File Folder Game: Matching

file folder matching game

I originally intended for Emma to play a memory game with these paint chips, but while she loves memory games on the computer she did not enjoy the paint chip version. Both she and Johnny enjoy this matching game. It’s pretty challenging for Johnny and easy but fun for Emma.

color matching game



  1. Trim paint chips.
  2. Attach one set to file folder using packing tape.
  3. Use second set to match.
  4. Make a pocket for the second set out of packing tape (fold one piece in half for the pocket and use three more pieces to attach to the folder).
  5. Hand to your child to play.

Children enjoy this simple game, which helps them develop color awareness. Color matching also reinforces one to one correspondence, which will help them with math as they grow older.

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

12 thoughts on “File Folder Game: Matching”

  1. I love the simplicity of it! This would be perfect for my almost 2 year old. Thanks! Plus the cleanup/storage is EASY…got to love that1

  2. I recently discovered your blog through Quadmama over at Buried in Laundry. What a great idea! I'll stop by our local Home Depot today so I can try out some paint chip activities with my three-year-olds.

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