out Magnetic Travel Bingo & Magnetic Travel Tanagrams, too! For this project you will need:
- Adhesive magnetic roll (12 x 24 inch)
- Scrapbooking paper
- Free printable (run them at a copy shop for cheap!)
- Rubber cement (or other adhesive)
- Mod Podge hard coat
Take your adhesive roll of magnet and cut it into two 1 foot by 1 foot squares. Peel the protective backing and stick the adhesive sides together. Take care because this stuff is crazy stick and once it’s on there, it’s on there. We are doing this because only one side of the magnetic roll is actually magnetic and we need two for a flippable match game.
I’d really suggest having your printables run at a copy shop. In the self serve section of Kinko’s, for instance, you can have these suckers for about a buck! You can’t run these at home for only a buck’s worth of inkjet refills! Need the freebie? Download it here.
Take your cards and cut them out with a little bit of space all around. Apply rubber cement to to backside of the cards and to the front side of the magnetic adhesive roll. Allow to fully dry and then apply together. This is called dry mounting and it is crazy permanent. No kid is going to be peeling these off of here. Take and apply rubber cement to the backside of the cards and the backside of pretty scrapbooking paper. You might want to go with something that isn’t too busy and something that doesn’t have animals or characters on it that can help to remind what is on the other side. Dry mount the scrapbooking paper onto the back when ready
Using scissors, cut the tiles out as closely as you can and as straight as you can. Go over with 2-3 coats of Mod Podge hard coat on each side to protect them from little fingernails.
When dry, get out your cookie sheet and have a game of match up!
If you get a 97 cent cookie sheet from Wal-Mart, these 24 tiles fit perfectly!
And they’re not going to be holding up a phone book to the fridge, but they’re magnetic enough to stick to the cookie sheet with no problem!
And don’t forget to seal these guys so that they last a long time!
And if your little ones aren’t quite the age where they can work with 12 different pairs, they can pick and choose the sets they want to play with and set them up! I hope you enjoy this magnetic travel match game and that the little ones you know have a ball with them. Happy Friday! And don’t forget to check out Magnetic Travel Bingo & Magnetic Travel Tanagrams, too!