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Match !

Here are three variations of matching games that we have been doing and loving recently. They all reinforce colors but using ice tongs for one will help develop the all important pincer grasp , the bean bag game helps with gross motor and the egg one rolls in a Easter theme! Also counting can be added in to each for extra credit !

Pinching Pom Poms

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a divided chip and dip platter or individual bowls. Some scrap paper that matches your pom poms, some tape and ice tongs.
  2. Cut the paper into pieces that fit into the platters sections, leave the middle blank, it will be the starting point for the pom poms.
  3. Place the pom poms into the middle
  4. Start matching, if the tongs are frustrating them , have them do it with their hands.

Easter Egg Match

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some cheap Easter eggs, a bowl for the eggs to start out in, one container for each egg( mine are old blueberry containers) and matching paper for each color of egg.
  2. Cut the paper so they line the bottom of the small containers.
  3. Invite your child to come to the table and start matching.
  4. Praise and celebrate their success !

Toss & Match

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some colored bean bags, and some colored construction paper. You could also use laundry baskets with colored towels in them for a target or anything that is obviously the same color.
  2. Start tossing the bean bags to the target. Toddlers will probably walk up naturally but older children can be challenged to throw the bean bag from a distance, just pop some painters tape on the carpet for them to stay behind.
  3. Start with just a few colors for little guys and work up to many for older children.
Have Fun !


  1. Lisa@BlessedwithGrace says

    These are great ideas. I am so excited to find your site. I am a reader of Tara @ Feels Like Home. Her Works for Me Wednesday post, today, is about a project that she learned from your site. So, I clicked over, from her link. I am so glad. I have a 22 month old. She would love these activities!!

  2. Meredith says

    At first my little=guy wasn’t into the matching game this morning. Then…I presented the tongs to him as a “Crane” and proceeded to make sounds and movements that I figured a crane might make .. he was all for it!

  3. The Bee Hive says

    This is very random, but I just wanted you to know that you have the luckiest little boy! What an incredible childhood you are giving him with all these crafts and learning tools. Very inspiring! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. For Your Inspiration says

    Again, just perfect! I’ve been wracking my brain for ways to work with my daughter on colors. Thanks!

  5. Allie says

    My son is 28 months – so almost 2.5

    The tongs may be a challenge for little ones but they can start matching for sure!

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