I wanted to make a simple color matching game the younger children and toddlers could play. Not too many pieces to avoid frustration so learning and enjoyment occurs.
First, I cut squares of paper and decided to include the name of the color printed on each square for print and letter exposure. I make 2 of each color and put stickers on. Some have 1 sticker and others 2 or 3. That way some counting is included as part of the fun!
I glue the squares on a blue paper and then cut each one the same size.
When I can I like to laminate the game or use clear contact paper. I have games that are over 25 years old and are still used.
Talk about how to play the game with children before playing. Use clear and simple instructions. Just lay each piece down with the blue side showing. Now each person turns 2 pieces over. If they match, you set them beside you. It’s now the next person’s turn to do the same thing. Everyone gets 1 turn and then another until every card is matched.
I like making my own games so I can focus on where each child is developmentally. One game may have all green stickers but each card will have a different number of green stickers to focus on the color green and/or the counting the objects on each sticker.
Language and vocabulary is increased as names of objects are identified, colors are labeled, and conversation happens about what a frog does, lives, or we may even stop and hop like a frog! Fine motor skills are strengthened when each card is picked up and turned over (like grasping and wrist rotation).
After playing the game, a child sorts the cards: all the 1, 2, 3′s or by color or by size.