Another great memory game hack! This one's from Heather:
When my daughter was too young to play her big brother's Memory game, she was still fascinated by the cards and wanted to "play." We soon hit on another way to play with the cards that we could all enjoy. We stack about ten cards face down, then draw the first card. Let's say it's a skunk. The person who drew the card then starts telling a story ("Once upon a time there was a Skunk named Pete.") The next person draws a card. Say it's a banana. So they continue the story by adding a detail about bananas ("Pete loved bananas.") And so it goes until the cards are all used. Of course there are plenty of ways to vary the play of the game according to the ages of participants, but anyway you do it, there are always lots of giggles (not to mention skill-building).