Quite some time ago I saw this Pattern Game from Thrive 360 Living and knew I wanted to make something like it for C. He was a little young at the time for patterning but was just getting into color sorting and matching so I thought I would try making him more of a matching game. To be honest when I first made this for him he was not all that interested. Recently however it has been revived and he asks to play the “matching game” often. That being the case I decided it was time to share!
It’s very simple to put together. Much like the counting discs we made not that long ago. I had some foam shape stickers already in our craft closet and a surplus of wooden discs from Michaels. Ta-Da (as C says) it was done!
We’ve played with this matching game in a number of ways. C’s favorite way is to spread the discs out, match them, and then drop the pairs into an old wipes container (which doubles as a storage case). Sometimes he does all the matching and sometimes we make a game of it. It’s been a good introduction to taking turns in game playing. He likes to name the shapes and colors (eg. “blue star” “orange circle”) so it’s works for simply identifying shapes and colors too. The discs can be sorted a multitude of ways (eg. find all the stars, or find all the blue shapes) and of course it makes a perfect memory game too.
If you liked this post be sure to check out our color drop game suitable for older babies and toddlers and this super simple color sorting game made with dollar store items for more color sorting fun and learning.