Christmas Memory Game

Want to create a memory that the whole family will love? This Christmas Memory Game is a fun way to play and develop skills like visual perception, visual memory, visual attention, crossing midline, and more. Memory card games support the development of so many skills, and this one is no different! Be sure to add this fun idea to your Christmas occupational therapy activities.

Christmas memory game

Christmas Memory Game

Did you know you can make a Christmas memory game using materials found around the home using things like recycled Christmas cards, scraps of Christmas wrapping paper, or even pictures cut from all of the toy magazines that arrive each day.

Using items you have on hand is key, because you can use them as tools to develop fine motor skills and scissor skills in order to make your own, customized Christmas memory activity.

How to make a Christmas memory Game:

First, gather your materials:

  • Old scraps of wrapping paper, recycled holiday cards, etc.
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Next, you’ll want to make sure whatever you’re using has a duplicate image. In the case of using holiday wrapping paper, this is ideal because the images are typically duplicated over and over again.

Plus, using wrapping paper to build scissor skills is great for young kids!

Next cut out images to make the memory cards.

Cut out backing from paper. Be sure to use all the same color and all the same side.

Finally, glue the images onto one side of the memory card backs.

Then, start playing Christmas Memory!

We made this fun little Memory Game with wrapping paper and Christmas stickers.  Big Sister LOVES to play Memory (and she’s pretty good at it too…she beats us most of the time)!






She had a blast with this easy game and we have been having fun playing Christmas Memory! 
Only a few more days of Christmas Play are in our series!


Don’t want to make your own memory game? Grab a copy of our Christmas Therapy Kit to target many fine motor skills and visual motor skills. The kit has printable pages, including a set of memory cards that can be colored and used in memory games or in sensory bins.

Have fun!

Colleen Beck, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist since 2000, working in school-based, hand therapy, outpatient peds, EI, and SNF. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. Read her story about going from an OT making $3/hour (after paying for kids’ childcare) to a full-time OT resource creator for millions of readers. Want to collaborate? Send an email to

Memory game made from different Christmas wrapping paper. Text reads "Christmas memory game (DIY)"

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