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Tired of your memory cards getting scratched, bent and marked so you already know whats on the other side?
Not sure what to do with all those Altoids tins you have lying around the house?
Well we have the instructable for you!

Fine print: Please note that Altoids tins can get scratched, bent and marked so you could memorize what is inside of them.
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Step 1: Step 1: Collect Altoids Tins

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We used the Altoids gum tins, but you could use any type of tin.
Collect a lot of Altoids tins, they should be all the same.
More tins...
We mean a lot of tins.

Step 2: Step 2: Collect Stuff

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Start collecting stuff, just make sure you have enough of each kind of item to fill two Altoids tins.
Pretty much anything will do as long as it fits inside the tin.
Colorful stuff, fun stuff, textured stuff.

Step 3: Step 3: Fill Altoids Tins

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Fill all of your Altoids tins. Remember two of each kind, just like the ark.
Double check that you can close your tins. Some items (e.g. crayons) may need to be "re-sized."
Secure your items inside your tins.
     -You don't want to lose any pieces, that would make it hard to match.
     -You don't want pieces to move around inside and make noise, that would make it too easy to match.
Hot Glue is the fastest and easiest.

Step 4: Step 4: Play Altoids Tin Memory

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Arrange filled Altoids tins in any pattern and start playing...
Almonds, Lion: not a match.
Feather, Altoids: not a match.
Green and blue, green and blue: MATCH!
Shells, Almonds: not a match... now where were those other almonds?

Step 5: Step 5: Optional Educational Version

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You can label your tins with what is inside. We chose to cut letters out of newspaper ads, but I'm sure there are lots of other creative ways to decorate/label your tins that more talented/ steady handed people could accomplish.

We also did a few that were color matches... String and crayons, both pink. Chips and crayons, both green...

I'm sure you get the idea.
i would have to eat a lot of altoids
Oi233 years ago
Where did you get all those tins!? I can't find a single retailer that sells Altoids gum.
sunshiine3 years ago
Clever idea! Thanks for sharing!
ChrysN3 years ago
Looks fun, great idea!