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Easy DIY Color Matching Game for Preschoolers and Toddlers

Kids love this simple preschooler-designed color matching game! It’s great for developing fine motor skills, too.




  1. Divide back of plate into as many sections as you want to use colors.
  2. Color each section a different color.
  3. Color the clothespins these same colors
  4. Attach the clothespins to the section of the plate with the same color.

This is an activity I’ve seen on several blogs. I got out the materials and Emma did the rest. I had planned to at least divide the sections for her, but she was showing a rare independence streak and asked to do it herself. I think she did a great job. We were using IKEA markers, and she used the marker end for coloring the plate and the stamp end for the clothespins. Johnny made one too. I drew the lines for him and he decorated the top. I then color-coded the edges so it could still be used to play the game.


Both kids enjoyed this game – it was very easy for Emma and a challenge for Johnny (because of the clothespins).

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What are your favorite color matching games for kids?

MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

11 thoughts on “Easy DIY Color Matching Game for Preschoolers and Toddlers”

  1. I made something very similar to this for M over the weekend. I used a color wheel we already had, but I think he might get more out of the activity by making it himself. I love yours! Thanks for the great idea!

  2. Wonderful! Such a good idea to have the kids make their own game! We have (and love) those Ikea stamping markers, too. Now with the cooler and rainier weather, we are probably going to do more indoor crafts and I might be brave enough to bring out the markers. Maybe a good time to train Kate to actually use them properly and not decorate herself.

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