Greetings! I had planned on posting on the topic of art history for toddlers and preschoolers this week, but got distracted by a Southern snowstorm. The kids have been out of school for three days which has allowed us lots of time for creative projects and quiet downtime. It presented the perfect opportunity to create an art history memory card game, which I’ve wanted to do for some time now.
The game features 15 famous works of art by masters such as Raphael Sanzio, Henri Matisse, Piero della Francesca and Frida Kahlo. The images are mostly comprised of Western art, with Indian and African art represented as well.
My son and oldest daughter played several rounds of Memory with the cards yesterday. Each time a card was flipped over, I would announce the name of the artwork and artist. Kolbe and Anders didn’t even realize they were getting an art history lesson amidst all the fun! They even learned about historical figures such as Neferneferuaten Nefertiti and Gautama Buddha. They already knew about Jesus and Mary, who also make a appearance.
Make an Art History Memory Game:
1. Download and print the cards using the links below.
I printed the cards on 65# white card stock. This stock wasn’t heavy enough so I used spray mount to glue them to an even heavier cardstock. You can always have them laminated instead which would give the cards more longevity. I cut them out using a utility knife which made for cleaner lines, but scissors would work fine as well.
These cards are so versatile and the possibilities are limitless. Here are five more activities involving the cards.