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How to Make A Simple Matching Game for Preschoolers

How to make a simple matching game for preschoolers to practice colors, letters, numbers, and more.

How to make a simple DIY matching game for kids

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A Simple Matching Game for Preschoolers

Matching games are perfect for learning letters, numbers, shapes, and more! This week my four-year-old and I made this simple matching game to go along with the Virtual Book Club for Kids book, The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond. The Kiss Box by Bonnie Verburg is another wonderful book for this theme.

Materials

How to Make this Matching Game

This game is super easy to make!

  1. Punch out hearts
  2. Write letters or numbers, or draw shapes on the hearts. You could also write sight words, or the names of family members as an early literacy activity.
  3. Match uppercase to lowercase, shapes to the same shapes, or numbers to dots or other countable objects (see below for detailed suggestions).
DIY matching game the kids can help you make!

My preschooler wanted to help, so I actually wrote the letters in pencil and she traced them. This tracing is wonderful for fine motor development! You don’t have to use a Sharpie pen; that is what we had out and so of course that was what Anna wanted to use.

A simple heart-shaped matching game to teach kids letters, numbers, shapes, and more.

More Ways to Use This Preschool Matching Game

We made uppercase to lowercase matching cards this time, but I know we will be making more cards! Here are a few ideas:

  • Match numbers to cards with dots on them.
  • Match family names to photos that are glued to cards.
  • Match pattern blocks to outlines on hearts.
  • Match pictures to starting letter cards.

What other ways can you think of to use these cards?

More Fun Heart Themed Learning for Kids

As always, my co-hosts came up with some wonderful heart-themed learning activities this week! Check them out – I also threw in a couple from this site that I thought you might like:

If you are feeling especially ambitious, sew your kids these Color-Me Heart Friends! They are quite easy to make, and ours have seen a lot of play time.

Do you have a heart themed learning activity for children that we should try? How about a heart themed book we need to read? Let me know in the comments. You can also share photos as well as book suggestions and activity ideas on my Facebook page, or tag me on Instagram

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.

8 thoughts on “How to Make A Simple Matching Game for Preschoolers”

  1. So cute and fun! And her tracing is wonderfully neat.

    Another matching you could do is key signatures and/or related minor keys.

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