Gather those sticker sheets. It is time to make matching sticker pairs for your toddler!
We are on a matching game-high over here. My seven and five-year-old are taking the lead, and my three-year-old wants desperately to be a part of the group. Sticker pairs are a fun gateway for your toddler into the more complex memory matching games!
Even better, you know that I enjoyed that hot cup of morning tea as he found sticker pairs. – In true Breakfast Invitations fashion.
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Sticker sheets can drive us all a little nutty.
Even with our art cart, I find stickers just waiting patiently to be played with. Stickers come in; they are exciting, then into the drawer they go.
Well, I’ve got a plan. Dig up the half-used sticker sheets because it’s time to get matching.
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Matching games are good for toddlers because they introduce:
- Identifying patterns
- Paying attention to details
- Increasing focus and attention
- Studying how images are alike
- Looking at details how images are different
- Improving fine motor when grasping each card or sticker
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We really enjoy memory activities that we can make in a flash!
It doesn’t take much to get a matching activity going in your home. Take a look around and see what has matching pairs to begin!
Here, we went with stickers. – another favorite supply we try to use often!
Let’s get this sticker matching game set up!
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I taped my white paper to the tabletop.
Next, I added boxes to make groups of two.
I placed one of each matching pair into the first box and placed the other sticker to the workspace’s left.
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My toddler ate this up! As he entered the table, he named each sticker and looked at each detail.
Oooh, a green dot. Where is that green dot? Oh, here it is! I will put it right here. Ha! A cute little owl. Look at this little owl with his blue wings.
So not only were we beginning our day with a simple play prompt, but we were also increasing vocabulary and paying attention to details that may have otherwise been overlooked.
When my toddler finished matching stickers, I asked him to point and tell me the stickers he found. This was exactly what we both needed to kickstart our day with play!