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!
We’ve matched socks, pom poms, and colors on craft sticks.
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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- White paper roll – this is what we use.
- Markers – I keep a pack for myself
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!
Gather the stickers! Let’s make matching pairs.